AT A GLANCE

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ALFA GI­ULI­ETTA ROMEO 2011-14

PRICE NEW $36,990-$41,990

PRICE NOW $15,000-$23,500; QV $17,500-$35,000; JTD $18,000-$27,000 SAFETY 5 stars EN­GINE 1.4-litre 4-cyl turbo, 125kW/230Nm; 1.7-litre 4-cyl turbo, 173kW/300Nm; 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel, 125kW/320Nm TRANS­MIS­SION 6-speed man, 6-speed dual-clutch auto; FWD THIRST 4.5L-7.6L/100km

ALSO CON­SIDER

VW GOLF 2011-14 What it lacks in style it makes up for in ef­fi­ciency. Ticks all the boxes but well-doc­u­mented prob­lems with DSG gear­box sug­gest cau­tion. Pay $10,500-$31,500

FORD FO­CUS 2012-14 Ford’s small Euro is a de­light to drive with per­for­mance and on-road dy­nam­ics matched by few oth­ers. Pay $10,500-$32,000

HONDA CIVIC 2011-14 Well-built, solid per­former with good re­sale, the small Honda is worth a look. Pay $12,500-$25,000

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