Half of the Mazda2 range is priced below $20,000. The pick is the Maxx hatch or sedan, which retails for $17,690 (manual) and $19,690 (auto). The Maxx has alloy wheels, a reversing camera and user-friendly infotainment. Autonomous emergency braking is standard. The gutsy 1.5-litre engine is very easy on fuel.
Pros: Sedan boot space; styling; equipment; five-year warranty.
Cons: Tiny tachometer; firm ride.