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Sadly, many little cars do not have ABS (anti-skid brakes) or stability control. Look for those that do and it certainly pays to take the optional safety pack where available. Hyundai Getz S, for example, has an optional $1290 safety pack that gives ABS and stability control to help avoid a crash.
Also look for warranty length and features such as 60/40 split rear seat back.
The cars in this week’s comparison are selected as automatic transmission versions and the best possible trim level while staying under $20,000 – plus on-road costs.
Lowest priced car? It’s the Proton Persona S16 G, a four-door sedan with 1.3-litre engine, 70kW power, driver airbag, airconditioning, power front windows, central locking and four-speaker sound system – for $11,990.