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e lit­tle cars – what the ht cars – have big broth­ers mod­els sneak­ing un­der the Hyundai i30 1.6-litre at dai Elantra two-litre at ato two-litre at $18,990 and 1.8-litre at $17,990 are t-so-small cars. oad costs on top of the list clude dealer de­liv­ery fee, mp duty, com­pul­sory inon. They can add up, so eep your to­tal out­lay un­der ith a car much lower than means that ‘‘drive away’’ ent. They are some­times sale is on. In the past few Mazda2 (listed at $16,500) e away, a Nis­san Mi­cra 990 drive away, a Suzuki at $12,990 drive away, a 16,290) at $16,990 drive away, a Honda Jazz GLi 1.3 ($16,990) at $17,490 drive away and Ford Fi­esta LX five­door ($18,790) at $17,990 drive away.

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.

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