THE best small car in showrooms today is the Volkswagen Golf. But when you’re shopping right on the $20,000 mark and your list has value as first, second and third priority, things change.
When you’re also looking at the ongoing costs of a new car, from fuel and servicing to tyres and insurance, the running order might not be what you expect. Even the impressive new Mazda3 loses out when you’re looking at starting-price contenders, as the 2014 model gets none of the dollar dealing of its rivals. So here are the three that get The Tick from me as the best buys at $20,000.