Premium compact under $50K
1st Audi A1 Sportback 1.0 TFSI
Just as downsizers stepping from big early-century homes in the suburbs are choosing flash inner-city apartments and townhouses, those stepping from medium and large cars are opting for designer babies such as the Audi A1 Sportback rather than pedestrian small hatches. With a chirpy 1.0-litre turbo triple, Ingolstadt’s smallest model uses just 4.2L/100km which makes it the least costly to fuel of any Gold Star Value award recipient. The insurance cost is reasonable for a premium hatch at $776, while the 12-month service interval will save hassle and a few bucks.
2nd2dmi Minii CooperC
Condition-based servicing means the cheeky three-door Cooper will tell you when it needs a trip to see the spannerman, and it could go up to two years between visits, according to Mini. .
33rddbmw BMW 118i Ssport Liline
The $ 36,990 BMW 118i will hold 57 percent of its new value after three years, compared with 46 percent for the $ 9500-cheaper Mini Cooper – a de depreciation difference of just $ 360/year.