Buyers' Guide: Five great used hatches under $15,000
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Drivers in larger towns and cities are often faced with the reality of needing a practical and affordable hatchback to get them from A to B.
At the AA, we sometimes receive calls from members looking to find an affordable, used hatchback. A hatch can be a great alternative to larger vehicle types.
Here’s an overview of five used New Zealand-new hatchbacks we regularly discuss with our members in the market for these kinds of vehicles.
Suzuki Swift Sport. Photo / Supplied
Suzuki Swift 2012-14
The incredibly popular Suzuki Swift is lightweight, and its iconic look hasn’t changed much since the launch of its second generation in 2004 when its outward appearance had a major redesign.
The 2014 Swift offers a lot in terms of safety Electronic Stability Programme, ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution with brake-assist. All NZ-new models received a 5-star Ancap safety rating. One of the most popular models is the 2014 1.4 GLX, which features a combined cycle fuel consumption of 6.2l/100km and is available with a conventional four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual gearbox.
VW Polo 2010-14
Our most inquired about European hatch is the Volkswagen Polo, popular with those who want a compact car with a bit of luxury and continental style.
The Polo is a solid, low-cost choice. It’s fun and easy to drive around town and on the motorway, and its well-insulated cabin allows a fairly quiet ride.
It also has good storage space for luggage. There are several engine variants — the most discussed models have been the Comfortline 1.4 which achieves an economy of 5.8l/100km thanks to its responsive Direct-shift gearbox (DSG). Again, all variants of the Polo received a 5-star Ancap rating.
Hyundai i30 2012-15
In 2012, the second-generation i30 started to mature, seeing Hyundai’s popularity increase among Kiwi drivers. The design language changed to reflect European styling, which resulted in a competitive car from both a price and spec perspective.
The i30 offers generous leg room and can comfortably accommodate four adults. The 2012 model is favoured for its mid-sized 1.8-litre engine and fuel economy of just 6.9l/100km.
Interior space is ample and boot capacity is 378 litres. A 5-star Ancap rating is maintained from all i30s.
2013 Toyota Corolla. Photo / Supplied
Toyota Corolla 2012-15
Another popular choice is the Toyota Corolla. The Corolla has a solid reputation for reliability and dependability, plus low cost and excellent residual value.
In 2013, the dependable 1.8-litre power plant returned with a few tweaks and enhancements.
The older, four-speed automatic transmission was removed in favour of a CVT auto with seven stepped ratios allowing for a respectable 6.6l/100km.
There was also a six-speed manual that was offered as an option for entry-level GX buyers. All received a 5-star Ancap rating.
Kia Rio 2012-15
The Kia Rio has piqued the interest of our members, particularly the 2013-14 LX and EX models. The Rio shares some of the styling of its larger sibling, the Optima sedan, and sports Bluetooth connectivity as well as steering wheel controls for phone and audio commands. You have a choice of either a classic four-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission.
The Rio’s 1.4-litre Gamma GDI engine consumes 6.4l /100km.
Depending on their mileage and condition, these vehicles will normally cost between $10,000 and $15,000. All models from 2012 onwards have 5-star Ancap ratings.