The Road Ahead : June July 2014
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 49 COSTS & RATINGS Price^ $26,840^ Environmental rating ANCAP safety rating Capped price servicing $219 (per service) For 15/30/45,000km Annual insurance costs^^ $880.97 Price^ $25,990^ Environmental rating ANCAP safety rating Capped price servicing $349 average (1yr/15,000km services) over 5yrs/75,000km Annual insurance costs^^ $898.60 Price^ $27,490 ^ Environmental rating ANCAP safety rating Capped price servicing $290-316 (10,000km service) for life of vehicle Annual insurance costs^^ $953.59 JUN/JUL 2014 THE ROAD AHEAD CAR COMPARISON | MOTORING Second cheapest at just $750 more than the Corolla and nearly a match for the Toyota by way of practicality, the Kia shares equal best warranty with the Hyundai, though its anticipated Glass's Guide residual (40 percent) is not quite as sharp. And, yes, it and the Hyundai also come with capped price servicing (see table). Like Corolla, it lacks dual climate-control and sat nav, though 'extras' include front/rear fog lamps, headed/folding external mirrors and aircon vents for rear passengers. It sips more ULP than the others (7.4 litres/100km ADR, 8.5 on test) but has the equal lowest (with Elantra) GVG 3.5 star rating. CONCLUSION The small car segment is one of the most popular on the Australian motoring landscape. And, in this comparison, we've experienced among the best of the best. The Hyundai and Kia should be on any serious buyer's list for consideration, particularly if all-round value is what drives you. That said, from what we have seen, the sales battle will remain between Mazda and Toyota. The latest generation Mazda3 and Corolla both do justice to their respected nameplates, being well- engineered and more practical, efficient, user-friendly and a better ownership proposition than ever before. Which is better? For us, it's Mazda3. ^ Prices are Manufacturers' List Prices, not driveaway or special deal. ^^ Insurance cost is based on an RACQ Insurance comprehensive policy for a 35-year-old male, maximum no claim bonus, vehicle financially unencumbered, and $600 excess. Postcode 4066, multi-policy and RACQ member loyalty discounts may apply. Discounts of 2.5-15 percent may be available to RACQ members, depending on length of membership. Price^ $25,240 ^ Environmental rating ANCAP safety rating Capped price servicing $130 (max. per service) for 3 yrs/60,000km Annual insurance costs^^ $972.66 TOYOTA COROLLA SX HYUNDAI ELANTRA ELITE KIA CERATO SI MAZDA3 TOURING IMAGES: MAZDA3 TOURING. TO SEE A VIDEO OF OUR COMPARISON, GO TO YOUTUBE.COM/RACQOFFICIAL.