Faced with downsizing from large and sophisticated cars to counter expensive vehicle prices and fuel costs? Don’t fret, cheap doesn’t necessarily mean nasty. Budget hatchbacks can be pumped full of luxury items normally found in expensive brands that cost a million and above. Here are five hatchbacks that can sort you out whether you are looking for luxury, genuine sporting ability, or both, but importantly on a budget.
Fiat’s sporting subsidiary Abarth has a history of churning out special models of the cutesy 500, making for truly cool but eye-wateringly expensive special editions. In recent times they have marketed the carbon-fibre heavy 695 Biposto, which commanded a staggering R880,000, but now the most prized model is the 595 Monster Energy Yamaha cabriolet. It has voice control and an electric-sliding soft-top roof, which aren’t the top-notch opulence items, but it comes with a 1.4T four-cylinder engine with 121kW/230Nm and adaptive sports suspension. It’s about chic city travels with historic street-cred and an above-average shove and agility for R509,900.