Performance Car Under $75K: Gold Star Value Awards 2014

Peugeot's hot hatch turns the tables on Ford

1. Peugeot 208 GTi
PUG’S return-to-form GTi may have bowed to Ford’s Fiesta ST at comparo time, but when it comes to number-crunching, the feisty French hot hatch turns the tables on its rival.

Despite costing $4000 more to buy, the 208 fights back with stronger resale, for starters, though whether this will be reflected in real-world used prices remains to be seen. Then there are the Pug’s 5.9L/100km official fuel use and $978 insurance premium, the best of any of the 25 performance cars considered. Only a good (but not great) three-year warranty stood between the reborn GTi and a Gold Star Awards clean-sweep.

2. Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo
ONLY 0.7 percentage points separated the 208 GTi and Hyundai’s quirky four-door coupe. The boosted Veloster boasts fine efficiency, superb resale, inexpensive insurance, a 12-month service interval and a five-year warranty.

3. Renault Clio RS200 EDC
RENAULT’S re-priced, fourth-gen hot Clio, now with turbo-assisted shove, moves firmly into the crosshairs for value-conscious buyers, narrowly ahead of another hi-po Korean coupe, the Kia Koup Turbo.

Perform. <$75k Purchase Price Comb. Fuel (L/100km) Fuel RON (min. rec.) 3-year fuel cost Redbook resale (%) 3-year deprec. AAMI insurance prem. Service interval (months) Warranty (years)
Peugeot 208 GTi $29,990 5.9 95 $3586 68 $9597 $978.87 12 3
Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo $31,990 6.8 91 $3881 65 $11,197 $992.02 12 5
Renault Clio RS200 EDC $29,290 6.3 95 $3829 60 $11,716 $1124.80 12 5

Notable classmates: Kia Cerato Koup Turbo, Ford Fiesta ST / Number of cars crunched: 25

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