Style and substance meet in the premium hatch showdown
1. Citroen DS3 D Sport
WHETHER it’s D Style or D Sport, Citroen’s forward-looking DS3 leads the premium compact class for value. Unlike many in the segment (see Mini Cooper), it defies retro to deliver a new take on Euro-cool hatch. But the true beauty of the DS3, as our Gold Star Value analysis reveals, is that it’s both the adventurous and the sensible choice.
The $30K D Sport is pricier than the Style, but more economical at 6.7L/100km (on
95 RON fuel). Resale is reasonable for the class, at 59 percent, while annual insurance
is at the cheaper end of the scale at $1053. Its 12-month service interval is as good as it gets, and the six-year warranty sets it apart in this class.
2. Mini Cooper
THIRD-GEN Cooper is no longer quite so mini, but still big on value. Miserly 4.7L/100km fuel figure counts for plenty, while consistent showings elsewhere help it to the silver medal.
3. Volvo V40 D2 Kinetic
TURBO-DIESEL economy and solid resale help V40’s bid, while its 4.2L/100km turbo-diesel economy and 12-month service interval drive the Volvo’s value equation home in convincing fashion.
|Premium Compact <$50k||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)|
|Citroen DS3 D Sport||$29,990||6.7||95||$4072||59||$12,295||$1053.19||12||6|
|Volvo V40 D2 Kinetic||$36,990||4.2||D||$2538||66||$12,576||$1159.27||12||3|
Notable classmates: Lexus CT200h, Mercedes-Benz A180 / Number of cars crunched: 9
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