Volkswagen leads diverse field.
VW Passat 118TSI
WHERE once base-model money bought you a badge and not much else, the Volkswagen Passat proves you can get a cracking little donk and decent equipment for the money.
The 1.8-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder is responsive, smooth and characterful, and uses only 7.2L/100km, which is brilliant for a brisk 1500kg sedan (or wagon). Yet it’s the Passat’s reasonable purchase price combined with a decent 59 percent three-year resale figure that does the bulk of the money-saving.
Citroen DS5 DSport HDi
THE DS5 stands up to Gold Star scrutiny with its efficient turbo-diesel engine, stout resale, conveniently long service interval and generous six-year warranty.
Infiniti Q50 GT 2.2d
THIS rear-wheel-drive Japanese sedan is not as polished as the Passat, but its 2.2-litre turbo-diesel is miserly (5.2L/100km) and Infiniti’s four-year warranty is better than most.
|Premium Medium Cars $45K-$60K||Volkswagen Passat 118TSI sedan||Citroen DS5 DSport HDi||Infiniti Q50 GT 2.2d|
|Combined cycle fuel (L/100km)||7.2||6.1||5.2|
|Fuel RON (min. rec.)||95||D||D|
|Three-year fuel cost||$4376||$3687||$3143|
|Redbook resale (%)||58.6||58.1||53.4|
|AAMI insurance premium||$1023||$1207||$1202|
|Service interval (months)||12||12||12|