While Hyundai is clearly looking towards the future with its current Ioniq model and newly-established sub-brand of the same name, the current Plug-in Hybrid model is one version that still feels perfectly suited to today’s age.
We bring together the two most affordable electric cars in Australia to do battle and establish which budget EV is best.
There are plenty of reasons to like Nissan’s second-generation all-electric Leaf, from its smart looks to its impressive driving dynamics, but a lack of charging infrastructure here in Australia along with its limited range presents some big hurdles for it to jump over.
BMW’s most powerful four-cylinder engine ever fitted to a production car certainly gives the suitably hot M135i enough in the way of outright performance, but it’s unfortunately not without its dynamic shortcomings.
Hyundai’s recently-updated all-electric Ioniq, the cheapest EV in Australia, has been given a new look, better technology, and, most importantly, a bigger battery providing far more range than before and giving it yet another reason why you might want to seriously consider going electric with your next car.
As the all-new BMW 1 Series shifts away from its position as the only rear-wheel drive hatchback on sale with the adoption of front-wheel drive, it’s a controversial move that the company is willing to take in order to sacrifice some driving dynamics in the name of practicality.
The turbocharged Kia Cerato GT is not only a right hoot to drive, as you might expect, but is also one of the best all-around value for money buys on the market right now.
Hyundai’s sporty three-door hatch has returned for the new decade after a hiatus of a couple of years, but is its endearingly funky design enough to make it worth a significant premium over the far more sensible i30?
Kia’s pint-sized performance Picanto packs a surprising amount of punch, especially for such a minuscule asking price, but does it really feel like it’s worthy of bearing that GT badge on the back?
Few cars out there feel more overwhelmingly normal than the Kia Cerato, but that’s certainly no bad thing as it makes for an honest, practical, dependable, and inoffensive daily driver.