Any way you look at it, a new car is an investment. The cost of the vehicle itself plus registration, insurance, maintenance, and petrol can really add up. But there is no substitute for the convenience offered by owning a vehicle, and sometimes it is the only practical way to get to work on time.
Luckily, smart shopping can help you snag a reliable new vehicle for a reasonable price. One good strategy is to pinpoint vehicles that are sold only in South American countries, not the United States. Vehicles peddled in North America are often loaded with unnecessary features that bloat the price.
Used cars are always less expensive, but they don’t come with that new car smell. You also get a manufacturer’s warranty with a new vehicle that protects you from getting hit by a huge repair bill in the first months of your car ownership. If you are committed to buying new, stick with us to discover 7 great makes that won’t break the bank.
1. Dodge Atos
Base Price: 149,844 pesos ($7800 USD)
If you don’t need a ton of space in your new vehicle, consider the subcompact hatchback Dodge Atos. Though it comes in at just 137.6 inches long, it does have four doors. The Atos is powered by a 1.1 liter, four cylinder engine that pushes this lightweight vehicle to a top speed of 159 km/hr. You can expect to get ABS, airbags, and air conditioning standard in your Atos.
Interestingly, though the Atos is sold under the Dodge label, it is actually made by Hyundai in India. It is considered a reliable vehicle and is frequently used as a taxi for that reason. Incredible deals can be found on the Atos because it has recently been replaced by the Dodge i10, also made by Hyundai.
2. Dodge i10
Base Price: 166,584 pesos ($8600 USD)
The i10 is also built in India and has a 1.1 liter, four cylinder engine. And unlike the Atos, the base price does not include air conditioning. But the i10 is a bit more spacious with 140.35 inches in length. More legroom has been built in for the backseat passengers, and a variety of ergonomic features accommodate drivers of different heights.
The i10 has attractive styling with pulled-back headlamps, chrome lined grille, and integrated clear lens fog lamps. On the tailgate you will find a chrome-lined boot release handle. If you are comfortable spending a bit more, the i10 also comes in a Grand version with sleeker styling and more space.