DriveTribe Creators' Value for Money Car of the Year
Sequeling the series where a coterie of eight DriveTribe creators nominate their picks for the best cars of a particular category released in 2019, we are here with another set of eight cars that qualify the nomination stage in their respective forte.
As our circle completed the surprising car of the year, we advance towards the best value for money cars released in 2019!
Credit: Honda India
Following the philosophy of – "Don't save what's left after spending. Spend what's left after saving!" – Honda Jazz is a clear choice for anyone looking for inexpensive but quality family hauling. Cheap and easy maintenance, commendable fuel economy, great practicality and features act as musical notes to the Jazz! As its fourth generation was revealed this year and sales are to commence in 2020, we see it housing a 1.0 VTEC and a 1.5 hybrid motor for the first time, along with an unexpected retro vibe from the styling.
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The smallest crossover under the DS umbrella, DS3 Crossback does not disappoint the marque with its inherently quirky design! However, the quirky design doesn't end there as you see the interiors housing an unusual diamond-inspired design. Overall, the starting price of just over $21k with such superior quality, style, practicality, and decent performance (that awaits the forthcoming E-Tense EV tech for a claimed 0-100 of 8.7 seconds) earn it a nomination!
The 'Italian-supercar-beating truck', the R1T comes with an ambitious approach to the new electric truck sect. Going for a rather hefty $69k, it is actually not all that high considering the supercar-territory specs. 0-100 under 3 seconds (or little over it on lower trims), with uncompromised off-road ability make it an apt competitor for the established mid-size pickups like Ford Ranger and full-size pickups like F-150.
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Starting with a price of only $36k, Volvo S60 is one hell of a force to be reckoned with! Even the base variant packs applaudable features. As one advances towards the higher end, the value for money factor gets more intense along with the performance, which starts at a modest 250 bhp and 215 Nm but goes all the way up to 415 bhp and 670 Nm in the Polestar-tuned Plug-in Hybrid. The S60 has all qualities of a sleeper and is one of the best cars in the luxury car market right now, while not demanding exorbitant prices. A true bang for buck!
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If practicality means the world to you, Scala is probably one of your best bids! Available with several engine and transmission options, Škoda has already put their Golf-sibling on sale and its sure selling like hot cakes! The starting price being around $16k, this is for those who find the VW Golf and Ford Focus a tad bit too expensive but still want a taste of top-notch practicality and fuel economy. Filling the gap between the smaller Fabia and the liftback Octavia, Scala's crisp aesthetics also match the other cars in Škoda's roster. Needless to say, Škoda nailed it with this and it would be interesting to see how it morphs into the speculated Rapid sedan!
Chevrolet Corvette C8:
American muscle cars have forever been a bang for their buck compared to their European counterparts. The new mid-engined Corvette C8 takes that to another level with its starting price of just $60k. Although the performance and aesthetical packages cost a couple thousands extra, the V8-powered machine still remains far inexpensive compared to the dignified Germans like the BMW M4. Agreed Corvette may lack certain comforts but as for raw performance, its unparalleled at this price range.
Mercedes-Benz A220 sedan:
After Mercedes-Benz's failed attempt at an 'entry-level' sedan with the CLA-Class, Mercedes was like "why not elongate our entry-level hatchback into a sedan?" So they did and luckily, it didn't turn out disastrous. In fact, A220 is a well-executed sedan with plenty of features, great comfort, decent styling, and an attractive starting price of around $30k. The performance is not that bad but the fuel economy is a bit of a concern.
Toyota Corolla Station Wagon:
Credit: Toyota New Zealand
The iconic Corolla received its twelfth iteration this year and it sure sprinkled it with the mint of refreshment. The station wagon variant of the same appeared to our coterie the most deserving of this nomination, the primary reasons being the low price of around $20k. The safety features at offer are plenty like 7 Airbags, Pre-Collision System with Autonomous Emergency Braking and Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection . The 60:40 split allows 800 litres of storage while the 7-inch infotainment has Apple Car Play, Android Auto, Cruise Control and other worthy features. The performance is also decent with 0-100 taking place in only 7.7 seconds.