DriveTribe Creators' Value for Money Car of the Year

Do i hear you say "Save money and money will save you?" Well then, vote for one amongst this year's finest 8 value for money cars!

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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!

Honda Jazz

Credit: Honda India

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.

DS3 Crossback:

Credit: DS Automobiles UK

Credit: DS Automobiles UK

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!

Rivian R1T:

Credit: Rivian

Credit: Rivian

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.

Volvo S60

Credit: Volvo USA

Credit: Volvo USA

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!

Škoda Scala:

Credits: Wikipedia Commons

Credits: Wikipedia Commons

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:

Credit: Chevrolet

Credit: Chevrolet

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:

Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Credit: Mercedes-Benz

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

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.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned! Best Race Cars of 2019 coming up next!

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Comments (12)

  • My vote goes to the C8 Corvette, with a base price of 60k USD you're getting a lot of car for your money, you get a 6.2L V8 with 490HP and 630Nm of torque that too for 60k. But there quite a lot of customisation options that Chevrolet offers which will definitely make the price of the C8 go up.

      9 months ago
  • The Mercedes is nice

      9 months ago
  • That is one difficult category, depending on country, period and the state of the individual manufacturers and what you are looming for. For over 15 years Volvo provided unbeatable value for money cars (i.e. cars with premium features but providing better rates than some equally well specced mass producers). Now this seems to be over. Japanese were never competitive in Western Europe with their pricing, so I wonder if a Jazz would make sense in a list like that.

    I hardly ever saw a good deal on a Merc (and that was a car I never would have bought, the end of model cycle w212 E class), I wonder what I would get with them on a brand new model.

    CLA was anything but entry level car.

    The only eligible cars remain the Corvette and Skala...

      9 months ago
    • Totally respect your opinion. But cars like Corolla and Jazz have offered inexpensive hauling round the world for long, and still do. Now this can greatly vary country-by-country as you said. For example, Camry seems like a very good...

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        9 months ago
    • Jazz and Corolla (Auris) has been quite overpriced in Europe (at least to my impressions). They are matched to price lists of European mainstream players without the rebates they offer. And this is largely true to most Japanese...

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        9 months ago
  • i30 N?

      9 months ago
    • For this series of posts, we considered only new cars launched in 2019. Not even facelifts. i30 N, on the other hand, was launched probably in 2017.

        9 months ago
  • I voted for the Mercedes for an obvious reason

      9 months ago
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