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Top Selling Small Cars in Australia

Taking the plunge on a new car can be an exciting (if expensive) time, with no shortage of brands, models and colours for you to choose from before you can hit the open road. But while some may be swayed to opt for an SUV or a ute, what about those who don’t need a lot of space and have their eyes on a small car? To help narrow down the search, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries releases a monthly report on the top-selling cars in Australia, showing which models are proving most popular on our roads. Check this page for regular updates on the best-selling small cars, with the top five selling models in October 2023 listed below:

  1. Toyota Corolla
  2. Hyundai i30
  3. MG 3
  4. MG 4
  5. Kia Picanto

#1 Toyota Corolla – 1,746 sales

Selling over 1,700 units in October, the Toyota Corolla has been one of the more popular small cars for a while now, offering multiple model types, including hatch, sedan and hybrid, including the likes of the Ascent Sport, SX and ZR.

The latest models include seven airbags for increased safety, a 2.0L Dynamic Force direct injection petrol or 1.8L VVT-i hybrid engine, with Active Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Safety and Lane Departure Alert available across the range. If you’re looking for something extra, additional features include wireless phone charging, an 8-speaker JBL audio system as well as heated front seats to help make the most of your time behind the wheel.

#2 Hyundai i30 – 1,521 sales

Consistently a popular option for those after a smaller car, the i30 offers multiple models for drivers to test out, making it an ideal option for those looking for a hatchback or sedan. Selling over 1,500 units in October, the i30 is helping to change the face of the Korean brand.

Available with petrol, diesel and turbo engines, the i30 range consists of the Active, Elite, N-Line and N-Line Premium, with features such as LED daytime running lamps, wireless phone charging and Smart Sense safety functions available, with dual zone climate control on all models except the Active range. If you’re looking for something with a bit more grunt to it, the N-Line series may be the option for you, with an upgraded suspension system, active variable exhaust system and multiple driving modes all helping to make the drive more exciting.

#3 MG 3 – 1,412 sales

One of the more recent introductions to the Australian market, Chinese brand MG is known for its smaller models, although most of the focus is on its small SUV range. The MG 3 is available as either the Core or Excite model, and is proving popular, selling over 1,400 models in October.

The MG 3 Core model comes equipped with 15inch alloys, rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights, an 8inch infotainment screen, leather trimmed steering wheel and a 1.5L engine, while the Excite bumps up the wheels to 16inches, as well as adds a rear spoiler, 6-speaker sound system and sat nav.

#4 MG 4 – 751 sales

Selling over 700 units in October, the MG 4 is the newest electric vehicle offered by the Chinese brand. The MG 4 range features a number of impressive cars including the Excite 51, the Excite 64, the Essence 64, and the Long Range 77.

The MG 4 comes equipped with 10 active driver safety features, a charging hub that aims to significantly reduce home recharging times, and a starting range of up to 350km. Excite models come equipped with 17inch alloy wheels, while the Long Range and Essence models feature 18inch versions. The MG 4 also hosts even weight distribution and a low centre of gravity for precise handling and responsive control.

#5 Kia Picanto – 738 sales

The smallest offering from Kia, the Picanto sold over 700 units in October, with the micro car available as an S, GT-Line or GT model, with manual and auto models available to choose from. The base level S features a four-cylinder engine capable of a 62kW output, 35L fuel tank, 14inch wheels, hill-start assist, reverse parking sensors, dusk-sensing auto headlights, 4.2inch instrument cluster and USB charging port.

The Picanto GT manual model features a three-cylinder engine with 74kW output, sports-tuned steering and suspension, 16inch alloy wheels, daytime running lights and stylised body kit.

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Should I buy a small car?

Small cars have grown as a market over recent years, proving to be a popular option for those who potentially don’t need a lot of space, don’t have to take care of a lot of passengers or are simply looking for a more affordable option, with no shortage of brands getting behind smaller models. Which car you decide to get behind the wheel of will be dependent on your individual circumstances however, as while small, each brand and model will vary in what it offers, with some small cars even costing over $50,000. As a result, looking into all of your options, as well as potentially what extras you’d like to add, will ensure that you’re left with that new car feeling for a while longer. If you’re not sure about small cars, why not check out our ratings on small cars to see what other motorists think.

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Source: CarExpert

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