Best first car for young people to buy next year is revealed – and it’s good news if you own a hatchback
- Skoda Fabia hatchback been given the Carsales Best First Car Award of 2020
- Czech-built hatch beat the Volkswagen Polo which shares the same platform
- Judges also preferred it to Hyundai i30, Kia Cerato and Kia Rio as a first car
- Fabia notched up just 88 sales in November as is far less popular than its rivals
A very slow-selling small hatchback made in the Czech Republic has been named as the best first car for young and inexperienced drivers.
Carsales has crowned the Skoda Fabia with the Best First Car Award of 2020.
The online motoring site’s editor-in-chief Mike Sinclair said the Fabia, built in eastern Europe, was the most exciting new car for less than $25,000.
The entry-level 70 TSI is priced from $17,490 drive away and comes with a pint-sized three-cyclinder, one-litre turbo engine.
‘From styling and X-factor to safety and technology, the Skoda Fabia is once again the most suitable first car available on the market,’ Mr Sinclair said.
A very slow-selling small hatchback made in the Czech Republic has been named as the best first car for young drivers. Carsales has crowned the Skoda Fabia with the Best First Car Award of 2020 even though just 88 were sold in November
‘Buying a first car should be a memorable, exciting and informative experience for Aussies.’
Best First Car Award 2020 finalists
Skoda Fabia 70 TSI: $17,490
Hyundai i30: $20,440
Kia Cerato S: $21,690
Kia Rio GT-Line: $24,490
Volkswagen Polo 85 TSI Comfortline: $23,390
Source: Carsales; Carsguide prices on manual models
To qualify for the Best First Car Award for 2020, models had to be available for less than $25,000 and be equipped with autonomous emergency braking and a reversing camera.
In November, just 88 Fabias were sold, giving it a measly 2.7 per cent market share of the light car segment, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries data showed.
Despite being a five-year-old shape, the Fabia beat four other finalists designed in South Korea and Germany in the Carsales contest, including the Hyundai i30, Kia Cerato S, Kia Rio GT Line and Volkswagen Polo 85 TSI Comfortline.
The Hyundai i30 last month notched up 2,047 sales to have a market-leading 20.6 per cent share of the small car category.
The Kia Cerato, also from Korea, had 1,625 sales or a 16.3 per cent market share.
The smaller Kia Rio found 254 buyers to have a 7.7 per cent share of the light car segment.
The Volkswagen Polo had 337 sales for a 10.3 per cent market share.
The Fabia and the Polo share the same platform by virtue of Volkswagen owning Skoda since 1991, two years before the old Communist, Eastern Bloc nation of Czechoslovakia split in two.
The Fabia competes in the sub-$20,000 light car market with the Suzuki Swift, Honda Jazz and the Toyota Yaris.
The Hyundai i30 last month notched up 2,047 sales to have a market-leading 20.6 per cent share of the small car segment
The German-designed Volkswagen Polo had 337 sales for 10.3 per cent market share