The Japanese-import Toyota RAV4 is a city-friendly SUV with a flexible interior and powerful engine. It lacks the roominess of its local equivalent.
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The Toyota Hilux is a tough-as-nails ute, built for hard work. It can be expensive compared to others but holds its value very well.
The Mini Cooper attracts attention with its cute retro styling. Drive it, and you will find it is one of the most fun cars you can buy. The rear seat and boot are so small it is only practical as a two seater.
The BMW 320i offers the best handling in the medium-size car market and is entertaining to drive. The engine can be challenging and expensive to fix.
The Ford Focus is a practical hatchback, with one of the best ride and handling packages available in a family car.
The Toyota Vitz is a small and manoeuvrable hatch, perfect for the city. It is underpowered for the open road and is noisy when taking off.
The Land Rover Discovery is great off the road and is one of the best SUVs around for towing. It can also seat seven adults in comfort. Prepare for high fuel and maintenance costs.
The Toyota Prius is a great car for city drivers. For its size, it offers excellent space and comfort. It is very efficient in some conditions but it takes work to get the best out of it.
The Ford Ranger is big and sturdy. It has an enormous amount of interior and load space. The Ranger has a strong tow rating and can pull heavy loads, though you need to be cautious.
The Audi A3 is a European alternative to other small hatchback options. It is sporty but practical. The dual clutch transmission must be checked before purchase.