New cars don’t have to cost a fortune, whether they’re American or European. We’ve compiled this list of affordable options from both continents.
In today’s auto market, we are pretty much spoilt for choice. Anywhere in the world, you can now choose among gas-powered, hybrid, electric cars. Aside from this, there are several models available from Asian, American, European carmakers too. When it comes to European cars, the most popular brands in North America include Volkswagen, Land Rover, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Porsche, and Audi.
While a lot of European cars in North America are labeled luxury vehicles, some models are still relatively cheap. However, these cheap cars may not be as good as their American counterparts. Just check out the comparisons we’ve made:
Affordable And European: 2020 Mini Hardtop, $22,400
The Mini Cooper is arguably one of the most iconic cars in automobile in history. We’re talking about a car that starred in the 1969 heist film The Italian Job. Meanwhile, modern Minis were also showcased in the remake of the film starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron.
Today, the 2020 Mini Hardtop remains quite affordable. Under its hood is a 1.5-liter engine that just cranks out 134 horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 162 pound-feet of torque at 1,250 rpm. It might be fun to drive but the output is relatively low when you consider its American counterpart.
We’d Rather Buy: 2020 Chevy Sonic Hatchback, $20,295
Now the 2020 Sonic is available in both sedan and hatchback styles. We’d also like to point out that the Sonic hatchback is a lot cheaper and slightly more powerful than the Mini Cooper.
Under the 2020 Sonic’s hood is a 1.4-liter ECOTEC four-cylinder engine that delivers up to 138 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 148 pound-feet of torque at 1,850 rpm. In case you’re wondering about fuel efficiency, the estimated rating is 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 29 mpg.
Affordable And European: 2020 Volkswagen Jetta, $18,895
We completely understand that there are a lot of Jetta fans out there. After all, we’re talking about a European car that’s pretty affordable. Under the hood, you get a 1.4-liter turbo engine that delivers up to 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet torque.
Meanwhile, when it comes to fuel efficiency, you’re looking at 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Overall, it’s not bad. But if you can spend just a little more, you can already get something better and American.
We’d Rather Buy: 2020 Chevy Malibu, $22,095
If you think about it, it makes more sense to invest in a Chevy Malibu, instead of the Volkswagen Jetta. Sure, it does come with a slightly higher starting price but for a little more, you can get a car that would perform better on the road.
The 2020 Malibu comes with a 1.5-liter turbo base engine. This one can deliver as much as 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, there is also an available 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine for the Malibu. This one produces up to 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.