A potential buyer with, for example, an amount of $ 5, 000 has a very limited choice - without the use of credit schemes, it’s only enough for Oka (we don’t consider used cars here). For $ 10 thousand, there is already a choice: they are looking for the answer to the fundamental question “ours or a foreign car?” Having $ 15 thousand, few people focus on the products of the domestic automobile industry - the field of available foreign cars is expanding. Most likely, the eye will lie on the C-class - the question is only in the brand. And a notch ($ 20 thousand) - again the C-class, but already with a good engine and richly equipped. It’s not a long time to break your head.
But if you have a total of 25 thousand "green", you will have to sort not only brands and countries, but also classes of cars: a prestigious "compact" or an inexpensive "business", a pickup truck or a passenger minivan. Or maybe a SUV or something a la sport? Let's take a closer look at some of the offers for $ 25, 000 in the sector of new cars from authorized dealers.
CLASSICS OF THE GENRE
In the compact class, of course, it is Golf, although its separation from competitors in the European market is melting from year to year. The new, fifth generation generation once again set the bar for the rest of the values, influenced the trends in the automotive fashion. A whole range of engines with direct injection, multi-link rear suspension (a fresh trend in this class), the ability to customize the electric power steering. And also six-speed gearboxes, including an automatic DSG with two clutches, six airbags in the "base" and so on and so forth.
In general, it is difficult to distinguish one or two highlights from the Golf. The car is extremely harmonious and very pleasant to use. It rides well and does not scare the driver on a broken road; It offers a very spacious interior and a capacious trunk. Disadvantages? I know one for sure. I can’t afford it yet.
LAUNCH A FAN
Aren't sporting ambitions alien to you? Do you know what it means to “pass the rally turn”? The easiest and most pleasant way to indulge in a similar way with a car with a "good" all-wheel drive. What in this case means “good”, everyone, of course, understands in his own way. In the author’s opinion, just for $ 25, 000 they offer one of the most interesting all-wheel drives - the Subaru Impreza.
Even the most affordable “Impreza” for driving pleasure will give odds (of course, with certain skills) to many 4x4 cars. The car easily goes in a controlled drift and dutifully reacts to a change in traction thanks to a good tuning of the chassis. For most competitors, sophisticated electronic systems work together with the driver, alas, making the ride freshish.
However, to ride, as mentioned above, not everyone likes. Someone is looking for something more solid, to calmly move in space, without bothering either himself or the others. For the amount at our disposal, you can purchase, for example, Hyundai Sonata, and in the richest configuration.
Manageability by modern standards is far from ideal, and the interior is not the latest fashion. But for those who are ready for more, under the Hyundai brand they are offering the NF model (the new “Sonata” of the Korean assembly - see the material in this issue). However, we turn to the one that is collected in Taganrog. For 25.2 thousand, dealers offer a car with a 2.7-liter engine, a leather interior, an electrified driver's seat, climate control, alloy wheels, a radio with CD, etc. Agree, it’s quite significant.
The base price for the “Sonata” with a 2-liter engine and manual gearbox is about $ 18 thousand. This amount does not include leather and casting. Limited to air conditioning. By the way, Sonata has a close relative of KIA Magentis. And in the next class, these partner firms work hand in hand …
AS ON THE PARQUET
Among the small SUVs, the new Sportage is the long-awaited novelty of this year. The fact that it will be done on the same platform with Tussan, but it can cost a little cheaper, was reported even before the premiere. Have your expectations come true?
As for the platform - yes. Cars did not try to artificially make different, therefore, changing from one to another, you involuntarily catch yourself thinking that they are brothers. And both have a hard connection to the rear axle. By golly, for our conditions - a good thing. But a reservation is needed here. In Moscow salons you can find not all-wheel drive, but the front-wheel drive “Sportage” - this will be a thousand or more cheaper.
And more about the price. If the minimum for Tussan is 22, 400 euros (about $ 27.5 thousand), then the all-wheel drive Sporting can be bought for $ 25, 600 - almost two thousand cheaper. In expensive trim levels, the difference is reduced to a thousand. A little, but, as they say, also money.
Among the advantages of the brothers on the platform are various options for transforming the cabin, and quite modern handling. For "Sporting" is also a diesel engine in the range of engines. True, according to a strange tradition instituted with Russian dealers, it is offered only together with a leather interior and an automatic transmission ($ 30, 300).
WITH ONLINE LOAD
And for $ 25 thousand you can buy a pickup truck. And not even Chinese, but Japanese and not the most modest in equipment. But what you need to pay attention to when buying is the high floor level of most of these machines and the limited open space in the second row. People of average height will be quite comfortable in the front and tolerably behind. Those who are above 180 cm will want to ride only in the front seats, and with a two-meter or about 120 kg weight, even in front, the convenience will seem very conditional.
The cargo platform can be covered with a plastic roof, but after learning about the price of the branded “hood”, you will probably want to clarify what it is made of. It’s hard to believe in plastic for 2-3 thousand. However, if you buy the "minimum version", the expensive roof of the cargo compartment will fit into the sum mentioned.
There are features that you need to remember when operating a pickup truck. For example, that all-wheel drive is connected, as a rule, rigidly (without a differential), so on the asphalt the car remains rear-wheel drive. On a slippery road, an empty car requires careful driving!
EVERYTHING FOR PEOPLE
… and for their transportation. For example, mini-vans. For 25 thousand, you can choose: larger or more compact, with a gasoline engine or diesel engine, Korean-made or European. You can, say, buy a 7-seater car, but we have already asked about them (ЗР, 2005, No. 7).
Get to know the 5-seater Ford Focus C-max. In the richest configuration with the most powerful engine (2.0 L, 145 hp) and an automatic transmission, it costs $ 24, 340. He has passenger habits on the road, thanks to including a multi-link rear suspension, the same passenger landing and advanced features on the transformation of the cabin. For example, having folded the central part of the rear seat, you can move the extreme chairs away from the doors by arranging spacious apartments in the gallery. Of the shortcomings, we note only a modest ground clearance (see ZR, 2005, No. 1).
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So, what interested you: a minivan, a pickup truck, an SUV? Probably, everyone will be able to find something interesting in our list - everyone would have … Yes, yes, they are!
Approximate equipment for $ 25, 000: 1.6-liter engine, 5-speed manual gearbox, climate control, leather steering wheel and gear lever, power steering, ABS, 6 airbags, driver’s seat height adjustment, steering wheel height and tilt adjustment, washer headlights, power windows front doors, power mirrors, heated front seats, heated mirrors, central locking, immobilizer, boot shelf, full-size spare tire, tire pressure indicator.
Approximate equipment for $ 25, 000, 2005 mod. year: 2.0 liter engine, 5-speed manual gearbox, climate control, power steering, ABS, 4 airbags, alloy wheels, tilt steering wheel, audio wiring, power windows for all doors, power mirrors, heated mirrors, central locking immobilizer.
Approximate equipment for $ 25, 000: 2.7 liter engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, climate control, leather interior, power steering, ABS, 4 airbags, alloy wheels, electric front seats, steering wheel adjustment, fog lights, headlight washer, radio with CD, power windows for all doors, power mirrors, heated front seats and mirrors, central locking, immobilizer, full-size spare wheel.
Kia Sportage NEW
Basic equipment for $ 25, 600: 2.0 liter engine, 5-speed manual gearbox, air conditioning, power steering, ABS, traction control, frontal airbags, alloy wheels, tilt steering wheel adjustment, audio wiring, power windows for all doors, power windows and heated mirrors, central locking, immobilizer, luggage rack.
Approximate equipment for $ 24, 500: a 2.5 liter diesel engine, a 5-speed manual gearbox, air conditioning, power steering, steering wheel height adjustment, power windows for all doors, power mirrors, heated mirrors, central locking, immobilizer, a full-size spare wheel.