In this piece, we’ll be looking at the best cars for guys in their 30s, and take a look at the range of options at your fingertips.
We’ll be covering everything from sports cars to workhorses and compact SUVs for growing families, so long as they have a heap of personality and can meet the needs of a buyer in their 30s.
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We’ll kick off our list with one of the most exciting vehicles currently on the market here in Australia, the Toyota GR Yaris.
Built as a homologation special, the little GR Yaris is effectively a road-going rally car that is powered by nothing less than the world’s most powerful three-cylinder engine, throwing 200kW of power and 370Nm of torque to the wheels.
As far as pure thrills go, the GR Yaris is second to none, offering insane performance for the money in a fantastic little boy-racer package that makes you smile on each and every drive.
It’s not very practical, though, so if you’ve got some children on the horizon or need something a bit larger for work, you might be better served by our next entrant.
For those looking for a vehicle to help them work during the week and head into the Great Outdoors on the weekend, the Mitsubishi Triton is a great option for buyers in their 30s, and is remarkably well-priced for the segment.
With prices kicking off from $42,140, the entry-level Triton GLX receives the same engine as the range-topper, offering up 133kW of power and 430Nm of torque. The hardcore underpinnings lend themselves to worksites and off-road adventures alike, with braked towing capacity standing at 3,100kg and a heavy-duty suspension platform that can handle off-road driving and comfortable road trips.
Best of all, the Triton is a great option for buyers in their 30s looking for an attractive ownership program, with Mitsubishi’s 10-year warranty leading the market in terms of value for money.
3. Subaru WRX
The Subaru WRX has long been an icon within the automotive industry, and it’s not hard to see why.
Consistently priced at $40,990, the WRX remains one of the most obtainable performance vehicles for buyers in their 30s, and offers mind-blowing performance for the money.
Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, the latest Subaru WRX throws 197kW of power and 350Nm of torque to all four wheels via a symmetrical all-wheel-drive system that adds a heap of stability to the package.
The Subaru WRX is user-friendly and approachable for those new to the world of performance motoring while offering a highly competent chassis that can handle a heap of punishment, remaining one of the best options for buyers in their 30s.
If you’re looking for an even spread of speed, practicality and driving refinement from your next car, the Skoda Octavia RS is a great option.
The Octavia RS Wagon is a particular highlight of the lineup, blending speed and SUV-rivalling practicality in a single package. It’s powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder throwing 180kW of power and 370Nm of torque to all four wheels, with some hardcore suspension to handle high-speed cornering.
Perhaps best of all, the Octavia’s cabin layout is absolutely massive, offering a heap of space for the driver up front and acres of legroom for those in the rear of the cabin, as well as a massive 640L of boot space.
The Hyundai i30 N takes the cake when it comes to sheer personality.
With a touch of a button, the i30 N opens up a valve in its active exhaust and starts crackling and popping, reminiscent of a high-priced supercar but in the body of a Hyundai i30.
Under the bonnet, there’s a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder kicking out 206kW of power and 392Nm of torque to the front wheels, paired with a limited-slip differential that actually makes front-wheel-drive exceptionally fun.
Best of all, the i30 retains all the practical hallmarks of the standard i30, which means it can still meet the needs of a growing family, so long as they’re not too tall, complemented by a 395L boot.
6. Toyota HiLux
For buyers looking for an adventurous workhorse, the Toyota HiLux range is filled with attractive options for buyers in their 30s.
With the lineup kicking off from just $24,225, there’s a HiLux for all types of buyers in their 30s, with the bare-bones entry-level variants becoming more powerful and luxurious as you step up into the lineup.
As far as a companion for work goes, the HiLux is one of the leading options on the market, and remains one of the most adventure-ready platforms thanks to its hardcore suspension and rugged design.
7. Suzuki Jimny
If you’re a fan of doing things a little bit differently, the Suzuki Jimny is a great little off-roader that is packed to the brim with personality.
The Jimny takes a back-to-basics approach to motoring, but remains extremely impressive when pushed off-road. Best of all, the Jimny range kicks off from $26,990, meaning you don’t have to break the bank to experience the thrills and personality on offer in the pint-sized off-roader.
As standard, the Jimny receives LED headlights, cruise control ,15-inch alloys, a reversing camera and a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
For buyers looking for an extremely fast, yet surprisingly practical package, the Focus ST is a fabulous option.
Powered by Ford’s 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Focus ST pushes out 206kW of power and monstrous 420Nm of torque to the front wheels. To handle that power, the Focus ST receives a sophisticated front end with torque vectoring that mimics an active differential and gives the Focus ST some immense performance when pushing it through twists and turns.
The Focus ST packages all this fun into the body of a standard Focus, which means that it has no trouble when put under the family test, and remains fairly practical with its 378L boot.
9. Nissan Juke
If you’re in need of a modern, stylish car that can serve the needs of a growing family, the updated Nissan Juke is a great option.
While its bold styling might be polarising, the Juke offers a heap of personality combined with tried-and-tested practicality that makes it the perfect compact SUV for buyers in their 30s looking for a mix of family-friendly features in a fun-loving package.
Priced from a very reasonable $27,990, the Juke ST offers up LED headlights, 17-inch alloys, a reversing camera with parking sensors and an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, and also features one of the largest boots in the compact SUV segment at 422L.
10. Subaru Forester
Finally, for buyers that need a large, family-friendly package but still want to head into the Great Outdoors, the Subaru Forester is a great option for buyers in their 30s.
The Forester range is powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder pushing out 136kW of power and 239Nm of torque to all four wheels, while there’s also a hybrid option for those looking to cut down on their emissions.
Inside, the Forester’s cabin is spacious, high-tech and extremely practical thanks to the large platform, making it a great option for growing families that still want to head out for some light off-roading.
Priced at $35,990, the entry-level Forester 2.5i comes packaged with LED headlights, keyless entry, 17-inch alloys an an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, giving buyers in their 30s a number of must-have features for an attractive asking price.
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