Gone are the days of the humble sedan dominating sales figures here in Australia, with buyers moving toward SUVs and dual-cab utes, instead.
Thankfully, though, a number of major manufacturers are sticking by the sedan bodyshape, offering small, medium and large sedan packages for Australian buyers that prefer the low-slung looks and driving comfort of a sedan.
Let’s take a closer look at 10 of the cheapest sedans currently on sale here in Australia to help you out with your next buying decision; please keep in mind that prices listed are before on-road costs.
On the pint-sized end of the equation, the Mazda2 Pure is officially Australia’s cheapest sedan in 2023.
The Mazda2 range is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing 81kW/142Nm that returns fuel-efficient consumption figures of 5.0L/100km, with the option of a manual and automatic transmission.
Inside, the Pure picks up 15-inch alloys, LED headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, air conditioning and a 7.0-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, atop a generous list of active safety features.
For the money, Hyundai’s latest i30 Sedan is one of the most impressive outright value packages you’ll find anywhere on the market.
The entry-level i30 Sedan offers buyers a heap of space inside the wonderfully-designed interior, with more than enough space in the second row to make it a well-equipped family mover.
Power comes supplied by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, while there’s also a range-topping engine for the N Line that increases outputs to a very exciting 150kW/265Nm, making it a wonderful car to drive on the open road.
Kia is sticking by its affordable hatchback and sedan ranges with the latest-generation Cerato, which is slapped with a sticker price of $25,990.
The Cerato S comes powered by a modest 2.0-litre four-cylinder that throws 112kW/192Nm to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission, with fuel economy figures standing at 7.4L/100km on a combined cycle.
Standard equipment for the entry-level Cerato S includes cruise control, air conditioning, a rear-view camera with parking sensors, autonomous emergency braking and an 8.0-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
With a major overhaul on the way for the Impreza range, the current generation remains a well-priced addition to Australia’s sedan market.
In base form, the Impreza 2.0i-L comes powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing 115kW/196Nm which is paired with a CVT automatic and all-wheel drive system that offers fuel consumption figures of 6.6L/100km.
In terms of practicality, opting for the Impreza in sedan form increases boot space from 345L in the hatchback to 460L in total, with the base model picking up 17-inch alloys, climate control, keyless entry & start and a 6.5-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto as standard.
Toyota’s smallest hatchback in the range still offers a heap of space and practicality thanks to the Corolla’s clever platform, with the added bonus of hybrid engines across every member of the family.
The entry-level Corolla Sport sedan comes powered by your choice of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder or 1.8-litre four-cylinder hybrid, offering consumption figures of 6.0L and 3.9L/100km, respectively.
Aside from the fantastic fuel economy of the hybrid Corolla Sport, buyers benefit from 16-inch alloys, bi-LED headlights, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8.0-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
The Mazda 3 is one of the biggest names in the world of affordable hatchbacks and sedans, and the latest Mazda3 sedan is proof that it deserves a spot atop the list.
In base form, the Mazda3 G20 Pure Sedan comes powered by a fuel-efficient 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine delivering 114kW/200Nm and returning fuel economy figures of 5.8L/100km.
Inside, the Mazda3’s cabin looks far more special than its accessible price tag might suggest, while the list of features and clever safety technologies is far longer than you might expect at this price point.
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The Toyota Camry has enjoyed one of the longest sales careers on the Australian sedan market, and it’s not hard to see why.
Inside, the Camry’s cabin is spacious and comfortable, while the addition of a hybrid engine option across every member of the Camry range means that buyers benefit from extremely fuel-efficient figures of 4.2L/100km on a combined cycle.
The generous features list includes safety touches like autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a rear-view camera, while 17-inch alloys, LED headlights and a 7.0-inch infotainment display will keep buyers from feeling short-changed.
The Mazda6 has been around in Australia for decades now, and over that time, Mazda has perfected its recipe and created one of the most impressive outright sedan packages.
From every angle you look at it, the Mazda6 is hard to beat, from the styling outside, the wonderful interior design, the generous features list and Mazda’s impressive driving dynamics that make this family-friendly package feel sporty on the road.
In base form, the Mazda6 Sport picks up 17-inch alloys, LED headlights, cloth upholstery with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry, a head-up display and an 8.0-inch infotainment display atop a long list of active safety features.
If you’re looking for an affordable sedan package that benefits from a sleek and premium European design, the Skoda Octavia range has you more than covered.
Skoda has cut back the Octavia range here in Australia to two variants on offer, including the entry-level 110 Style and the range-topping and rapid Octavia RS, both of which offer a very impressive 600L of cargo space in the boot.
The base model picks up a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 110kW/250Nm, which powers the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and returns combined cycle economy figures of 5.7L/100km.
Our final member of the list goes to a hall of fame member in the Australian sedan landscape, the Honda Civic.
Now in its 11th generation, the Honda Civic lineup offers a fun package to drive while remaining comfortable on a daily drive, with the 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing a respectable 131kW/240Nm while returning 6.3L/100km fuel economy figures.
Standard equipment for the Civic VTi LX includes 18-inch alloys, LED head & tail lights, adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, a 7.0-inch instrument cluster and a 9.0-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, and a wireless smartphone charger.