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Flare’s top five favourite budget cars

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With the ever-increasing cost of living, it’s no wonder people are looking for ways to cut costs. So we decided to put together our favourite budget cars available for a novated lease. These cars are perfect for those who want a cost-effective vehicle without compromising on style, performance, and sustainability. From all-electric cars to compact SUVs, each vehicle on this list boasts unique features that make it an excellent choice for those looking for value and quality.

The BYD Atto, a great budget car

BYD Atto

The BYD ATTO 3 is a pure electric passenger car, resulting in zero emissions. Its load-bearing body, front-to-rear longitudinal beam, and integrated power battery pack ensure the safety of the battery and the vehicle as a whole. The car’s all-electric construction allows for minimal internal and external noise, providing an unparalleled driving and riding experience that is unmatched by any internal combustion vehicle.

  • BYD Blade Battery
  • 7.3s 0-100km/h acceleration
  • 410km Driving range NEDC
  • Front-wheel drive Drivetrain
  • 5 seating capacity with 60/40 fold rear seats
"The BYD ATTO 3 is an innovative and eco-friendly option for those looking for a compact, efficient, electric, budget car."
Justin Miller
Flare EV expert


The MG HS +EV provides the best of both worlds, offering the advantages of electric driving along with the reassurance of petrol backup. Featuring an electric motor for pure EV driving and a turbocharged petrol engine for longer journeys, the HS +EV provides zero-emission driving when desired and peace of mind for longer distances.

  • 10.1″ touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 12.3″ virtual cockpit
  • 1.7L/100km (combined) fuel consumption
  • 189kW/370Nm
  • Battery Capacity: 16.6kWh
"Drive with confidence in the MG HS+EV, which combines the best of electric driving with the reassurance of petrol backup, giving you the freedom to go farther and the peace of mind to do it."
Justin Miller
Flare EV expert

Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona is a vibrant and confident compact SUV that encourages self-expression. It boasts a bold, sleek new look and is equipped with the latest smart technology, taking the most vibrant Hyundai drive to a whole new level. The Kona’s clever interior layout, versatility, and comfort make it an ideal fit for those with busy lifestyles, providing ample room for both passengers and cargo. Whether you’re looking for a sporty and unique ride or simply a reliable and practical vehicle, the Kona is designed to be different and stand out on the road.

  • Leather appointed seats, steering wheel and gear knob
  • 10.25” multimedia touchscreen display
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
"The Hyundai Kona is a standout compact SUV, blending bold design, innovative technology, and versatile comfort to create a truly unique driving experience."
Wei Tang, Flare cars team lead
Wei Tang
Flare team lead

Kia Cerato

The Cerato has built a strong reputation for its sharp, flowing design and athletic performance, and it continues to add more innovations to its impressive resume. Its ultra-modern and spacious cabin is designed with a driver-focused approach, featuring the latest generation of infotainment that firmly immerses you in the digital world. The Cerato comes in two distinct body styles, including an athletic hatchback and a sleek sedan, providing customers with a range of options to suit their preferences.

  • LED Illumination
  • 10.25” HD touchscreen display
  • Electronic parking break
  • Climate control
  • Push button start
"Whether you prefer the sporty hatchback or the sleek sedan, the Cerato is a standout choice for those seeking style, performance, and value."
Wei Tang, Flare cars team lead
Wei Tang
Flare team lead

Volkswagen T-Cross

The Volkswagen T-Cross is an SUV that combines urban appeal and functional design to create a stylish and versatile vehicle. With a sculpted body and eye-catching range of colours, the T-Cross is undeniably unforgettable. What sets the T-Cross apart is its commanding performance and how it drives. It boasts an efficient 5.4L for every 100kms2, making it an excellent choice for effortless city driving. Overall, the T-Cross is a perfect amalgamation of both substance and style, providing a commanding and unforgettable driving experience.

  • 455L Luggage capacity
  • 5.4L/100km Fuel efficiency
  • Composition Media 8″ infotainment system
  • Lane Assist, lane departure warning system
  • Parking distance sensors, front and rear with Manoeuvre Braking
"The Volkswagen T-Cross offers a unique blend of style and substance, with its eye-catching design and efficient performance making it a standout in the SUV market."
Wei Tang, Flare cars team lead
Wei Tang
Flare team lead

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We’re passionate about helping our customers get the most out of their budget while enjoying a driving experience that exceeds their expectations. Our top five favourite budget cars offer a range of options to suit different needs and preferences, from eco-friendly electric vehicles to versatile and stylish SUVs. So whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint or simply enjoy a fun and practical ride, Flare is here to help you find the perfect car for your lifestyle. 

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With the ever-increasing cost of living, it’s no wonder people are looking for ways to cut costs. So we decided to put together our favourite budget cars available for a novated lease.