12 Cars For Under 17,000 AUD That Look Like A Million Bucks


There are quite a few new cars around for under $17,000, and while they don’t cost a million dollars they can look and make you feel as if they do.

The key is to seek out a small car with a manual transmission, but there are automatics to be found as well.

A used prestige or classic car can also be a great deal for even less. Good places to look include Redbook, Carsales and Carsguide.

Here are some of the best 2014 and 2013 new car buys for under $17,000.

1. Fiat Panda Pop 150

The recommended sale price for the five door manual hatchback in the Fiat Panda Pop 150 range is only $16,500 (drive away), and you won’t just save money on the purchase price as the average consumption is 5.2 litres/100 km with up to 6.7 in ideal driving conditions.

Standard features include a four speaker stereo system with CD player, airbags, anti-lock braking system and brake assist, Bluetooth, air-conditioning, voice recognition and central locking. The 1.4 litre four stroke engine uses Premium ULP fuel.

This car is Italian made, and has that stylish million-dollar Italian look that turns heads. This is a fast car, ready to handle just about anything you can give it.

The Panda has been made since 1980, and the latest version has a unique design. Somewhat boxy looking, the 2014 Fiat Panda Pop is recognizable and sharp looking.

The car was rated four stars in European crash tests. The Fiat Panda Pop comes with plenty of safety features, driver and passenger airbags, front row side airbags and head airbags for the front row. The Fiat Panda also comes standard with remote keyless entry, electronic stability control, and power front windows.

If you are looking for an affordable car option that will save you money on gas, the Fiat Panda is a good choice.


  1. John

    April 15, 2014 at 4:49 am

    This article is woeful, should just be called “the first 12 cars we could find under 17,000”

    I would rather burn 17,000 and walk than drive one of these.

    • asd

      May 16, 2014 at 12:58 am


  2. Josh

    April 18, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Seriously? Not a single one looks like a million bucks

  3. Forrest Gimp

    April 21, 2014 at 11:21 am

    looks like a million bucks? get your eyes checked.

  4. Jason

    April 22, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Terrible, these cars would make people think you carry a purse and definitely do not look like a million bucks. My 2.0 litre V6 2001 BMW 320i for $7500 is a mans car. Rips these cars to shreds

    • Dave

      April 28, 2014 at 2:47 am

      Jason, If you were a real man you would know your BMW is not a V6 but a straight 6.

      • Jason

        May 6, 2014 at 9:32 am

        You are correct, my mistake, it is an I6 not V6. However with that being said the main point of my comment still stands, that overall this article sucks

        • Pantsmanicus

          May 17, 2014 at 3:14 am

          still at least 2 cylinders short of a real engine! my missus drives a 5.4 V8 lol

  5. George Zheng

    April 23, 2014 at 4:46 am

    a million bucks???…..You’ve gotta be kidding…Toyota, Suzuki, Holden..as expensive as a house???…Must be from the viewpoint of a guy from the stone age

  6. John Doe

    April 24, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Toyota Yaris?

    A million bucks?


    • Chris Beech

      May 6, 2014 at 1:52 am

      The Yaris was probably the best looking car on the list though and probably the best to drive too for that matter. I have driven most of them and most were very ordinary.

  7. Kordau Krowley

    April 26, 2014 at 3:04 am

    I think the last part of the title was meant to be “look like a million yen”.

    • Passhalis Kalfoglou

      May 5, 2014 at 10:48 am

      At depression times in Japan…!!!!

  8. Reni

    April 27, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Wouldn’t even touch any of these cars…. I would just stick with a Nissan 300zx or a Nissan GT-R. These cars are more of an eye catcher than on the list…

  9. Nathan

    April 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Clearly picked the title to try and get as much attention as possible, rather than actually coming up with something true and accurate to what the article was about.

  10. Jon

    April 30, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    All the comments say what I am thinking. I was expecting a bunch of under-priced sports models.

  11. Shannon

    May 2, 2014 at 4:04 am

    OMG. That is a shocking title. It should have read – Cars under $17K, but you’ll swear they’re $7K over priced. My impression of these cars is budget build, budget comfort, budget experience.

  12. Passhalis Kalfoglou

    May 5, 2014 at 10:51 am

    And which one of them did the article’s author said is proud to be the owner and happy driver of?
    You definitely suck a million times more that them.

  13. zoro

    May 7, 2014 at 1:56 am

    absolutely ridiculous, heads should roll for this bs !

  14. God

    May 9, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Someone needs a brain check hahahahahahaha

  15. Jimmy

    May 18, 2014 at 5:10 am

    More like 12 cars youd expect to see some teeny bopper female P plater sat in cranking up the katy perry

  16. Jackson

    May 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    You have a very weird idea of what cars look expensive… This is a list of truly horrible el cheapo junk metal… I wouldn’t spend $ 7k, let alone $ 17k.. These are some of the ugliest cars on the road.

  17. Jack

    May 19, 2014 at 6:32 am

    These are disgusting looking vehicles!

  18. bilbo

    May 20, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Yeah I can see the girls now swooning as I pull up in front of the expensive invite only nightclub in my suzuki swift. LMAO Porsche, Ferrari, No the hot babes are after that guy with the Swift. These are the cars you buy your daughter to run back and forth to uni in not to look a million bucks. Who writes this drivel!!!

  19. Destructonator101

    May 22, 2014 at 8:07 am

    My push bike is better than these cars combined. And cost only 700 bucks.

  20. Ace

    May 26, 2014 at 3:55 am

    This is the most retarded thing I have ever seen.

  21. Ralph

    May 28, 2014 at 12:57 am

    I thought this was a mens magazine. I woulnd’t be caught dead driving any of these hairdresser cars

  22. Jonny

    May 29, 2014 at 3:21 am

    this is a poor attempt at irony isnt it?

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