My friend is very much not a car enthusiast, being a fan of an automatic gearbox like some sort of heathen. That aside, they want a fun hatchback under $15,000 AUD.

Thus far they’ve been looking at R56 Minis to little success as we’re in a state without a whole lot of used inventory. Similar problem with the also-fun Fiat 500. Suzuki Swifts and Mazda 3s only promise to bore to death.

Are there any fun cars in this segment I’m missing? Gotta be relatively modern to get secured finance, generally less than 12 years old.