Top 5 Geneva Debuts That Real People Can Actually Afford

Jodi Lai
by Jodi Lai

The Geneva Motor Show is typically where supercar makers come to show off their latest and greatest, and while they’re great to look at and drool over, they’re not exactly relevant to regular people outside of the One Percent.

Here are the Top 5 debuts from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show that regular people can actually afford:

5. Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

We love what the Abarth treatment does to the Fiat 500, so hopefully Abarth has infused the new roadster with that same hooligan attitude. With performance upgrades all around, this version is faster and more powerful than the regular 124, and Abarth promises the roadster will have a “beautiful growling sound.” Although it will cost more than the Mazda MX-5 Miata and 124 on which it’s based, pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but you can expect it to ring in around $43,000.

MORE INFO: Abarth 124 Spider Bows with Aggressive Styling and 170 HP

4. Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai unveiled a trio of Toyota Prius-fighting green cars at this year’s Geneva show. The Ioniq will come as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a full electric car. Official fuel economy hasn’t been revealed yet, but Hyundai did promise that it will get better than 50 mpg on the highway. And because the Ioniq has the Prius in its scope, you can expect the pricing to be on par with or ever better than the Prius, which is about $25,000 in the U.S.

3. Toyota C-HR

It seems like we’ve seen this C-HR a million times, but this is different from the one we first saw in 2014 because it’s the production version and not the concept. We were happy to see that the production Toyota C-HR keeps a lot of the concept’s dramatic design, because the automaker has a bad history of unveiling cool concepts and then unveiling a production version that’s been toned down beyond recognition. This compact crossover will come as a gas and hybrid model. You can expect the CH-R to be priced around the $25,000 mark.

MORE INFO: Toyota C-HR Crossover Revealed with Prius Power

2. Ford Fiesta S200

The Ford Fiesta ST is so much fun to drive, and this S200 version promises to be even better. This hot hatch gets a modest increase in performance over the ST to 197 horsepower from the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while torque has gone up 20 percent to 214 pound-feet.

MORE INFO: Ford Fiesta ST200 Announced with 197 HP, 217 LB-FT of Torque

1. Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype

Technically Honda calls this a “prototype” but we’ve heard that the Civic Hatchback will look quite similar to the model debuted here at the show. This is great news because it looks so damn good. When it does debut, it will be offered at first exclusively with the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, which really goes with the hatch’s sporty look. We know Honda will sell the s–t of out this Civic Hatch.

MORE INFO: Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype Unveiled and It Looks Damn Good

Jodi Lai
Jodi Lai

Jodi has been obsessed with cars since she was little and has been an automotive journalist for the past 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and a jury member for the prestigious North American Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY). Besides hosting videos, and writing news, reviews and features, Jodi is the Editor-in-Chief of and takes care of the site's day-to-day operations.

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