Monday, July 17, 2017

We take a look at some small cars (mini-reviews)

2014 Nissan Pulsar (C12) ST hatchback (2015-06-18) 01.jpg

Nissan Versa

Likes: It’s cheap to buy and costs peanuts to run. It has a roomy rear seat and boot.

Dislikes: If you enjoy driving you’ll look elsewhere.

Overall: It maybe the cheapest new car you can buy, but it certainly feels like a penalty box.

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Likes: It’s cheap to buy and cheap to run.

Dislikes: It’s only for those who want a cheap new car with a long warranty.

Overall: Cheap and cheerful really don’t apply here.

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Ford Fiesta

Likes: Despite it being small, this car is loads of fun to drive and doesn’t feel like a penalty box. It has low running costs and ST version with hot hatch capabilities.

Dislikes: Wait for the new version to arrive.

Overall: We suggest waiting for the next generation of the Fiesta to arrive. However, everyone else who can’t wait; we strongly suggest looking at either the 1.6 or 1-liter turbo three-cylinder. You won’t regret either.

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 Kia Rio-5

Likes: It’s very versatile for its size with low running costs and high standard features list.

Dislikes: It’s not all that engaging to drive and real world fuel economy is disappointing.

Overall: You can wait for the new one to arrive or you could get really good discounts on one now. We’d suggest going straight for the top of the range SX which has all the bells and whistles.

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Toyota Yaris

Likes: It’s probably one of the most reliable small cars on sale, with low running costs and several different trims to choose from.

Dislikes: It still comes with an ancient four-speed automatic. The 1.5 while as efficient as it might be still feels sluggish when the traffic gets faster.

Overall: You’d buy a Yaris because you don’t know about the Ford Fiesta or even the Honda Fit. Both are light years better than the Yaris.

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