Monday 19 March 2018

#MyCar2015 - Bargain buys ... A steal for around €12,000

Top class: The VW up!
Top class: The VW up!
Fiat Panda
Dacia Sandero

When they say good things come in small packages, they really meant it.

Over recent years, car manufacturers have taken on board that some people just want a car that can zip around city streets, but still be able to cope with the big boys on the motorway on the rare occasions.

Volkswagen changed the shape of the market when it introduced the up! which lead to Skoda and Seat enjoying success with their Citigo and Mii respectively.

Other manufacturers have joined the party and, in many cases, updated their little run-arounds for something more substantial and appealing to those looking to downsize, or add another set of wheels to the family.

The choice is huge, and with prices from as low as €10,000 you really can get great value for money. Here we take a look at some of our favourites.

Fiat Panda: This is a car that always makes our list, as it is such a fun car to look at and drive. Fiat went to town on the styling, giving the latest Panda a new theme of rounded squares that they like to call 'squircles' - stupid we know, but the interior is funky and the Panda is one of the more spacious city cars.

It's honest in the way it drives, without many thrills. But you can't help but smile every time you get behind the wheel.

You can choose to go down the economical diesel route with a punchy 1.3 engine, but we'd stick with the 1.2 petrol engine, as it offers decent running costs and lively performance. Price: From €12,145.

Hyundai i10: The i10 feels like a much more grown up car compared to rivals, and there is a real quality to the build and feel of it.

A cracking little 1.0-litre moves the i10 along nicely, and fuel economy is really quite good. This is the car to downsize to if you are used to something bigger as it just feels that little bit more grown-up than the rest of the city cars. Price: From €11,995.

Dacia Sandero: The Renault-built Romanian brand is "shockingly affordable". The Golf-sized five-door hatchback (below) shares the same parts bin as the previous generation Clio and is more than capable to taking all that family life can throw at it.

The entry level 1.2 litre petrol generates a decent 75bhp while the diesel is returning a whopping 75mpg.Better still is the price tag of just €9,990.

Irish Independent

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