speaking of cars, help me choose
The Volvo is the funkiest, Fiesta is better than the Corsa, dunno about the Toyota.
But as GJP says, if you can stretch to a Focus, get that – nice to drive, more room in the boot etc., not expensive (C30 ish?) and absolutely reliable (I had the old model for 7 years and it never cost me a penny in garage bills).Posted 9 years ago-m-Member
The Auris is just horrible. We had one on a special ’48-hr test drive’ promotion from Toyota. It was so bad I took it back after 6hrs.
Presumably it’s the new Fiesta you’re looking at. We’ve got one of the old model ones and it’s great; it’s our second car but does lots of things better than the company car(s) that we have/have had (which are typically 2x the list price).
The C30 looks interesting, but the hatch opening is very tight. Haven’t driven one though (or the Corsa)Posted 9 years ago
yeah motabilities awesome, we would be screwed, car wise, without it!
the choice appears to be between the above, as the best of what is available at a decentish spec (air con, alloys, 1.4-1.6), for between about £12k and £15K cash cost.
with motability they take a % of the missus’s DLA and the amount you put down up front, determines the class of car you can get. I have between £250 (fiesta 1.4 titanium) to £699 (volvo c30)….
would get the 3 door astra sxi (£650) if it wasnt so plasticy and lo spec, and the bog standard golf if it wasnt so ridiculously expensive (£900 for no spec ouch!)
got a 307 sport last time….. not a great car but comfy
dissapointed to hear the toyota’s a bit poo, looks good on paper for £450…
Fiat Grande Punto anyone?
the focus new model looks much better and cheap too!!!!! i hadnt even looked at it cos last years was a bit minginPosted 9 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
Corsa hire car = most uncomfortable seats I have had the (dis)pleasure of spending 4 hours sat in.Posted 9 years ago
Fiesta hire car = great car, well built, nippy, comfy. Really impressed.
C30 loan car that business colleague had for 6 weeks = really comfy, well built, stylish out but a bit bland inside. Not as good as the Fiesta.stuartlangwilsonSubscriber
As others have said, Auris is rubbish.
Poor seats. Center console hits your left knee all the time, understeers, stupid lights come on telling you to change up, ugly ++
Windscreen pillar is pretty annoyingly large on a Corsa, massively underpowered too.
Old fiestas are great fun in corners. Takes 2 blokes, bikes and kit just!Posted 9 years ago
the focus is really really good – we love ours so far, and there is a lot of space in the thing. highly recommended, though the motability up front payment for ours was £1,500. we had to get an automatic, though, and so the titanium top spec one was the only we could go for which is why it was a lot. fantastic, though!Posted 9 years agoaPMember
Remember that the Volvo and Focus are pretty much the same car, except one of them will have become a division of Kia or Hyundai by the end of the year. Our focus has loads of bits that say volvo on under the bonnet.Posted 9 years ago
The new Fiesta is supposed to be pretty damn good though.-m-Member
Just to add to my slightly unhelpful (if frank and honest…) review of the Auris…
stuartlangwilson is spot on – my (boney) left knee constantly banged on the hard plastic centre console; front seats lacked any sort of support for my lower back and had me constantly fidgeting around. Yes, it was pretty poo to drive as well, but I took it back because it was just so damned uncomfortable. The Toyota dealership got the message as they didn’t even telephone me to follow up 😉
Focus, in contrast, is absolutely spot on. Had a few as rental cars. You can jump straight in and drive – no foibles or peculiarities. Ride and handling are all great and comfort and adjustability of the driving position is ace. Yes, some of the plastics are slightly naff, but most of the ones you see/use all the time are fine – and they’re all better than the ones in the Auris 😉Posted 9 years ago
theflatboy – i do like the look of your new focus, much better than the one i was looking at a year or so ago. nice colour too!
alphas start at £4K deposit, so not for me!
i’d love to know what the motability prices are going to be like in the next couple of months, whilst dealers seem to be desperate to shift normal sale motors, the motability prices seem to be about to go up 🙁Posted 9 years ago
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