At this precise moment in time I am driving a W reg corsa 1.4 16v sport. I've had it for just over 2 years. Recently my brothers nova(which used to be mine) failed its MOT really badly, so its going. He doesn't mind having my corsa, which means that I can get rid of it without losing loads of money by going through a dealer. Also just turning 21 has dropped my insurance by a fair bit.
So I have been looking for a new car. At first I was pretty taken by the MG ZR's. But I drove one on Monday and I wasn't that impressed. They seemed a bit basic, even compared to my corsa (no aircon,etc). Also the 120bhp I drove didn't seem a lot faster than my corsa. The 160 version only really produces more power up in the rev range, which isn't what I really want.
In the back of my mind I also had a brief intrest in astras. I went to see a few and I have looked at them on the internet and I am quite taken by them now. So I am pretty set on one at the moment. I was gonna test drive a 2l turbo coupe on Monday, but it wasn't delivered on time. So hopefully I can test drive one on my next day off.
Ok so now you've heard my story, time for some questions.
1. Coupe or Hatch? There seemed to be a lot more big engined coupes about than hatches. Also the basic coupe seemed to look more sporty than a basic SRI/SXI hatch, am I right? Also the coupes seemed to be a bit cheaper.
2. What engine do I go for 1.8,2.2 or turbo. I can afford the turbo engine on insurance, strangely its only about £300 more than my corsa. Take into consideration, drive ability(ie spin down time on turbo, before you turn off engine)
3. Ideally i'm looking to spend about 10k what should I sort of be looking for with a bit of haggling and paying full amount up front?
Thanks for any help