As most of you will know we were in the market for a new car (see here)
We had a maximum budget of £7K to spend and wanted a newer car as possible but without it feeling a backwards step to the Astra.
We also wanted something a little smaller but with equal performance and spec
So our short list was
Clio DynamiqueS 1.6
So after a week or so looking around we went and spent all day today test driving different cars
The first to drop of the list was the Fiesta - even the ZetecS the seats weren't very supportive or comfy enough. driving it great but i couldn't see myself driving halfway across the UK doing a days work and driving back again.
The Corsa was soon to follow but only because they are holding their value too well so we would have to get an older higher mileage one to fit within our budget
So that left the Clio. Comfy seats, good handling car, but even the 1.6 didn't seem to be that punchy which suppressed us both. We both drove it and both said that it seemed slower bottom end than the Astra but better high end. The trouble is Clare doesn't feel comfortable hanging the revs out when she is driving. There was quite a bit of of wind noise as well and I wasn't convinced with the active steering assist as well...I’m sure we would get used to it but it felt strange
Whilst out looking we can across a couple of Fiat Bravo T-Jets.
We both liked the exterior looks and the interior looked a lot better than the Clio.
So we took a couple out for a test drive and whilst the cars handling wasn't as good as the Clio the car was lot better spec'ed and a lot more comfortable to drive with a 6th gear for the motorway. Less wind noise and seemed better built. Seats we comfortable and offered side support without being to OTT..also for the same money it was a year newer with less miles
So after much debating and going back the car a few times we decided to sign on the dotted line.
Neither of us had ever considered a Fiat, let alone a car as big as the Bravo (remember we wanted smaller) but we couldn't argue with the amount of car we got for our money. £7K for a 57plate with air con, trip computer electric windows and mirrors, CD player, city parking that can be turned on or off at the drivers wish. Just under 10K miles, 1.4 turbo petrol with 150BHP and 150lb.ft Torque, Will be coming with a full service
As you can see completely different to what we had original thought of but it was within budget, feels a step up in interior comfort to the Astra, nice to drive and definitely isn't slower than the Astra. Insurance is a little higher at Group 10 but insurance wasn't the main factor restricting us but we had to like the car before paying the extra for it.
Above all Clare Loves it….so that’s me one happy man
Some images for you. We were torn between this light blue colour and a dark metallic grey both were the same cost but the dark grey had 3K more miles and a few scratches so we settled for the blue, which doesn't have a mark on it.
We pick it up next weekend.
We are seriously considering some choice alloys to set it off a bit from the money we make from the after market bits off the astra