My wife had a Verso-S for a bit, and that might be worth a look with the CVT 'box. The car itself was a bit slow and very boring, but it's sure to be reliable and dependable. The CVT 'box in it was much quicker to respond than a Primera I once had with a CVT 'box, and you could eek out about 50mpg if you were careful on longer journeys. The downside is that the gearbox makes the engine quite noisy under anything above partial throttle, but overall it's pretty good. The car itself was well-packaged - easy to park but capable of seating five and their luggage with ease.
Thanks, Artill. I'd heard that too and know that Honda have now re-introduced the CVT. I wonder, though, what drivers who went straight to the i-Shift without having experienced a CVT or slushbox thought? Both the i-Shift and CVT seem very economical for autos, otherwise I'd be looking at a Venga or Note with conventional torqu converter boxes. Doing 25000 miles per annum, an extra 10 mpg makes a real difference.
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I havent driven a car with this box, however a very good friend worked at a Honda dealer for a long time. He told me it wasnt a patch on the previous CVT, and many customers who wanted an automatic Jazz were put off by it.