SMALL AUTOMATIC CAR RECOMMENDATION

A family friend with increasing mobility problems needs a small automatic to replace her 2 year old Focus (old shape rn-out model). Until i read the Autocar review I was thinking VW Up! ASG. Any suggestions? I am usually clued up on cars but this is one car type I am less upto speed. 

It depends a lot on what

1 year 36 weeks ago

It depends a lot on what matters the most for him. Now all the car owners are after the same thing. If he has mobility problems then I think most automakers have products for that, he may have to make a decision based on other factors instead the automatic features of the car.

I would avoid all the

1 year 40 weeks ago

I would avoid all the automated manuals and try to find a proper auto instead. A torque converter auto would be best, but as they use more fuel not many (if any small cars offer them any more) but failing that go for a CVT

Just read Steve Cropley'r

1 year 40 weeks ago

Just read Steve Cropley'r report on the Up! ASG and it only gets two stars and "avoid".  It was in this weeks magazine but it will probably find it's way on to here in the next couple of days.

If you need small city style car then personally I would look at the Peugeot 107 / Citroen C1 / Toyota Aygo triplets.  The car itself isn't as "mature" as the UP! but depending on your view point that may be a good thing.  Personally, I found the auto version zingy, fun and still chuckable, even if auto would not be my personal choice.

If you can go up a size then I would look at the Honda Jazz.  It is all the car you could ever need and it will last forever.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

TegTypeR wrote: If you can

1 year 40 weeks ago

TegTypeR wrote:

If you can go up a size then I would look at the Honda Jazz.  It is all the car you could ever need and it will last forever.

+1

It is probably the best small automatic car I ever drove. Sweet CVT, part of the merit also goes to the engine. Actually the Jazz is a really good car in the whole. The looks aren't for everyone and many probably don't need the added interior space in small car but I am yet to find an owner complaining about it. It has a kind of own niche in Italian market, despite Hondas are not popular here.

The Jazz would probably suit

1 year 40 weeks ago

The Jazz would probably suit her and is one of the few I had thought of. The Aygo range is simply too old, rode in one as a passnger last week and woefully unimpressed as I think my friend will be. had thought about the Yaris and of course the Polo but as my OP suggests I need ownership/user feedback!

adrian888 wrote: as my OP

1 year 40 weeks ago

adrian888 wrote:

as my OP suggests I need ownership/user feedback!

We run a company pool car Jazz (well, it is my fathers every day driver!) and it gets used and abused.  Never once has it given any problems, although we do stick to the service schedule.   Overall it is an easy drive, with light steering and controls.  It is not a car I would personally choose for a blat in the country but as an every day driver, you can't go far wrong.

My father also has issues with his mobility so the slightly higher driving position helps him.  From a practical point of view, it gets used as a van from time to time and the rear seat folding arrangement really makes for a big boot.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

Jensen Interceptor ?

1 year 40 weeks ago

Jensen Interceptor ?

Am a bit late for this but

1 year 38 weeks ago

Am a bit late for this but it's an important point when it comes to small automatics. The transmissions on the vast majority of them are dogs. My dad regularly drives hire small automatics in Italy (did I just sound 12 1/2 years old there). They are nearly all semi autos with hydraulic clutches or CVTs. Most aren't pleasant in use (new VW UP Auto and recieved very poor write ups from the motoring press).

When he came to purchase a small auto of his own he went for the Hyundai i10. The old school torque converter transmission is both smooth responsive.

The i10 is well suited to disabled drivers being very light and easy to drive, the high driving position makes it easy to get in and out of. In addition it's a hoot to drive, a genuine funster to an extent I look forward to the odd shot I get. On the minus side it's a bit busy on the motorway and generates a lot of tyre roar. It's also a bit toppely when chucked into slow corners (think mini MPV).

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