Best small automatic car

My mum is trying to get a new automatic car 'cos her old Corolla, although still in great nick, eats up the fuel and is costing her to much to run. I think we can get good money under this scrappage scheme. However, I 'm out of the loop when it comes to cars so can anyone give us some advice about what would be the best buy for her? She really just wants a car that will be comfortable to drive down to the shops and that won't be expensive on the fuel.

Honda Jazz, Skoda Fabia, Nissan Micra......any of these decent as automatics?

any thoughts would be really welcome!

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4 years 47 weeks ago

no-one has any thoughts!!!???

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4 years 47 weeks ago

There's been a useful (and funny) recent thread on this very topic.

Have a look at http://www.autocar.co.uk/forums/t/8453.aspx

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4 years 47 weeks ago

I'll repeat what I said on that thread: I'd avoid any of the "tronic" autos- they're the ones with a roboticised manual gearbox. Maybe they've moved on since my wife's last generation Corsa, but it was actually harder to drive than a manual. Unlike a slushbox or CVT auto, it didn't hold on hills and the change was diabolical. Imagine every drive feeling like your badly co-ordinated learner teenage son was doing the changes.

We've now got a Micra 1.2 with a conventional auto. It's very smooth and is still economical. We've also had a CVT Micra which was also very easy to drive, though, being only a 1 litre, was a bit underpowered. You'll save a lot of money by not using scrappage but buying a three year old ex Motability car. They tend to have tiny mileages and to be well looked after. I've had a couple of larger ex Motability autos and they have been great bargains and ultra-reliable too.

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4 years 47 weeks ago

Honda Jazz sold in UK doesn't have regular autobox so maybe steer clear. Fabia is based on a VW Polo so maybe steer clear. Latest Micra looks grotesque and is worse inside so maybe steer clear. Check out automatic Yaris.

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4 years 47 weeks ago

Done almost 90,000miles in a 107 2tronic, it had a new clutch at 60,000miles (think it cost about £500 to fix, it has also had one pair of front brake pads, and serviced every 10,000miles) does about 50-55mpg around town, 45-60mpg on a run. £35 RFL

Makes a noise when accelerating, but seems to quieten down once you have reached your speed.

Ride and seats are ok, boot is small but you can flip the back seat down, handling and brakes are better than good.

Styling is definately an aquired taste, but people seem to give way quite often (it is n't the driver's looks :o) ) so guess it is generally not found offensive.

Believe the Toyota Aygo MMT is mechanically identical.

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4 years 47 weeks ago

Hyundai i10?

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4 years 47 weeks ago

Uncle Mellow wrote:
Honda Jazz sold in UK doesn't have regular autobox so maybe steer clear

I've not heard the best things about the new Jazz's gearbox (robotised manual). However the last generation Jazz had a decent enough CVT on the 1.4. Good economy, bearable performance, excellent reliability and practicality. Depends whether you want new or not.

For looking new you could/should look at all of these:

Try the Mitsubishi Colt - the 1.3 comes with a semi-auto gearbox that is the best of a pretty bad bunch. Having said that I've not tried the Yaris one for a while - the 1.4d in the Yaris comes with a 6 speed semi-auto and does 65mpg.

Suzuki Swift 1.5 - nippy, despite 4 speed gearbox. I'd generally say to avoid a 4 speed...

Skoda Fabia 1.6 "tiptronic"

Hyundai i30 1.6 petrol/diesel - 4 speed again

Seat Ibiza 1.6 DSG - DSGs are the best of the robotised manuals (two clutches, nowhere near as jerky). If the scrappage scheme is extended you could look at the VW Polo 1.2TSI DSG.

Nissan Note 1.6 Auto - 4 speed, nicely practical, bit like the Jazz

Jazz i-shift - not tried it, probably jerky as hell given what it was like in the civic.

Re: Best small automatic car

4 years 45 weeks ago

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