Grandson is stuck for choice

Stu99

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Driven both through work recently. The Hyundai i10 is incredibly basic and doesn’t have the best drive - will struggle going over 55mph.

Kia Picanto slightly better although if you’re looking for a car in that size and similar price the Toyota Aygo is much better equipped.

Think the newer Aygos come with touchscreen and reversing cameras as standard (which is unheard of for that car category)
 

Skipton Seasider

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I bought a brand new Picanto in 2014 and it was a sturdy little thing. It didn't like hills though so probably wasn't the best car to go for, living around here. Once it got up to speed it was nippy. I kept it for a couple of years and now have a Sportage.

It did come with a reversing camera as standard whereas others often like you to pay extra for things like that.
 

Tetley

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Had kia vr7 for three years good little car and has the kia warrenty so i would go for that
 

Davepick

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I've had a few Hyundais, never had a problem.
Currently a 1.26 i20. Super little car. The only problem is I can't cruise at 70 on M/ways like I used to.
Especially in France where we hope to go as soon as allowed.
Would recommend Hyundai to anyone.
Had an ix35 previously.
 

scunner

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Driven both through work recently. The Hyundai i10 is incredibly basic and doesn’t have the best drive - will struggle going over 55mph.

Kia Picanto slightly better although if you’re looking for a car in that size and similar price the Toyota Aygo is much better equipped.

Think the newer Aygos come with touchscreen and reversing cameras as standard (which is unheard of for that car category)
If you are looking at an Aygo then you might consider the Citroen C1 or the Peugeot 107/108. They are the same car, built on the same production line in Czechia. The only difference is the trim, so the Citroen and Peugeot are cheaper versions of the same car.
 

1966_and_all_that

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between a Kia Picanto 1,0 and a Hyundai i.0. Thoughts as i'm buying it for him.
I've got the Picanto GT Line. I bought it as an about town car and it's fine. Mine has leather seats and steering wheel cover but otherwise it's pretty straightforward. All round good vision, reliable and it can accelerate well for a small, basic car. Yesterday I took it on the M6 to J27 and back just to brush the cobwebs away. It handled 70 no problem.
 

Wizaard

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Repairing structural bodywork with chicken wire and concrete, anything else multiple sheets of fibreglass.
Most self respecting scrappers would turn mine away
My mate @CleveleysPete bought a white car at auction at Walton summit. Took it for a car wash only to find that massive rust patches were covered up with tippex.

Back into the auction the following week.
 

Walnut

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between a Kia Picanto 1,0 and a Hyundai i.0. Thoughts as i'm buying it for him.
Car buyers best city car Hyundai i10. There pick of the range SE connect 1.2 mpi
Pros ‘spacious city car, impressive in car tech, generous warranty
Cons petrol only, sluggish auto gearbox scratchy interior plastics

just noticed only 3 star ncap
 

FlytoKavala

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Could be all change now as he has driven my car many times and feels right in it, plus me and the misses fancy going all electric so he may well be taking possession of mine very soon.
 

Davepick

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Funny coincidence.
My first car was an Austin A40, Reg No. TFR 322.
2 or 3 cars later I had a Vauxhall Viva, Reg No. KFR322L.
btw, years later when In HMC&E in Luton I was the Officer for Vauxhall Motors.
Enjoyed it (only for 18 months) I could go anywhere in the factory I wanted to go, including the secret design area.
I oversaw the first ever Cavaliers (6 of them) which were imported from Belgium or Germany.
They were in fact going straight through the UK into Ireland. Our first came later.
 

mull

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A rock solid Toyota Corolla. Lovely smooth gearboxes n still legendary reliability. One on the industrial estate past Lidil in Poulton, new tyres, good nick 4 door for about £3000. Mine has done 44000 in the 4 years I've had it. Cost me pennies overall
 

BobHatton

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Funny coincidence.
My first car was an Austin A40, Reg No. TFR 322.
2 or 3 cars later I had a Vauxhall Viva, Reg No. KFR322L.
btw, years later when In HMC&E in Luton I was the Officer for Vauxhall Motors.
Enjoyed it (only for 18 months) I could go anywhere in the factory I wanted to go, including the secret design area.
I oversaw the first ever Cavaliers (6 of them) which were imported from Belgium or Germany.
They were in fact going straight through the UK into Ireland. Our first came later.
FR was Blackpool registration district in the old days. My Dad had a Vauxhall Viva estate (1964) rego BFR180B
 

FlytoKavala

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Deal complete. We have bought a Nissan Leaf Tekna Electric 62kwh jobby and our Grandson has a black Kia Rio (18) with only 17640 on the clock. Hope he looks after it the way we have.
 

TwelveAngryMen

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I'd say the best car for a new driver is a Seat Ibiza FR 1.0
They are very smart / loads of tech / nippy enough and after the usual first year pain very cheap to insure
Two of my lads have them
Approx £220 pcm on a PCP for a new one whilst my youngest picked up a high spec second hand one for just over 13k which costs him £200pcm on a loan - which will work out at about £100pcm when you credit the expected residual
 

Hevster

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Mini Metro 1.3 L. Bit of poke when needed, includes a cassette player and FM radio too. Just need to watch the rust.

Otherwise, a chap I work with had an i10 for ages and it did him very well. Not exciting but reliable and for quite a few years he was doing a commute mix of A roads and country roads without any bother. However as others have said, if you can get a Toyota Aygo I have heard they are excellent for that size of car and are a step up finish/features wise from the Hyundai.
 
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Davepick

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I bought my currant car on 17/09/2019.
It has 1697 miles on the clock. The furthest run I've had in it was to Bolton and back.
Unbelievable, nowhere to go.
Still hoping to drive to France (Dordogne) this year.
 
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