Good looks and econ­omy at­tract the girls

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Training Wheels -

JES­SICA Wil­liams was sold on the looks of the Mazda2 Genki as soon as she saw it. The fact it had a five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing didn’t hurt when con­vinc­ing her mum of the mer­its of the new car.

She’s the chauf­feur of choice for her fel­low 17-year-old friends and says the now week-old blue Mazda still con­tin­ues to im­press on ev­ery­thing from new-car smell to ease of driv­ing and the sense of free­dom it gives her.

Why this car: ‘‘It just looked the nicest car . . . we checked out a few but the first time I saw the Mazda2, I knew it was what I wanted.’’

Best fea­ture? ‘‘It just looked the nicest car — it had to look good — and then when it had all the safety fea­tures and stuff, it was an easy choice.’’

Dis­likes: ‘‘Noth­ing yet. A lot of my friends are still driv­ing old Hold­ens and Fal­cons, but they don’t have the safety of a new car. I don’t want to sound like a snob, it’s just the older cars use more fuel and you don’t re­ally know how they’ve been looked af­ter. I was just lucky I could get a new one.’’ STEPHANIE Young rates her 1999 Holden Ba­rina as an ex­cel­lent buy. The 18-year-old says it is eco­nom­i­cal, hasn’t had any me­chan­i­cal prob­lems and at $3500, was value for money. She says fuel costs are a killer and the Ba­rina keeps that over­head to a min­i­mum.

Why this car? ‘‘I was look­ing for a car that didn’t use too much petrol and was at the right price. It was a pri­vate sale and I took my dad and my brother with me and they agreed it was good.’’

Best fea­ture? ‘‘It is re­ally com­fort­able to drive in — it just runs re­ally good — and it looks good in black with the mag wheels.’’

Dis­likes? ‘‘I don’t use the air­con­di­tion­ing, be­cause it makes the car re­ally slug­gish, so at this time of the year, it can get a bit hot in the city.’’

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