Good looks and economy attract the girls
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.’’