A car parents want their kids to learn to drive in
it does not have the issues of the earlier models.
Look for a service record to ensure the car has been properly maintained, and inspect carefully for the bangs and scrapes that can occur in the hurly-burly of city use. Look also for stains and discolouration in the paint as city-bound cars are often parked in the street and subject to attack from all manner of things, from birds to vandals.
With dual front airbags, ABS, Brake Assist, and Brake Distribution, the base Micra was awarded only three stars by ANCAP. To get the sort of safety most parents want for their kids, you need to shop around for a car with the City Collection pack. With that you get the extra protection of side and curtain airbags.
Nissan claimed a comparative average of 6.7 L/100km, while road testers reported fuel consumption of about 8.0L/100km. Like most Koreans the focus has been on price rather than cuttingedge technology, but the Rio is a capable all-rounder that is worth considering. Pay $7500-$12,000. 3stars Boxy, upright shape unlikely to win young hearts, but the Colt does deliver a good package with plenty of space inside. Cheap and cheerful interior a turn-off. Pay $8500-$18,000. 2.5 stars Do you own or have you owned a Ford Focus? Share your experience with other Carsguide readers by sending your comments via email to graham.smith@ carsguide.com.au or write to Carsguide, PO Box 4245, Sydney, NSW, 2010.
Nissan Micra: Acool looker with a funky dash