Mi­cra man­age­ment

A car par­ents want their kids to learn to drive in

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Used Car -

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.

INACRASH

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.

ATTHEPUMP

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.

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