PROOF BIG THINGS COME IN
I am keen to replace my 1992 Toyota Corolla manual sedan with a smaller automatic.
To date, I’ve not found the ideal vehicle as the design of all models is almost identical and I am having trouble with forward vision, particularly being able to see over the steering wheel and the high dome behind it.
For me, the driver’s seat does not adjust high enough nor does the steering wheel lower sufficiently.
The one car with which I was happy was a Nissan Micra, but unfortunately that model is no longer available in Australia.
I was hoping that 2018 would bring a change in design but I’ve heard nothing to that effect.
Small cars have become a lot bigger over the years, which is not good for shorter people.
Even with adjustable driver’s seats, vision can be a challenge in the latest version of the Corolla and the cars in its class. You should be looking at cars in the micro class, which will give you the view you need in a compact city package.
Even the cheapest contenders will have plenty of the sort of standard equipment that was just a dream when your Corolla hit the road, and the value has never been better. HONDA JAZZ, $15,990 drive-away from about
A long-term favourite with plenty of strengths, especially in the flexibility of the cabin layout with what Honda calls ‘magic seats’ to maximise carrying capacity.
The Jazz is light to handle and easy to park. Honda now has a seven-year warranty.
KIA PICANTO, $15,690 drive-away
A beaut little car that’s really loaded.