Weekend Courier - - Driveway - Paul Gover


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. THE ANSWER 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. from about

Honda Jazz CHOICES

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