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Wel­come to one of Namwheels' more reg­u­lar fea­tures - our list of top 5 car-re­lated items.

Times are tough. You’re living on two minute noo­dles and your shoes have holes in them but you saved plenty of big notes (and a meaty de­posit) for a shiny new car.

Of course you could al­ways look at a more af­ford­able sec­ond-hand car (which of­fers bet­ter value) but we are fo­cussing on new cars only.

What to get, what to test-drive? We at Namwheels love to help with our list of cars you should con­sider.

Feel free to send us com­ments or feed­back: [email protected]

1 TATA Bolt 1.2T XMS

This was a very tough call but we put this cool new In­dian hatch­back first be­cause of its good spec­i­fi­ca­tions and great turbo-petrol engine. It costs about 160 thou­sand and there’s an even posher model for ten grand more. Great value!

66kw, 140Nm • 2 Airbags • ABS, EBD • 210L boot • Ra­dio/usb

2 SUZUKI Cele­rio 1.0 GA

If you want an af­ford­able lit­tle run­about - look no fur­ther. It costs about N$143,000 while the Cele­rio GL with bet­ter specs is a bit more; and also avail­able as an auto. Ea­ger and fru­gal lit­tle engine but no ser­vice plan with this model.

50kw, 90Nm • 2 Airbags • ABS, EBD • 235L boot

3 VW Take up! 1.0

Brand rep­u­ta­tion, dealer count and our love for this su­perb lit­tle car should’ve given it first spot but the en­try-level “Take up!” is ex­pen­sive (at least 170 grand) and low on specs. The bet­ter “Move up!” is above 180k.

55kw, 95Nm • 4 Airbags • ABS • 251L boot • Ra­dio/aux

4 HYUNDAI Grand i10 1.25

We should’ve put the Hyundai i10 on this list but it lacks some es­sen­tial safety fea­tures and “The Grand” is a much bet­ter car. Ex­pect a very perky engine, more ver­sa­til­ity and su­pe­rior spec­i­fi­ca­tions for a bud­get of around N$200,000.

64kw, 120Nm • 2 Airbags • ABS, EBD • 256L boot • RA­DIO/CD/USB/BT

5 SUZUKI Swift 1.2 GA

You want value for money? The age­ing but ex­cel­lent Swift costs just N$162,900 for this GA en­try-level model. Not very pow­er­ful but easy to drive and ex­tremely fuel ef­fi­cient! For more ride height, see our Ignis launch report in this is­sue...

63kw, 113Nm • 2 Airbags • ABS, EBD • 210L boot • Ser­vice plan

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