Advertisement
If you have a new account but are having problems posting or verifying your account, please email us on [email protected] for help. Thanks :)
Private profiles - please note that profiles marked as private will soon be public. This will facilitate moderation so mods can view users' warning histories. All of your posts across the site will appear on your profile page (including PI, RI). Groups posts will remain private except to users who have access to the same Groups as you. Thread here
Some important site news, please read here. Thanks!

Small automatic for mother

  • 21-04-2021 10:03pm
    #1
    Registered Users Posts: 11 grandview


    Hi Folks - Looking at small automatics for my mam as she needs something smaller than what she has now (Citroen Multispace Auto) Been looking at Seat Mii, Skoda Citigo and also some of the Japanese imports of the Toyota Aqua, Toyota Vitz and Honda Fit. Anybody have any experience of these small autos. She will only be doing small mileage. The citroen auto she has now is a horrible yoke of an auto to drive. Looking at the 2013 to 2015 mark so looking at 7-9k spend.


    Thanks


Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 50,130 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26


    Would a Fiat 500 interest her?


  • Posts: 0 ✭✭✭ Zayden Kind Possum


    there is a very good chance that any local small automatic was a hire car. inspect with care. Jap import might be safer bet.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,667 ✭✭✭ selectamatic


    Hybrid Yaris


  • Registered Users Posts: 72,768 ✭✭✭✭ colm_mcm


    Up/Mii/Citigo are the same idea as the citroen automated manual box, only executed a bit better.

    I’d look at used Hyundai i10/i20 or Kia Picanto/Rio - they have a conventional torque converter box up till around 2020 - but as above watch out for ex rentals.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,469 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    Toyota Aqua is the Prius C and probably the one to go for.


  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 72,768 ✭✭✭✭ colm_mcm


    biko wrote: »
    Toyota Aqua is the Prius C and probably the one to go for.
    Neighbour got one, they seem to be a nice yoke.
    There was a thread recently where a poster couldn’t easily get insurance on one though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,448 ✭✭✭ Mimon


    Saw the thread title on the main page and thought that I'd gone onto Boards Texas for a second :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 76 ✭✭ Back Home


    Hybrid Yaris
    And bullet proof


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,694 ✭✭✭✭ NIMAN


    Nissan Leaf would be ideal for her.

    Simple to drive, little to go wrong, comfortable.


  • Registered Users Posts: 253 ✭✭ forestgirl


    Volkswagen up is a beautiful car to drive nice and solid, Ford fiesta would be good also


  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 1,167 ✭✭✭ quenching


    colm_mcm wrote: »
    Up/Mii/Citigo are the same idea as the citroen automated manual box, only executed a bit better.

    I’d look at used Hyundai i10/i20 or Kia Picanto/Rio - they have a conventional torque converter box up till around 2020 - but as above watch out for ex rentals.

    This is your answer.

    I had the same dilemma myself last year, bought an i10 with torque converter auto box, it does an excellent job. Avoid the automated manual gearboxes as in the Up etc. A Yaris hybrid is perfect too if it’s within budget.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11 grandview


    Thanks for all the comments folks.


    So i think on the shortlist might be
    Hyundai I10
    Toyota Yaris Hybrid
    Toyota Aqua

    Nissan Leaf could be good to although she would probably forget to plug it in!!!
    The Fiestas look lovely but a bit pricey

    I many stay away from the Mii, up and Citigo if the auto box is something similar to the citroen as the delay on that Citroen auto box in terms of response at roundabouts is scary (nearly got caught myself a few times)



    Thanks


  • Registered Users Posts: 11 grandview


    colm_mcm wrote: »
    Neighbour got one, they seem to be a nice yoke.
    There was a thread recently where a poster couldn’t easily get insurance on one though.


    Were the insurance company cagey about insuring it as its a Jap import?
    I do recall that anytime i am doing my own insurance quote about if the car is irish question.
    As it is she is late 70's so the insurance is getting harder every year.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,185 ✭✭✭ mojesius


    My mam's 2005 Yaris automatic Yaris was bulletproof, until it was stolen a couple of years ago :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,975 ✭✭✭ Redsoxfan


    Looked at this recently for my mum. As well as automatics, needed push button start and wanted 2013 or newer. Very little outside Japanese imports fitted the bill, although that was down to the push button requirement.

    Looked at all the following:

    Yaris (Vitz) - imports seem to be 1.0 only, but simple looking gear shift. She was coming from 131 1.3 Yaris so this would have been fine
    Aqua/Prius C - this would have been my choice, but parents felt it too low (is lower than a Yaris)
    Jazz - the newer models have a fairly funky gear shift - more like a joystick and the fact that 'P' was a button (gearing was only 'N', 'D' and 'R') was odd to me (it also has a conventional handbrake) - I thought my mum would struggle with it, but it's a nice car
    Ended up with a Swift. As straightforward as the Yaris.

    Bought at Choice Motors in Lusk, you an go and look at a number of different options at the same time which is good. There is a fair few outfits like them that specialise in the smaller automatics from Japan.

    Her insurance might be slightly more but nothing material.


  • Registered Users Posts: 72,768 ✭✭✭✭ colm_mcm


    grandview wrote: »
    Were the insurance company cagey about insuring it as its a Jap import?
    I do recall that anytime i am doing my own insurance quote about if the car is irish question.
    As it is she is late 70's so the insurance is getting harder every year.

    I think it was because their systems didn’t list it.


Advertisement