For most people, their economic realities dictate that the initial purchase price is the prime motivator in their search for a car. This is then followed by other considerations such as practicality and reliability. It should actually be the other way around. First, determine your lifestyle and your actual needs, then find a suitable set of wheels.
The Renault Sandero is a firm favourite amongst rental companies which ensures there is a steady supply of good second-hand models available. This is a great option because it comes with all the essential must-haves but none of the expensive frills seen in many other models – there is little that can go wrong in the long run. Your aim is to cap and contain running costs, after all, and here the Sandero has an established reputation. After all, would a rental company indulge in expensive cars to maintain? For a dash of individuality, opt for a Stepway version.
It has often been said that a Golf is all the car you will ever need. It is the right size, has a good choice of engine derivatives, great equipment levels, great versatility and more than its share of good, solid German quality and safety. It is a car you could buy with confidence and run for a decade or more without considering a replacement. Of course, GTI models are out of a first-time buyer’s league, but the entry-level models in the range are more than adequate for most needs. If a VW Golf sounds like the right one for you, narrow your search to mostly focus on Golf 6 models.
The Ford Fiesta could really be bunched with the older-generation Figo in this regard. The Fiesta has tremendous style appeal and comes with a variety of engine options ranging from eco-friendly to hot performance engines. Additionally, these cars boast a trendy, eye-catching design and high equipment levels – it is another car one could enjoy for many years on end, making sense from a budget point of view.
Despite their relative small capacity, the Mazda2 engines are powerful and economical. Mazda has quietly built a reputation for building very safe cars and these are all very important considerations when venturing in to the big leap of faith when acquiring your very first car. Mazda2 models of the early 2010s share much of their hardware components with the Ford Figo and Fiesta, dating from a time when Mazda was still a subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company. And a bonus – The Mazda2 has won numerous design awards and Car of the Year awards in various countries.
For the utmost in reliability, few cars can compete with a Jazz – especially when it comes to the engine department. Annually, Honda builds more engines than any other manufacturer – for cars, bikes, marine, aviation and industrial use – and their engine performance and reliability are legendary. Hondas simply do not break down. With its high roofline and great interior space, the Jazz is an all-rounder that suits most needs when it comes to its all-out credentials.