I’ll let you into a little secret. Most motoring journalists are complete and utter hypocrites. They tell you to buy this, rave on about that, but don’t even own a car or nurture some old classic. I fall into the latter category…
“There’s no replacement for displacement…” is an often-used phrase whose author I couldn’t determine. Usually it goes together with enormous V8 motors but it also applies to this cut-price Ford Figo model…
Second-hand Vivo or Figo. That’s usually my answer when someone asks what they should buy for their graduating child or retiring parent. When they counter with affordable new cars, I often have the devil’s own job explaining why they shouldn’t buy a cheapy for Junior or Ouma. That is, until now…
Blitsberig: Ford se nuttige nuwe Figo sedan
Die nuwe Ford Figo is in September 2018 op die Suider-Afrikaanse paaie bekend gestel. Kort daarna het ons die nuwe luikrug weergawe getoets, en was baie verras met die nuwe Figo se ‘waarde-vir-geld’ (lees meer: https://www.namwheels.com/tested-2018-ford-figo-hatch-1-5-trend-auto/).
The good automatic
Acronyms are everywhere, especially in cars. Besides A.B.S., E.S.P. & Co., I’d like to introduce you to K.I.S.S. While the word is usually reserved for loved ones and that amorous aunty at Christmas, the abbreviation “Keep it simple, stupid” applies to my latest test car, the new Ford Figo.
Bekostigbare vervoer en ‘n naam wat mens kan vertrou.
Die Etios was nog altyd ‘n baie belangrike model in die stal van Toyota Suid Afrika en dié model is redelik gewild in ‘n baie kompiterende segment. Dit bied bekostigbare vervoer in ‘n tyd wat motors baie duur geword het. Toyota se Etios word in Indië vervaardig vir die Indiese mark, asook vir Suidelike Afrika, Brasilië en Indonesië.
The cool price
Should you buy a cheap car? In a market where the predominant buying power is in the lower ranks, it’s a question I’ve heard many times. My immediate answer usually involves a demo or second-hand example of a better car because they offer more value than something cheap and cheerful straight out of the box.
A new car, lots of information in short paragraphs.
What you need to know: We somehow haven’t had much exposure to the Ford Figo except for a tired specimen picked up from a rental company. This here was our first proper, week-long test of this budget car and presented itself in the new-generation sedan with 1.5-litre petrol engine and range-topping Titanium trim.
Do you bang the middle man?
(is jy bang vir die middelmannetjie?) So you live on a plaas but don’t have / want a 4×4. Here’s a list of affordable cars with high ground clearance that are not 4×4, SUV’s, AWD, Crossovers, Bakkies, LCV’s, etc.
The big fun
Today, the Hyundai Grand i10 and I would like to teach you a lesson. Don’t worry; it’s not the hurting kind but rather the opposite – small cars can be fun. The harsh reality is that practicality and price rule when your budget is tighter than two coats of paint but you shouldn’t settle for something cheap ‘n nasty.