We’re on the verge of buying a new or almost new car for my wife, daughter and me. We don’t need anything fancy (BMW, mercedes, lexus), don’t want a big truck, van or SUV, want something fairly small for city driving/parking, but fairly big inside (Suzuki Swift, for example, while it’s a great looking car at a good price, is too small).
We liked the VW Golf for a while, but after looking at a few new and used ones we concluded the back seat is too flat and uncomfortable. Audi A3 looks really nice but we didn’t even examine it because we understand it’s basically a Golf in fancy clothes with a heft premium thrown onto the pricetag. Though we’re mostly interested in hatchbacks, I checked out the Jetta and really like it: huuuuuge trunk and very sporty looking all around, but a little larger than what we want (roughly equivalent to an Accord or a Camry). Maybe in the US I’d go for the Jetta, but not here.
Skoda looks like a great car (notwithstanding that they apparently used to be crap cars in Europe in the past), but it’s out of the running because they’re no longer sold in Taiwan. (Not interested in a used one, even if we could find one, if no one would no how to service it or would have the parts).
I checked out a new Honda Fit and it’s true what they say about its storage capacity. One really could fit a fully assembled bike standing up inside of it. But, it looks kind of funny to me. More importantly, it’s only available new, so is quite (ie., too) pricey. And, I have no idea why they were so dumb in this regard, but it has ZERO AIRBAGs.
I like the Civic, but my wife doesn’t for some reason.
Looked at the Mazda3 and the Mazda Isumu and considered them briefly but rejected them.
So, eventually we’ve worked it down to the SX4 and the Tiida, which seem very comparable to me and both look like they’d be fine. But, we’re leaning towards the SX4 based on the following assumptions (feel free to correct me if our assumptions are wrong):
- SX4 has 6 airbags; Tiida has 1 or 2
- Gas mileage roughly comparable
- SX4 slightly more HP
- SX4 slightly wider and greater stability
- SX4 is made in Japan; Tiida made in Taiwan
- SX4 is about NT$628,000; Tiida is about NT$650,000
Anyone familiar with either or both of these cars? What are your thoughts?