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  Reply # 2188889 28-Feb-2019 14:44
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Bung: . How many small cars did you buy in 2017? (4 mentioned)

Yes, 4. Still have the 1.2 Swift and Mazda 2.


Out of interest, which do you prefer between those two?

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  Reply # 2188952 28-Feb-2019 16:21
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alasta: Out of interest, which do you prefer between those two?

Hands down Mazda 2 is best. Yes the Swift is made in Japan, leather steering wheel is standard, tinted windows, most economical, but I wouldn't recommend one unless your bottom line is fuel economy at all costs.

Mazda nicer looking, more comfortable seating, nicer looking interior, engine sounds better, goes better, 6 speed, idle stop, better stereo, alloy wheels, 5 year unlimited km warranty vs 3 year/100000km, and up to 10 free services vs none, and Mazda is only $1700 drive away more than Suzuki.


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  Reply # 2189426 1-Mar-2019 14:38
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If you own 2 cars and plan to use one mainly for around town commuting a 2nd Hand Nissan Leaf makes a lot of sense.
Can easily fit 2 Adults + 2 teenagers and/or baby seats and has a good sized boot.
Charging at home makes it's very cheap to run.
I only do about 10000 Km a year and am saving at least $1500 a year even after allowing for interest on borrowing extra money (to buy this vs a similar petrol car) and higher depreciation rates.


If this is your only car / a car you plan to use for longer driving trips then it is more of a difficult decision to by an EV. (but can be done)





You're kidding re the baby seat space right? There might be enough room for a capsule in the back of a leaf, but as soon as you need to change to a full size rear facing car seat, I reckon you'd be outta luck. I looked at a leaf once and the front passenger seat looked like it needed to be all the way forwards (making it unusable) if there was a rear facing seat behind it and kids are supposed to be rear facing until they're at least 2 years old now... that's a long time not being able to use the seat in front!



I've been in a couple of Leafs, they aren't that small. There is a company where I live that uses them as taxis (Which i have used) and there is no issues getting three passengers in them plus luggage. If you can fit a person in the back seat behind me (6'3"), surely you can fit a baby seat?





Capsules are pretty small, but rear facing seats for 6m+ are huge as they have to recline a fair way. The issue is that when an adult is sitting on the back seat, the furthest forward part of them is their knees which are only a little above seat bolster height. With a car seat, that furthest forward part is almost at headrest height of the seat in front meaning you have to have the front seat a long way forward and/or completely upright.

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