January 6th, 2011

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Still can't decide

An informant sez: "you could get a brand new petrol car for the price of that Corsa."

Which appears to be more or less true. Some more links:

Nissan Micra 1.2 Spirita (2007, 7K8 miles, £4,995)
Nissan Pixo 1.0i (2010, 6K4 miles, £5,995)
Renault Clio 1.2 TCE Dynamique (2007, 3K4 miles, £6,592)
Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 Life (2009, 4K6 miles, £7,495)
Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Life (2009, 5K miles, £7,795)

The top one is walking distance from my house.

So, questions for the good people in LJ-land: what is a Nissan Pixo? Will I feel cramped in a Micra? What are these 1.0 and 1.2 litre cars like to drive? These all claim 48 to 50 mpg which is a bit lower than the claimed mpg of the Xsara diesel (claimed: 53; actual: 48 — mind you, info I can find on the Saxo 1.4 says its mpg is 41, and I got 46 out of it).
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Furthermore

I am getting an extra £450 off the insurer. Hoorah.

But they will now record that I've accepted the proposed settlement, which will cause a notification to be sent to the company supplying the hire car, and they will most likely ring me up in the morning to tell me when they want the car back, which according to the small print is within 48 hours of my claim being settled. Let's hope they're not open on Saturdays and will settle for Monday morning.

So. If it comes to a choice between a Corsa and a Micra (which it may not — it's still very much up in the air), does anyone have a strong opinion that I should avoid one (or both) of those?