Renault Duster Review – 1.5DCI 4×4.
Let’s be honest, in general, cars are very expensive appliances. After a house, they are, to most of us, the second most expensive product we will buy, and finance. And if, you’re fortunate enough to be able to buy both cash…wait if you can do that and you’re reading this, thank you!
Anyway, entering the new car market is as tough as entering the property market. The cheapest car right now is the Chery QQ3 which retails for R79 900. Granted it has five doors, a boot and an engine – which is all of 800cc in capacity and produces 38kW and 70Nm – however there are more justifiable reasons to rather buy a scooter. And if I can compare the QQ3 to some sort of accommodation, it would be the cheapest of cheap student/flat share type places. Dodgy.
Fast forward a few years (quite a few) and you’re passed the scooter/digs part of your life, you’re (probably) married, there’s an offspring (maybe more than one) and you need some sort of four-wheeled vehicular transport to safely carry you and the new family. You’re scaling up.
Okay, are we talking about cars or family planning?
You have about R260 000 of the banks hard earned money. Safe money could (for God’s sake no!) push you towards a Toyota Corolla. A Nissan Juke might suffice or perhaps the very new, and unknown Fiat 500L. Perhaps a second hand Qashqai. The Nissan NV200 might suit, if you can stomach the looks. So too the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Crew Bus if you live with the delivery van vibes. [Read more…]