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Used Rivals

7 May 2003

THE Spanish-built Barina Joy has space, looks and style. Its 1.4-litre engine only emits 44kW so it relies on good low-speed torque. Equipment includes power steering, seatbelt pretensioners and an optional driver's airbag. But it's a stodgy drive and not as reliable as its Suzuki-sourced predecessor.

One of the least desirable cars of recent times, the South Korean-built (by Kia) Festiva only had economy and a nice dash going for it. Its below-par quality, safety, comfort, refinement, engine performance and handling should become apparent immediately. Awkward styling and a cheapo image don't help either.

THE British-built Micra is a great all-rounder, with sassy Euro styling inside and out, a spacious interior and excellent economy and performance from its 55kW 1.3 engine. Easy, safe handling and a comfy ride round out a critically underrated light car star. Rare parts availability is its only drawback.

THE Breeze is the entry level Civic and its strong points are attractive styling, good roadholding from the double wishbone suspension and high quality. The 1.3-litre engine with 55kW delivers reasonable performance and average fuel economy. Equipment is on a par with this group of rivals.

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