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This is the first car I have ever owned and I love it. Having test driven a basic Visia model and also the Acenta, I decided to opt for the Acenta, as it comes with features such as front fog lights, air con and extra airbags. I haven't looked back. The car is super cheap to run - I can fill the tank on less than £40 at present prices and the mpg is amazing, even doing day to day runs to and from work/supermarket etc. - a full tank lasting a month or so depending on your journeys! Since the engine emissions are low, road tax is free during the 1st year of ownership and £20 a year thereafter (current prices). It's also in one of the lowest insurance groups too.
Around town, the little engine is very responsive and nimble. The steering and handling are very good too. Even out on the motorway, the Pixo will quite happily cruise along at 70mph. Sometimes, overtaking on a steeper hill requires down shifting to maintain speed or achieve the required acceleration, but given that the engine size is just under 1.0l, it's still really impressive.
In terms of features, it's well worth opting for the higher Acenta model (around £1k more than the Visia) as I found it to be more comfortable to drive in. The boot is small, but the rear seats fold down easily (in the Acenta, these are split fold which makes life a LOT easier). Having 4 doors makes it very easy to carry passengers and 4 adults are able to travel comfortably without any noticeable deterioration in engine performance or handling.
My only advice would be to remember that this is a budget city car so it is not going to have all of the features of larger, more expensive cars. Despite this, it is a very comfortable, practical car that is ideal as a first car or for lots of town/city driving.
In June this year the dear old Micra which I shared with my dad finally reached the natural end of its life, and we decided to take advantage of the government's scrappage scheme to upgrade to a brand new car. We went in to buy a Micra, but seeing a Pixo on the courtyard we decided one of these would be ideal. They are, in my opinion better looking cars than Micras, almost like a Nissan Note's much prettier and less chunky little sister.
As anyone who has shopped for a small car will probably realise, the waiting lists since the scrappage scheme started have been huge. The Nissan Pixo is no exception - we got ours quickly as it just happened that the day we visited the showroom someone had cancelled an order, so we snapped it up. The salesman informed us that these cars are so popular under the scrappage scheme that the wait was until January and this was in June.
So, after a quick test drive we snapped this one up as it was everything we were looking for - small, economical and cheap. The thing that most attracted us to the Pixo was the price. A middle of the range model with a few extras such as electric windows cost us around £5,500, allowing for the scrappage we got for our old car. This really was an absolute bargain for a brand new car.
There are four grades of Pixo from the very basic Visia to the slightly more luxurious Tekna with A/C. The very cheapest Pixo is £6,995 and the most expensive £9,995. All have a very small 1.0 three cylinder engine and are 5 door hatchbacks (great for anyone who is, like me, an unofficial taxi service).
The size of the engine was something which niggled us when we bought this car. We thought that maybe such a small engine would make the car a little gutless. We couldn't have been more wrong. Alright, it's not the most powerful but it really is a fast little car - it's so small and light it can get away with such a small engine. You can really get away quick and acceleration is brilliant on faster roads. It does lose a little power sometimes on hills and struggles a little bit, but it's just a case of learning how to handle the car and changing down when appropriate.
The ride comfort in this car isn't the best. You tend to feel lumps and bumps in the road quite a bit, but it seems to me this is the price you pay for having a slightly higher seat which I prefer - it makes me feel a bit safer. There is also a fair amount of roll in the car, but nothing too extreme. In the old Micra I used to brace my legs against the sides of the car, and this is nowhere near anything like this.
You might have guessed by now that I'm no massive petrolhead, but I do enjoy driving and this car really does make it a pleasure to drive. I haven't been passed my test all that long (march this year) and think this is a brilliant car for a new driver as it is uncomplicated and not too powerful.
We did have some concerns about the build quality of this car - being built in India would it be of the same quality of the cars built in Sunderland? Our concerns proved to be unfounded. We have had only one problem with this car - the horn didn't work when we picked it up, and we just took it back to the dealership and it was fixed in an afternoon. Compared to some horror stories I have heard with new cars this is a minor complaint and it was sorted out with no problems. So far, so good on the reliability front.
In terms of economy, this car is great. It costs only £35 a year to tax because of how low the emissions are. While no car is green I suppose this (other than horrid electric cars) is the next best thing. It uses little petrol (I'm not sure how much we use) and with figures of 64.2mpg fuel efficiency and 103g/km CO2 emission tag it compares very well to other small cars on the environmental front.
The most annoying thing about this car that I have found is that it has no rev counter. I'm slightly deaf, and as this car has such a small engine I struggle to hear it sometimes. My way of driving had adapted when learning to use the rev counter more perhaps than most people, and it was something I struggled with in this car at first and led to much stalling. However, like most things I got used to it and now have a feel for the car.
Overall, I love this little car. It's an ideal city car in my opinion, and does its job for me economically and efficiently. It's probably not one for true petrol heads but is just great for getting from A to B. A brilliant little car from Nissan.