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Danje

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Looking to buy first car under 3.1M

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Hi all,

I'm looking to buy my first car, my budget is limited to 3.1 million, would like to buy something made after 2010 or so.

I was wondering should I go for a new non Japanese car such as Kia Picanto, Perodua Axia or should I look for used car like Mazda demio. And I might be able to purchase a Toyota Vitz 2008 with 60,000Km odometer for around 2.75M from a close relative.

Planning to use this for traveling to work within colombo (40km daily) and traveling long distance (300KM round trip) once a month.

All your expert advice is appreciated.

 

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Following.

I'm also almost in the same boat.

Should we wait till they release Picanto 2017 model? Will there be any tax revision in the next budget?

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I recently bought a Kia Picanto 2016 for my wife. Before purchasing, I compared this with Perodua Axia 2016. The build quality and the interior quality is of the Picanto is much better than the Axia. Same has 998 CC, 3 cylinder engine. The leg space in the back is not sufficient for an adult passenger in Kia Picanto if you moved the driving seat to the back most position like me and I felt leg space is in Perodua Axia is better than Picanto. Also Picanto does not have reverse sensors but Axia has.

Wife loved the Picanto than Axia and she said the Axia is more like an Alto.

The Picanto has a good pickup (better than March k11 as I felt) though it has a 3 cylinder engine. The car is still under 1000 km in ODO. I checked the fuel consumption using full tank to full tank method. In the moderate traffic (in Kandy), it gives 11 to 11.5 km/l,  In long distance (only one round trip Kandy-Colombo-Kandy) it scored 14.5 km/l.

So it is too early to check fuel economy yet but I think it will work 10 to 10.5 km/l in heavy traffic conditions in Colombo and 14 to 16 km/l in long distance depending on your driving style.

I think Perodua Axia also gives similar fuel figures since you cannot do much in these traffic conditions in Colombo and Kandy (worse than Colombo)

There is another option Hyundai Garand i10, which is bit expensive than Picanto but made in India. Hyundai i10 and Picanto have the same engine and gear box

 

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Hi tbird!

Thanks for the "hands-on" review.

As per my knowledge,

1. Picanto 2017 Facelift has more back leg room and the body is little bit lengthy.

2. Ex variant has the reverse sensors.

 

2017 Facelift has been introduced last month in Geneva motor show. Is it really worth to wait till they introduce that in SL? The price also may go up.

Cheers!

 

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Kia Sri Lanka may introduce Picanto 2017 later this year but I guess it will be more exepensive

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6 hours ago, tbird said:

I recently bought a Kia Picanto 2016 for my wife. Before purchasing, I compared this with Perodua Axia 2016. The build quality and the interior quality is of the Picanto is much better than the Axia. Same has 998 CC, 3 cylinder engine. The leg space in the back is not sufficient for an adult passenger in Kia Picanto if you moved the driving seat to the back most position like me and I felt leg space is in Perodua Axia is better than Picanto. Also Picanto does not have reverse sensors but Axia has.

Wife loved the Picanto than Axia and she said the Axia is more like an Alto.

The Picanto has a good pickup (better than March k11 as I felt) though it has a 3 cylinder engine. The car is still under 1000 km in ODO. I checked the fuel consumption using full tank to full tank method. In the moderate traffic (in Kandy), it gives 11 to 11.5 km/l,  In long distance (only one round trip Kandy-Colombo-Kandy) it scored 14.5 km/l.

So it is too early to check fuel economy yet but I think it will work 10 to 10.5 km/l in heavy traffic conditions in Colombo and 14 to 16 km/l in long distance depending on your driving style.

I think Perodua Axia also gives similar fuel figures since you cannot do much in these traffic conditions in Colombo and Kandy (worse than Colombo)

There is another option Hyundai Garand i10, which is bit expensive than Picanto but made in India. Hyundai i10 and Picanto have the same engine and gear box

 

Thanks you @tbird, that was a great review.

How is the driving experience when driving in Kandy road, does it struggle when overtaking in hilly roads?

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6 hours ago, Danje said:

Thanks you @tbird, that was a great review.

How is the driving experience when driving in Kandy road, does it struggle when overtaking in hilly roads?

No, it has a good pickup, you can overtake in hill roads without a problem even 3 passengers in the Car, There is an RPM gauge and it is useful when overtaking hilly roads.

However if you used to drive a car with higher engine capacity, you will  feel this is as a slow car.

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