Sunday – Fabulous 2 x 5


JeremyVauxhall Corsa, Ford Ka, Citroen Saxo – there’s not a huge amount of choice if you are a bright young thing searching for your first cheap car. With average insurance bill exceeding £1500, the paperwork costs more than the vehicle in most cases.

Shame really because the Mazda2 would make a great first car. Cute, well-built and not too expensive to run, it’s the sort of ‘sensible’ runabout any parent would want their little darling driving to and from uni.

That’s especially true when you consider the 2 has a five-star NCAP safety rating for adult occupants in a crash. Instead, young drivers are priced out of the market for the latest, safest cars and forced into ten or 15-year-old hacks that just don’t meet the same standards.

The Mazda comes equipped with up to six airbags, front, side and curtain, plus ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution as standard, helping to reduce the risk of a skid. A steel bodyshell with a special system that absorbs the impact of a collision is impressive on such a modestly price car too.

The best parents can hope for is a secondhand Mazda2, which shouldn’t be too hard to find as this model first appeared back in 2007.



Tuesday – A Car In A Million


Jeremy After the seven-seat giant that was the Kia Sorento, CarCouture today drops down a few sizes to the Vauxhall Adam. And what a great-looking car it is!

Vauxhall seems to have taken the best bits from other superminis, then blended them altogether to create the Adam. (Does anybody recognise that rear-end? Reminds me of a Ford Ka).

First impressions are good. It’s compact and neat on the outside, with a very funky interior that is a delight to behold. Like the Fiat 500, the dashboard trim matches the colour of the exterior bodywork and the seats at least look stylish, if a little short on legroom in the rear.

So, what it’s like on the road? Well, I’m just heading off on a two-hour drive to Heathrow, to attend a Ferrari press event in Italy. That should give me enough time to report back tomorrow when I am holed up in Maranello.