Okay that is harsh.
I read in a car magazine that a good way to find out if you like a car was to hire one and see how you get on with it.
On trips to Spain I always hire the cheapest car. Not because I am tight with my wallet, just that small cars are fun (!) and we don't need a big guzzler pen is extension car.
So when I checked the Malagacar Group One box the options were Ford Ka, Fiat Panda or similar.
We have had both of these before. I like the Ka but not enough to buy one. I love the Panda and may yet buy the latest incarnation, having owned one for the best part of 140000 miles...
But similar meant a Toyota Aygo. Tiny boot (trunk to the colonials) but can seat four human adults.
Tinny, not very powerful but good for what we need.
The hire car has a few problems:
- The key has the padlock symbols but they don't work.
- To lock it requires the drivers door button depressed, outside handle lift and slam. Same as my 1975 Ford Cortina.
- The driver's lock doesn't work, you have to unlock the passenger door and lean across to lift the driver's door button.
Okay. Not that difficult and for a week simply a nuisance.
But this car has covered less than 7000 kms since we collected. Can an owner expect the same quality? I hope not.
Maybe this Aygo is the Friday afternoon special when the Japanese car boys were a bit too demob happy?
Or is this just a crap economy car that carries the Toyota badge?