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bpnzstanley

Can you please recommend a 'new', 'small' and 'high seated' (high seating position) car for a little old lady? High safety rating, having a rare view camera (for parking) and a GPS (so she doesn't get lost) are essential. Tinted windows preferred. Affordability is also important, she doesn't' need a flash car, she just needs a safe, practical and durable car.

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Anon

Hi there,
There are a few that come to mind, One of the newest additions by Kia, the Stonic is a great small SUV style car, as is the Mitsubishi ASX.
The Toyota Yaris Cross is another great option.

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bpnzstanley

Hi Cade, thanks for your reply. The little old lady is used to driving a small, high seating position, 3-door, Toyota Rav4 (a really old model), she's not confident in driving anything bigger. I had a quick look at the Kia Stonic, Mitsubishi ASX, and Toyota Yaris Cross, they appear to be all 5-door cars. Any other high safety rating and compact cars you can recommend? Appreciate any other advice you can offer too.

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Anon

Hi there,
Maybe try the Suzuki IGNIS? Or KIA Picanto X?

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bpnzstanley

Hi Cade, thanks for your recommendations. Just wondering, is it necessary to get a Pre-Purchase Inspection for a new car?

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Anon

Hi there,
No it won't be necessary to have any extra inspections for a new car as the manufacturer does a pre-delivery inspection to make sure all is well before you get it.

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bpnzstanley

Hi Cade
Can you please help me understand how safe the latest models of the Suzuki Ignis (GLX & LTD) are?
- RightCar gives both the GLX & LTD a 5-star VSRR Rating. However, this rating is only based on the average crash rating of similar vehicles (e.g. other small SUVs) from the same year of manufacture.
- ANCAP doesn’t have a rating available for this car.
- Euro NCAP gives a 3-Star rating for Suzuki Ignis (with Standard Equipment), and a 5-Star rating for Suzuki Ignis (with Safety Pack).
It appears in Europe, they have different car models or they use different car model names? I can’t work out exactly which model (GLX or LTD) has the 5-Star rating (with Safety Pack) in NZ or if we have this Safety Pack option available at all in NZ?
The guy at the car dealership doesn't seem to know either, he just told us to check the Euro NCAP rating, as there's no ANCAP rating available.

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Anon

Hi there,
The closest rating of note would be the NCAP as this can be used to generate an ANCAP rating if the spec of vehicle is the same as what we get in NZ.
But as it has not officially been given to our IGNIS they can't say for sure it applies.
The VSRR would indicate that in the absence of any real world crash data, Rightcar would say it is a safe pick.
So all in all, I believe the car to be a safe choice.

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