Alright, so I've been looking for a first car for over a month now, but I have very little experience in the matter. I live in Tasmania, which is a small island under (and part of) Australia, and we don't get many cars and the ones that we do get usually have a premium on them. There is no law against turbos here for L / P plates so that is ok. The car needs to be economical (preferably under 9L / 100km) and it needs to be reasonably sporty. I have around $14,000 to spend and am looking at used cars, preferably under 100,000km. It also must be a manual, because autos just aren't as much fun.
There really isn't much available in Tassy. The best I can come up with is:
Honda Accord Euro (2003 - 2005 depending on the model). It produces 140kW and has a 6 speed transmission. My dad test drove one and liked it. It takes premium (95+ octane) unleaded and does 9.1L / 100km, which isn't ideal, as I don't have much money. I'd barely be able to afford the running costs. It is a bit of a luxury car and has great build quality. I can get it with a good deal, considering it used to cost over $42,000 6 - 8 years ago.
Ford Fiesta XR4 (2008). Produces 110kW and has a 5 speed transmission. Reviews say it is a good driver's car for the money. Interior is a bit tacky, but it does have leather seats. Not much room in the back. Grips to corners and has a great power to weight ratio. It doesn't look as nice as the Euro, has less power, fewer features and less "prestige" but it has done 40,000km less than the Euro I have my eye on and takes regular unleaded, and sips it at a rate of 7.4L / 100km. Much less costly to run.
So they are the main contenders. Both have similar safety features. There's a VW Polo TDI (faster than the petrol equivalent), but it ain't exactly sporty. There are many others as well, like the 2005 Ford Focus Zetec (Zetec just has racing stripes, a body kit and stiffer suspension), but none with the same power to weight ratio as the XR4, or high quality and feature count of the Euro.
I'm in a pickle
If I get one, I don't want to regret not getting the other. The XR4 would probably be the safe bet, but maybe I should take the plunge with the Euro, which I know to be a great car to drive.
WHAT DO I DO