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Old 12th August 2005, 00:50   #16
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NY grill is stock for all models now.. 1.8L has the auto tranny option..leather interior seemed pretty slick to me..lots of rear legs space..
Like RX said optra is in the same league as Corolla/skoda/elantra,so keep that in mind if parking is a problem for you..
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You could also stick to the NHC, throw a couple of 60kg sand-bags in the trunk and use imported Michelin tires.
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ok so can we say that the car with the BEST rear seat comfort and dimensions closest to the Opel Astra is the Optra 1.8, NY Edition. Does the NY Edition (I prefer that grill) come with Leather seats?
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The cushioning you assosciate with the astra's rear seat is missing in the optra...The optra feels like a hard/ stiff suspension at the rear. It is comfortable but I feel not as much as an Astra.
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Back to square one. Dont they make a car as comfotable as an Astra or Old Honda City and in the same size anymore?
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i didnt find the OHC all that comfy man not even close to the astra...the vtec had a pathetic ride owing to its stiffer suspension setup..

there arent many options in that segment .. you have the lancer in that segment, but then they dont offer leather and the posh goodies..
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Old 13th August 2005, 17:54   #22
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true the OHC is not as comfy as the astra but the NHC bounces more so that is really what my sister is trying to avoid. Her needs are:
car that does not bounce like the NHC and smaller than a corolla/octy/optra/elantra
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Optra it is! IF not, how about the Skoda TDi? I'm sure you'll agree with me on the Ride part & its just marginally larger.
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You should be able to get hold of a brand new 'old' Sonata well within your budget since the model is an outgoing one. Very comfortable and you'll able to get a good bargain from Hyundai.
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You should be able to get hold of a brand new 'old' Sonata well within your budget since the model is an outgoing one. Very comfortable and you'll able to get a good bargain from Hyundai.
Yet, the ride of old sonata is not as good
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Old 13th August 2005, 20:42   #26
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and the sonata is huge. i mahaged to squeeze my octy into her garage but she wont have the patience so she would prefer something a touch smaller (she can manage her OHC ok). The Optra is a touch smaller so i hear. anyway my sis if off to the US for 2 months so ew have time for this. any new models that will be on the street between now and december?
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this is a no brainer.....

Chevorlet Optra it is..!

.. or go for two Indigo TDis..

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anyway my sis if off to the US for 2 months so ew have time for this. any new models that will be on the street between now and december?
The new Ford should be out by then, I guess. Still dont know if its going to be an Ikon replacement (which is what it is and should be) or pegged at a higher level. Ikon's backseat was pretty good for a car of that size, so this one should continue in that vein, though on a slightly bigger car.
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The new Ford should be out by then, I guess. Still dont know if its going to be an Ikon replacement (which is what it is and should be) or pegged at a higher level.
it has been speculated that Ford will continue to sell Ikon & the new car at a higher segment

if talking backseat why not go with latest Indigo GSX (?)
Indigo has pretty good backseat (coming from an ASTRA owner ) & the latest one brings DVD player & few other goodies
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hey how about the HM Avigo? best rear seats in the business..leather, alloys ,fancy retro look ..i think its quite a trend setter..
i was at tthe GM showroom today, the corsa ELITE offers amazing interiors man....damn thing looks real posh from the inside...
i test drove the optra again ... got a ride in the rear seat too ...the seats felt a bit stiff (car had done like 800 kms) overall i think it has a decent ride (coming from a corsa owner ) tons of leg room ...
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