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Four in a hundred: the cheapest cars in Israel, head to head - voila! vehicle

2023-01-13T12:15:16.386Z


Toyota Aygo X, Hyundai i10, Mitsubishi Space Star and Kia Picanto: who is the best mini car in Israel?


The most handsome Aigo, with Japanese allusions.

A two-tone color greatly upgrades the Hyundai (photo: Walla! system, Kenan Cohen)

This is what remains: these are the last four new cars that can still be purchased in Israel today for less than NIS 100,000: Kia Picanto, Hyundai i10, Mitsubishi Space Star and Toyota Aygo X in the base version.

The production of the Chevrolet Spark has been stopped and the automatic Suzuki Ignis is already approaching NIS 110,000.

After the reduction of tax benefits and additional price increases by the manufacturers, mini cars are going up today like Super Mini cars did only two years ago.

The electric Lip Motor TO3 will indeed set you back NIS 100 more than NIS 100,000, but without active safety systems, it is currently a separate vehicle.



In the era of the high cost of living, Israelis are attacking them: in 2022, 25 thousand Mini cars were sold here, with the Kia Picanto (13 thousand delivered) occupying half of the market and becoming for the third time the car sold in Israel.

The Hyundai i10 twin that shares a platform, engine and gearbox with the Kia was the second best seller (4,800), ahead of the old Mitsubishi Space Star launched back in 2012 (3,600) and the Toyota Aygo launched ten years after it (2,100 deliveries).



They are cheap (relatively!), easy to drive and park, a popular purchase as a first vehicle or as an additional vehicle at home.

From the Levi Yitzhak and Waid 2 price list data that we revealed, it appears that they are also in great demand as used cars: Picanto and i10 increased in value last year by 10% instead of decreasing like the other used cars.

Spark rose by 11%.



But which of the new minis is the best?

We went out to check.

Iago.

The most modern driver's environment here (photo: Walla! system, Kenan Cohen)

Adding local multimedia fails to obscure the Mitsubishi's age (photo: Walla! system, Keinan Cohen)

Kia.

A relatively high-quality and pleasant driver's environment (photo: Walla! system, Kenan Cohen)

Hyundai.

Better quality and design than the Kia (Photo: Walla! System, Keinan Cohen)

Design:

Aygo is the best-looking car here, adopting features of Jeep, especially in the top trim level that comes with 17-inch rims that are relatively huge for a small car, but in the event of a collision, you will have to pay an exorbitant price for the special tire, if you even get one.



The Hyundai i10 is very handsome, especially in the test version with the black roof.

The Picanto stands out less externally, mainly because we have already managed to get used to it with tens of thousands of cars on the road.

The Mitsubishi won the latest facelift for a new and handsome front that manages to obscure its advanced age a bit.



Driver's environment: The

Ego is also impressive when sitting in the driver's seat.

The multimedia display is in an interesting oval and the dashboard incorporates a digital display.

But a second look reveals the compromises made to cheapen production: exposed metal on the doors in the exterior color, rear windows that open slightly to the side and do not go up and down.


The i10 continues to earn points here with a driver environment that is somewhat reminiscent of Mercedes models, with a multimedia screen located on the same surface as the dashboard, and 3D games on the dashboard.

The design is more mature and higher quality than the Toyota.



The Mitsubishi shows its age again with a lower quality of materials, a locally installed multimedia screen designed to rejuvenate the aged driver's environment.

But it's not working.

Want to switch between the road computer windows?

Put your hand away and press a button at the bottom of the dashboard, without operation from the steering wheel or the multimedia screen.

The Toyota is very cramped in the back seat, and small doors make it difficult to access it (photo: Walla! system, Kenan Cohen)

The rear seat of the Mitsubishi is narrower than the Korean one, but the knee space is similar (photo: Walla! system, Kenan Cohen)

The Kia is wider at the back than the Mitsubishi, an adult can sit here in reasonable comfort (photo: Keinan Cohen)

The Hyundai has the most spacious rear seat among the four (Photo: Kenan Cohen)

Rear seat:

Kia and Hyundai have the same seat width (1.23 meters), but the Hyundai has slightly more knee and head room.

The Mitsubishi is slightly narrower (1.21 meters) but its knee and headroom are similar to those of the Hyundai, which again shows its age: the Spice Star was originally launched as a supermini, but since then the minis have grown and caught up with its size.



The rear seat of the Toyota is the narrowest (1.1 meters), and the seat itself is the shortest.

The Toyota also has the smallest rear doors, which make it difficult to get in and out, and overshadow the back seat with small windows.

Not only is the Toyota's trunk the smallest, its opening is also the narrowest (Photo: Walla! System, Kenan Cohen)

Here, too, the Mitsubishi is smaller than the Koreans.

It was launched as a Super Mini, but after a decade, the Minis overtook it (Photo: Walla! System, Keinan Cohen)

The Hyundai has a little more volume and the loading opening is also bigger (photo: Walla! system, Kenan Cohen)

Kia has the largest trunk (photo: Walla! system, Kenan Cohen)

Trunk:

Aygo also has the smallest trunk (231 liters of volume), and its loading threshold is the highest, so you'll have to make more of an effort to lift packages into it, and it's the only one without a spare wheel.

The trunk of the Kia is the largest (255 liters), slightly more than that of the Hyundai (252 liters) and by a larger margin than the Mitsubishi (235 liters).



Accessories:

The basic iGo X Pure (NIS 96,000) comes with standard 17-inch rims, an 8-inch touch screen, a reverse camera, and connection to Apple Car Play or Android Auto.

The Pulse version (101,000 s.h.) upgrades to light rims, changing gears from the steering wheel, fog lights and two-tone paint.



The basic Hyundai i10 Inspire (NIS 87,000) comes with 14-inch iron rims, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple Car Player and Android Auto, for a cell phone and a reverse camera.

The Prime version (NIS 91,000) upgrades to light 15-inch rims, and the tested Superim (NIS 93,000) comes with light 16-inch rims, two-tone body paint, climate control, fog lights, and turn-by-turn lighting.



The basic Kia Picanto LX version (NIS 92.9 thousand) includes an 8-inch screen, control from the steering wheel, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a reverse camera.

The EX version (NIS 93,000) upgrades to climate control, keyless entry and drive, rear parking sensors and light 15-inch rims.

The GT-Line (NIS 94,000) adds a sporty steering wheel, leather upholstery, electrically folding mirrors and a sun window.



The basic Mitsubishi Space Star InStyle (NIS 84,000) comes with a simple stereo and 14-inch steel rims.

The mid-range supercar (NIS 85,000) upgrades to light 15-inch rims, a 9-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a reverse camera.

The premium (NIS 92,000) adds keyless drive, fabric upholstery combined with leather, LED headlights and heated side mirrors, and standard cruise control.



Safety:

they all have an autonomous emergency braking system up to around 80 km/h, but the Hyundai and the Toyota are also equipped with a lane-departure steering wheel. The Picanto (and the base Mitsubishi) does not have an automatic transition from high beams to normal, and the i10 has a warning of a vehicle in front that starts to drive, which reminds the driver to hit the gas. The Toyota is the only one with adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert. The Mitsubishi and Kia have 4 out of 5 stars in the European crash test, but in lenient versions of the past. The Hyundai (3 stars) and Toyota (4) passed a more stringent test.

The Mitsubishi and the Toyota do not shake when shifting gears, but they are noisy and unpleasant with effort (photo: Walla! system, Audi Etzion)

Performance and gearboxes:

all have simple petrol engines, no turbo.

1.2 liters in the Mitsubishi (71 hp), 1.2 in the Hyundai (84 hp) and 1.25 in the Kia (84 hp), with the Mitsubishi having a 3-cylinder unit and the Koreans with 4 cylinders. The Toyota has a 1-liter engine, with 72 hp "S, 3 cylinders as well.

The Picanto and the i10 have a single-clutch, 5-speed robotic box, the Spice Star and the iago a continuous automatic.


Robotic boxes tend to shake when shifting low gears.

Those of the Kia and the Hyundai are more pleasant than such previous boxes, with the Hyundai the transfers are smoother, at the expense of a slower transfer, which hurts the performance.

Kia shifts earlier, was the fastest here, and we will soon get to another advantage that the box gives it.

For those who are sensitive to these jolts, in the Mitsubishi and Toyota the shifts are smooth, at the expense of the noise level, in both, but they are slower.



Comfort and road behavior:

The Hyundai is the most comfortable here, and with better steering.

It is also the quietest and has successful road behavior, and the best body control in turns.

The Kia is more frantic and slightly less comfortable.

The Toyota handles small bumps well, but a stiff suspension calibration makes it less pleasant over deceleration lanes and larger potholes, but its road holding and body roll control in turns, despite being highest here.

The Mitsubishi is simply not comfortable on any road, its level of grip is the lowest and the steering is the least accurate.



Fuel consumption:

Toyota was the most economical, both in the intercity cruise (19 kml) and in the summary of the day (16 kml).

Kia was second, with 17.2 and 14.7 kmpl, respectively. The Hyundai recorded 16.6 kmpl in cruise and 14.5 in total, and the Mitsubishi 16.9 in cruise and 14.3 kmpl at the end of the day.

Even behind the design of the Toyota is the most invested (photo: Walla! system, Audi Etzion)

The bottom line: the

Mitsubishi enjoys a successful reputation for reliability, is in demand as a used car and its transmission is smooth.

It is also the cheapest here.

But it is also noisy, uncomfortable, and outdated in every aspect.


The Toyota is a solution for those who do not use the back seat, and put the emphasis on design and higher seating.

For those who need a second car for the family, or even the first car at home, the Koreans will be a better solution.


Picanto is more economical, and a bit sportier in character, although there is nothing sporty about a mini automatic.

But the i10 is better than it in most areas, comfortable, modern and gives the feeling of a more expensive car, which is why it wins the test.



Participated in the test: Yoel Schwartz and Ezri Levy


Shlomo Sixt assisted in performing the test

On the technical side: Hyundai i10

Price (base/test):

NIS 87,000/NIS 93,000


We liked:

design, space, road behavior, comfort


We didn't like:

despite the improvement, the gear shift is still not completely smooth



Score:

8.5/10




Engine, drive:

1,197 cc, gasoline , front


Power (hp) / torque (kgm):

12/84


Gearbox:

robotic, 5 gears



Dimensions:


Length (m):

3.67


Width (m):

1.68


Height (m):

1.48


Base Wheels (m):

2.425


Trunk (liters):

252



Performance (manufacturer):


0-100 acceleration (seconds):

15.8


Maximum speed (km/h):

171


Fuel consumption:

16.9 km/l


Fuel consumption (test):

14.5 kmL Notable



equipment:


8-inch multimedia screen, light rims, turn signals in the mirror



Safety:


European crash test score: 3 out of 5 stars



Active safety:


Lane departure correction, autonomous emergency braking



Air pollution:


142 grams of C02 per km, pollution level 9 out of 15



Warranty:


3 years or 100 thousand km

On the technical side: Kia Picanto

Price (base/test):

NIS 93,000


We liked:

cabin design, road behavior, fuel consumption


We didn't like:

the box shakes more than the Hyundai, which is also more spacious



Score:

8/10




Engine, drive:

1,197 cc, gasoline, front


Power (hp) / torque (kgm):

12/84


Gearbox:

robotic, 5 gears



Dimensions:


Length (m):

3.595


Width (m):

159.5


Height (m):

1.485


Wheelbase ( m):

2.40


Trunk (liters):

255



Performance (manufacturer):


0-100 acceleration (seconds):

15.7


Maximum speed (km/h):

172


Fuel consumption:

16.9 km/l


Fuel consumption (test):

14.5 kmL Notable



equipment:


8-inch multimedia screen, light rims, keyless entry and drive



Safety:


European crash test score: 4 out of 5 stars



Active safety:


lane departure correction, autonomous emergency braking



Air pollution :


148 grams of C02 per km, pollution level 9 out of 15



Warranty:


3 years or 100 thousand km for the vehicle, 7 years or 150 thousand shekels for the engine and gearbox when purchased from the importer

On the technical side: Toyota Aygo X

Price (base/test):

NIS 96,000/NIS 101,000


We liked:

design, high seating, safety accessories, economical


We didn't like:

very cramped in the back seat and trunk



Score:

7.5/10



Engine, drive:

998 cc, gasoline, Front


Power (hp) / torque (kgm):

9.5/74


Gearbox:

continuous automatic



Dimensions:


length (m):

3.70


width (m):

1.74


height (m):

1.525


wheelbase (m '):

243


Trunk (liters):

231



Performance (manufacturer):


0-100 acceleration (seconds):

14.8


Maximum speed (km/h):

151


Fuel consumption:

20.4 km/l


Fuel consumption (test):

16 kmL Notable



equipment:


8-inch multimedia screen, light rims



Safety:


European crash test score: 4 out of 5 stars



Active safety:


Lane departure correction, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, traffic alert Crossing an intersection



Air pollution:


113 g C02 per km, pollution level 4 out of 15



Warranty:


3 years or 100 thousand km

On the technical side: Mitsubishi Space Star

Price (base/test):

NIS 84,000/NIS 89,000


We liked:

smooth gear shifting, still relatively economical, cheap


We didn't like:

noisy, uncomfortable, less good road grip



Score:

7/10




Engine, drive:

1,197 cc , gasoline, front


power (hp) / torque (kgm):

10.4/71


transmission:

automatic continuous



dimensions:


length (m):

3.845


width (m):

1.665


height (m):

1.505


base Wheels (m):

2.45


Trunk (liters):

235



Performance (manufacturer):


0-100 acceleration (seconds):

15.8


Maximum speed (km/h): 163


Fuel consumption:

18.1 km/l


Fuel consumption (test):

14.3 kml Notable



equipment:


9-inch multimedia screen, rear spoiler



Safety:


European crash test score: 4 out of 5 stars in 2012



Active safety:


No



air pollution:


125 g C02 per km, pollution level 5 out of 15



Warranty:


3 years or 100 thousand km

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Source: walla

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