Tiida of great joy?

I noticed a car I didn't recognise at the local branch of Arnold Clark yesterday, and stopped to take a look. It was a Nissan Tiida hatchback, of whose existence I was previously unaware. The car looked quite nice, was a delivery mileage 09 registration, and was priced at £9,999 - apparently a saving of £8,200+ on the new price. What is you opinion of this car? Is it worth £9,999? And, given that it appears to be a normal hatchback about the size of a Skoda Fabia, why is the official price £18,000+? I'm curious as to how there can even be an official new price, when there is no such vehicle in the new car lists in Auto Express, for example.

Asked on 11 July 2009 by

Answered by Honest John
It's a fairly nondescript little car based on the Renault Clio platform and should really be put in the same category as the Dacia Logan. The price being quoted is the Irish price with massive Irish registration tax and VAT. Obviously if this is avoided the car can be a lot cheaper. But I wouldn't pay £9,999 for one when you can get a Hyundai i30 1.4ES with a 5 year warranty for less.
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