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Britain's Cheapest Power-Steered Car

Tue, 15 Jan 2002
£5,425 is all it costs to be on the road in PerOdua's cheap and cheerful replacement for the popular Nippa.

The new PerOdua Kelisa boasts a mass of improvements including the 55PS 3-cylinder twin-cam 12-valve 989cc engine from the Kenari and also the Kenari's power steering.

It may be tiny, but it has five doors, five gears, driver and passenger airbags, side impact protection, seat belt pretensioners, child locks in the rear doors, engine immobiliser, folding rear seat and tailgate wash/wipe all as standard. There is also a deluxe GX version at £5,925 on the road with a year's VED and a three speed automatic EZ at £6,745. All prices include a two year 24,000 mile manufacturer warranty.

Like the power-steered Daewoo Matiz, this is an excellent car for the elderly, combining small size with low price and low running costs.

Dimensions of the 5-door are: length 3,480mm (11 ft 5in); width 1,490mm (4 ft 11in), and the turning circle is just 8.6 metres (28ft 2in) so no problems getting it into the garage. Weight is a mere 760kg. Insurance is Group 3A and they don't come much cheaper than that.

Power output is 55PS at 5,200rpm with 88.3Nm (65 lb ft) torque at 3,600rpm. 0-60 is quoted at 14.8 seconds (the same as the new Fiesta diesel), top speed is 88 mph, Euro combined mpg 64.2 (better than the new Fiesta diesel) and CO2 emissions 121g/km (£100pa VED). 0-60 of the 3-speed automatic is 17.2 seconds, top speed 87mph, Euro combined mpg 48.7 and CO2 emissions 253g/km (£120pa VED).

In addition to the standard equipment of the EX model, the GX and EZ have electric front windows, central door locking, front cup holders, coin holders, two tone cloth upholstery, body colour bumpers and the option of metallic paint at no extra cost.

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