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So Yaris vs Swift vs Jazz vs Picanto vs Getz?
Personally I've driven the last three, I've ridden on the Swift, I have sat in the Yaris' cabin. For the Koreans, I like the Picanto more than the Getz. The Getz I drove was the CRDi version, and that diesel engine takes getting used to. The surge of torque requires adjusting how you shift. The Picanto on the other hand seems more suited to its powerplant. Both interiors are surprisingly roomy (I should know). Fit and finish are about the same, better than you expect but still reflective of their price bracket. The Picanto is more fun to drive. The short wheelbase makes it agile and easy to maneuver. Did I say it was fun to drive?
As for the Jazz, I haven't driven the latest 1.5L variant. But the first 1.3L was also loads of fun. Even the thumb shifters on the steering wheel are fun, never mind that the power is far from racing spec. Nevertheless there's enough power to put a smile on your face, and isn't that what's important? The looks are a love it or hate it. If you love it then seriously consider the Jazz because it means you'll be choosing a car you really want, not a conclusion you came to after weighing pros and cons. There's nothing wrong with subjective comparison, but there's something special about buying a car because it's what you want. Of course it's your money...
The Swift is also a very good looking car. I spoke to a guy from a dealer recently and they said they can't keep them in the showroom long enough. I don't blame them. Swift has a knack of pulling out a very cool small car from their hat every now and then. The Swift looks like the Japanese version of the mini. But because of the high demand, Suzuki took the bottom line approach and priced it just a little out of its bracket. In other words, they know they have a cool car on their hands. The disappointing thing is the inside of the car fails to live up to its exciting exterior. And it wouldn't hurt to lower the price...
The Yaris has the most potential. Our family has a Toyota Echo, its predecessor, and it is one of the best cars I've owned, nay driven. We've always waited for the Echo to return, and now that it has (in an alternate name) we can't wait to drive it for real. Well the rest of us anyway, Drew got to drive it way back for his feature the lucky bastard. Going back, the Yaris has the engine - the energetic and fuel efficient powerplant found in the Echo and Vios -, the looks, and the interior to be a winner. And the price, while not bargain basement cheap, seems fair for what it offers. If they bring in the TRD version we'll unanimously vote it Car of the Year.
My advice? Narrow your choice to two, then drive both. Go to your dealer and ask for a test drive. Any casa should be willing to accommodate you. If you can wait we'll be doing a test drive soon.
Did I miss anything? Whew. Just post if you have any more questions.
Thanks for the support.