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THE Perodua Kenari was originally the Daihatsu Move and the Japanese company sold the production gear to the Malaysian brand.

When new it was the cheapest car in Britain and if you want something that's small and versatile with excellent economy and low emissions don't buy anything else until you've tried one.

One of my neighbours has had one for some years and it has never let him down, even accomplishing hundreds of miles in a day without problems.

There are basically two specifications of the same five door, 1.0-litre model - the GX and the better equipped EZ, which is even available with an automatic gearbox.

They are wonderful in town - the vertical rear end, short length and tight turning circle making them a doddle to park anywhere.

Acceleration, because the body is so light, is quicker than you might think and they never feel short of puff in town.

Comfort is reasonable and they can handle long hauls, but light weight and high sides mean they are susceptible to crosswinds.

Even GX models come with power steering, electric windows and central locking, but there is no steering column or seat height adjustment, so make sure it fits you and anyone else who will be driving.

All have enough room for four adults in comfort, but with all seats in use, there is only a tiny amount of luggage space.


Price: Pay about £1,850 for an '08 08-reg GX, or £2,900 for a '10 10-reg EZ automatic

Mechanical: 54bhp, 989cc, 3cyl petrol engine driving the front wheels via 5-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 87mph

0-62mph: 15.8 seconds

Combined MPG: 50

Insurance Group: 6

C02 emissions: 136g/km