Three cars for mom

By Drum Digital
23 March 2014

Most moms know that a large part of the day is spent driving kids around. We recommend three excellent choices when choosing a new car.

Opel Meriva 1,4T Enjoy


Opel’s new Meriva first made its appearance in South Africa last year and is one of the most modern and practical cars in its class. The rear doors, which open in the opposite direction to the front doors, make it much easier to get in and out and to load larger items. In addition, the back seats can be folded flat or moved around in various ways. The Meriva, which comes with various standard features, is a safe car and its turbo-petrol engine and easy handling make it a pleasure to drive.

  • PRICE R253 800
  • ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE 1,4-litre turbo-petrol; 103 kW; 200 Nm
  • LUGGAGE AREA 400-920 litres
  • SAFETY ABS; airbags in front and in the roof
  • WARRANTY Five years/unlimited km
  • SERVICE PLAN Five years/90 000 km

Kia Soul 1,6


The Soul is what Kia calls an “urban crossover vehicle”. And it’s right on the money as family transport: its appearance is striking, there’s plenty of room inside thanks to its vertical measurements, and it’s well equipped with features such as Bluetooth so you can use your cellphone without taking your hands off the steering wheel. You sit a bit higher than in a conventional car and all-round visibility is good. The build quality is good and the dark shade of the upholstery won’t stain easily.

  • PRICE R216 995
  • ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE 1,6-litre petrol; 95 kW; 157 Nm
  • LUGGAGE AREA 222-700 litres
  • SAFETY ABS; airbags in front and on the sides
  • WARRANTY Five years/100 000 km
  • SERVICE PLAN Four years/90 000 km

Nissan Livina X-Gear Acenta


The Livina X-Gear might be a little older but it’s a stalwart. And looking around, there’s enough evidence of how many families find its price tag attractive. The car has all the most important comfort features such as air conditioning, power steering and electric windows. It’s spacious and, although the interior isn’t hypermodern, the Livina X-Gear is practical and well-built. It feels as if it will give you years of faithful service.

  • PRICE R208 800
  • ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE 1,6-litre petrol; 80 kW; 153 Nm
  • LUGGAGE AREA 383-769 litres
  • SAFETY ABS; airbags in front
  • WARRANTY Three years/100 000 km
  • SERVICE PLAN Three years/70 000 km

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