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Old 27-06-2018   #16
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If you think the 1.2 is gutless then youíre missing the point somewhat. Firstly itís the most economical engine in the range and secondly you can more than easily keep up with traffic.
It's my opinion that's all, if people buy a 1.2 they will find out for themselves.
My wife has a 1.2 Lounge, she says she prefers my twinair to drive.
For me the 1.2 is not adequate for merging or pulling out of junctions if you need to be quick about it.
This is also my opinion.
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It's my opinion that's all, if people buy a 1.2 they will find out for themselves.
My wife has a 1.2 Lounge, she says she prefers my twinair to drive.
For me the 1.2 is not adequate for merging or pulling out of junctions if you need to be quick about it.
This is also my opinion.
Our 09 1.2 is fine and will go if you start off wanting rapid progress it's possible the Euro 6 cars are worse?
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Test drive both the 1.2 and twinair. You will see that the twinair is much more fun and has superior acceleration.
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If it was me... Vintage 57 just for the wheels... with the Twin-Air motore.


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after weeks of looking at cars i let hubby talk me into buying a local 2013 lounge 1.2, its a nice little car but i am still finding myself looking at all the special editions

I saw an anniversario in asda yesterday and it was stunning.

The lounge will be my starter 500 and if i find it works for me and the 2 kids then i'll upgrade it. Awaiting a wheelchair for my littlest one, and not sure that will fit in, but i can always take the main family car if i need to take her and the wheelchair anywhere
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The 1.2 is the pick of the bunch if you donít need your hair setting on fire.
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Re: which model to buy

I have a 156 GTA and Discovery Sport to use...my go to car every time is the 1.2s - perfect for city driving, no problems with traffic, small and compact.


If I was going to be using A roads or Motorways, then I'd like the extra bhp, but even the 1.2 is fine at motorway speeds, you just have to be sensible and on occasion, patient.


I like the simplicity of the 1.2 and long term reliability - if I wanted more power, I'd get myself a 595 comp....and I'd still keep the 1.2s !
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I have a 156 GTA and Discovery Sport to use...my go to car every time is the 1.2s - perfect for city driving, no problems with traffic, small and compact.


If I was going to be using A roads or Motorways, then I'd like the extra bhp, but even the 1.2 is fine at motorway speeds, you just have to be sensible and on occasion, patient.


I like the simplicity of the 1.2 and long term reliability - if I wanted more power, I'd get myself a 595 comp....and I'd still keep the 1.2s !
I donít get the complaints about the 1.2 tbh.

It does 70 or if youíre on a private road, just under 100...

Sure you donít get there quickly, when you do you just donít use the brakes.
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Quote Originally Posted by 306maxi View Post
The 1.2 is the pick of the bunch if you don’t need your hair setting on fire.

I'd agree.

As a daily driver, it's probably the most livable with. It's almost certainly the cheapest and most trouble-free to own and use, particularly if you're buying secondhand.

It's tempting to buy the car that has the most 'wow' factor on a test drive, but that can be a mistake; what you really should be looking for is how well the car is suited to the way you'll drive it most of the time. I remember test driving a Delta Integrale as a potential company car back in the day; it sure was fun and impressive, but I thought about how it'd handle a long motorway drive home on a busy Friday night, and chose a Granada instead. A colleague did get one, he loved it for the first couple of weeks, but then couldn't wait to be rid of it. Not helped by having an Ital estate as the pool car; that's what we got when ours was up on blocks, and the Lancia often was.
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i'm glad i went for the 1.2 in the end, i think the noise of the twin air would have driven me mad after a while. I've had 2 panda's in the 1.2 engine so i know its a good engine. I'll be going a mile or 2 to the local primary school and then the occasional motorway trip, but it'll mainly be a town car.

the car i went for is a really clean little one, was a hire car and then was driven by a young girl and you can tell she's looked after it.
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Quote Originally Posted by jrkitching View Post
I'd agree.

As a daily driver, it's probably the most livable with. It's almost certainly the cheapest and most trouble-free to own and use, particularly if you're buying secondhand.

It's tempting to buy the car that has the most 'wow' factor on a test drive, but that can be a mistake; what you really should be looking for is how well the car is suited to the way you'll drive it most of the time. I remember test driving a Delta Integrale as a potential company car back in the day; it sure was fun and impressive, but I thought about how it'd handle a long motorway drive home on a busy Friday night, and chose a Granada instead. A colleague did get one, he loved it for the first couple of weeks, but then couldn't wait to be rid of it. Not helped by having an Ital estate as the pool car; that's what we got when ours was up on blocks, and the Lancia often was.
I should be getting mine back on the road this weekend. Iíve missed it tbh. My BMW is a far far better car, but the 500 is fun for what it is.
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Ive got a twin air. My second. If I change my car again in the future I would always go for the twin air over a 1.2. Itís got more oomf about it than the 1.2 and suits my driving style better.
You really need to test drive both engines yourself though and you can make up your own mind as to which will suit you 🙂
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