By Jeff Osborne, Gumtree Autos
At a pinch, almost any car will do for a school run (and for all the other parenting chores) but there are some vehicles which are definitely more suited to being a Mom’s Taxi.
A compact 5-door hatchback is ideal when it’s combined with solid safety features, a comfortable ride, good fuel economy and, hopefully, a dash of style and a hint of zip.
Our Top Five pre-owned Mom’s Taxis come in under R170k. They’re all two-year-old models and they’re all finalists in their category for the 2019 Gumtree Autos Pre-Owned Awards. Each of them offers an excellent balance of price and performance combined with great resale value.
BEST MOM’S TAXIS UNDER R170K
2017 Ford Fiesta 1.4 Trend (5dr).
Even in its older generation form, the Fiesta still offers a superb drive – it’s comfortable and has great handling. The 1.4-litre Ecoboost engine is punchy enough, although not the quickest.
2017 Hyundai Grand I101.25 Fluid.
The 2017 styling still seems fresh and the Hyundai Grand is a good all-rounder with decent economy and more space than you would expect.
2017 Mazda 2 1.5 Active (5dr).
The Mazda 2 certainly offers value for money with an excellent interior and standard features up there with the best. The 1.5-litre engine delivers good performance and frugal fuel economy.
2017 Renault Sandero 900T Stepway Dynamique.
The Sandero Stepway has a touch of off-road presence with its increased ride height. It’s spacious and offers a handsome list of standard features. The 900cc Turbocharged engine is very economical.
2017 Toyota Etios 1.5XS Sprint(5dr)
The XS version of the Etios offers the largest capacity engine in this class, which means great performance, plus there’s the usual Toyota reliability and good resale value.
The winners of the Gumtree Autos Pre-Owned Awards will be revealed on 29 October 2019.