The new Nissan Pixo may sound like a mythical creature that lives at the bottom of your garden, but it is actually a great value little run-around. The Pixie, I mean Pixo, is a pint-sized city car that is listed in Motoring.co.uk's database from only £6,995. Pretty cheap for a brand new vehicle.Now, the Pixo's cost cutting tendencies continue once you take possession. The 1.0-litre 67bhp engine averages 64mpg and has rock bottom emissions of 103g/km, so it sits in road tax band B/£20. As well as being economical the Pixo offers cash conscious owners reasonable performance. Sixty miles-per-hour approaches in 13.6 seconds and it is capable of 96mph – perhaps more if you push it off a cliff. Driving the new Pixo is virtually effortless in town as its tiny dimensions, and excellent visibility, make manoeuvring easier than catching fish in a pond. The handling is perfectly suited to urban work as the steering is lighter than a super model, and the five-speed manual transmission is slick. Unfortunately, life is not so cosy on faster roads where the lack of refinement hints at the Pixo's low price. Best stick to short trips, then. This Japanese city car is available with three specifications. The Visia has five doors, twin air-bags, power steering, anti-lock brakes, and a CD player for whichever 'banging tunes' mythical creatures like. The Acenta adds side air-bags and electric windows, and the range topping Tekna has electronic stability control and air-conditioning. Irritatingly, all models are stuck with a tiny boot which, at 129 litres, feels smaller than a DL envelope. Still, never mind. The Pixo's low running costs, creditable build quality, reasonably cabin space, and decent specification should ensure Nissan is on to a winner. Right, I am off to the bottom of the garden – I think Queen Pixie is moving into my shed.
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