In terms of features, the base model Corolla Ascent we're testing is well equipped with a host of goodies and safety kit. Highlights include electrically operated windows and side mirrors, air-conditioning with pollen filter, Bluetooth hands-free phone and music capability with USB input, trip computer, telescopic and tilt steering wheel adjustment, remote central locking key and CD player with six speakers.
i have lived in the uk for years. and yes, insurance could be expensive but road tax is cheaper especially for vehicles with bigger engines. the price for the bmw 535i m-sport in the uk is around rm 200k. spec-wise, if you buy outright new it could be costly once everything adds up. however, there are a lot of things which is not noticed or experienced by malaysians. for example, prices between different dealers and districts vary and often they would give special discounts or throw in free options such as free navigation or metallic paint to sweeten the deal. other than that, the uk car market is a very large one with pre-owned cars (these however usually end up as grey imports in countries like malaysia, thailand and singapore). what is bad about the uk car market is that used car value are really terrible. just 3 years down and you would be smiling if you manage to retain 25% of the vehicle’s values. however, based on a rough calculation, the cheaper car price still offsets the benefits of cheaper fuel. it takes around 20 years to justify the benefits of cheaper fuel over cheaper car price.