The Sylphy is bigger all round, the Belta is basic motoring
6 months ago, 20 June 10:12
Thank you for the good work you are doing, teaching us about motoring. I really appreciate your free advice.
I am planning to buy my first car in the next few weeks. I have done a lot of research about different cars but am kind of getting confused with all the information out there. Anyway, I have settled on a saloon, preferably a Toyota Belta or Bluebird Sylphy.
I have all the information about these cars which I read online but I would like your expert opinion on which one is superior. Cost is not an issue.
On a different note, do I have to understand everything about cars before I hit the road or is just knowing how to drive enough? My online research has taught me that a car is a very complex machine and that the most interesting part of it is not covered in driving school. I even engaged some mechanics and was shocked to realise that they do not know everything about cars.
What is your opinion sir?
Howdy Baba Mike,
I have to ask: exactly what kind of research were you doing that failed to produce a satisfactory result to your quandary? The answer to your question is very obvious: the Sylphy is superior, and by quite a margin.
The Sylphy is bigger inside and out, and that by itself gives it an automatic victory. It also has bigger engines available, and is generally better resolved as a vehicle.
The Belta is the Piltdown Man: the missing link between cage-like three-wheeled rickshaws and legitimate four-wheeled motor vehicles like the Sylphy (this is disregarding homemade aberrations like Mike Oscar Bravo).
The Belta is rudimentary motoring at a breadline price; and it should cost a lot less than it actually does – this is where implied brand equity rears its ugly head again and half the outlay you put down on a car is accounted for by the badge festooning the grille and steering wheel boss.
You cannot lay claim to any accolade beyond "cheap AF" if your genetic predecessor is the Platz; you just can't.
The Sylphy, on the other hand, is aspirational; it gave the Nissan engineers hope. You can see they were trying to achieve A Class hedonism on a Sunny budget and almost making it, almost getting there before discovering that they, perhaps need slightly higher cylinder pressures for better torque and a more commanding exhaust note, and higher quality dashboard plastics that do not melt in bright sunlight.
It is easy to feel bad for the Sylphy, but in a lopsided matchup such as your comparison, domination falls easily to hand. Bravo Nissan! You don't need our pity this time round! Give all your saloon cars GTR interiors and win the game already! ...or not.
Anyway, the car also gave its buyers and fans hope: it does look like the business if you don't stare at it too closely. It looks upper-crust even, in the half-light of ...
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