Check the cars our readers would ask Santa Claus for Christmas!

After we have asked our readers, both in Portuguese and in English, to choose which car they would like to have under their Christmas tree, we have had a very good deal of participation, but only from Portuguese speaking readers. Anyway, their answers show nicely which are the cars that are driving more attention and desire among the ones that visit this website. And here is what they would be able to keep running if they had the chance to ask Santa Claus:


1 – VW up! TSI


This car is a Brazilian exclusive version. It is 10 cm bigger than the European up!, at 3.64 m long, and uses a 1.0 TSI flex engine that produces 77 kW with ethanol and 74 kW with petrol. It is clearly not a sports car, although VW still has some guys at their marketing department that want to stick a “sports car” badge to anything that uses a turbocharger. Our readers do not fall into this trap and are able to see the car for the qualities it truly bears.

The TSI is one of the most fuel-saving cars sold in Brazil and tends not to present a lot of trouble in terms of reliability. It is the choice of Angelito because “it unites fun and practicality at a price the average Brazilian would be able to afford”. Lavoro, another one of our readers, would ask something else, but did not have patience to wait for Santa and has bought a up! TSI by his own means. Fantasma do Espaço says he is still waiting for his Sega Mega Drive 16 Bits…

The up! TSI is sold in Brazil for at least R$ 44,790, in the move up! trim, what would convert to 10,300 euros, 400 euros less than VW charges for the equivalent 3.54 m up! in Germany. But the Brazilian version does not offer ESP not even as an option, while the European up! offers it as standard equipment.


2 – Renault Sandero RS 2.0


Another Brazilian exclusive product, the Sandero RS 2.0 is the first Renault Sport vehicle produced in South America. It costs R$ 58,880, or around 13,600 euros. It would be the choice of XRS250 for the same reason pointed out by Angelito with a single difference: this is a sports car, with its 110 kW produced by a naturally aspirated 2.0 four-cylinder engine.


3 – Citroën DS3


A DS3 costs R$ 82,490, or 19,000 euros in Brazil. Its only engine option is the 1.6 THP pumping out 121 kW. In Europe, the same car, already restyled and in the Sport Chic trim, the cheapest one available in Brazil, costs 24,150 euros, or over 5,000 euros more. Even being cheaper, it is still very expensive for Brazilian pockets. And this is why Lavoro has chosen a up! TSI instead of the car of his dreams. If only Santa really existed…


4 – Ford Belina II


Our reader Kowalski would only buy a car if it was an used one, due to the economic crisis in Brazil. And he would choose a long forgotten, but still cherished car body, a station wagon. And his choice would fall over a 1980’s Belina II, a car Ford has produced only in Brazil. The Belina and its sedan version, the Corcel, were the most successful cars with ethanol only engines. According to Kowalski, it is roomy and easy to keep working, all he currently needs of a car.

5 – VW Kombi “Little Owl”


If Santa Claus provided for everything besides the car, Japonês Voador would feel divided among a Puma GT (Brazilian classic car, also sold in South Africa and exported to Europe), a Fiat 500 Abarth, a first generation Honda NSX or an Autozam AZ-1, but times are tough. He also needs a roomy vehicle, just like Kowalski, but even more classic than the Ford Belina. Japonês wants a VW T1, more frequently called Kombi, in Brazil. Especially this model, nicknamed “Little Owl”, due to its front end, that reminds us of this bird. One of these, already being considered a classic car, is getting higher prices everyday and cannot be considered cheap any more. Maybe a rusty one, but not even those, nowadays.


6 – 250 cm³ scooter


Angelito would have chosen a VW up! TSI or a Renault Sandero RS 2.0. If he currently had the means to keep them. Since he doesn’t, he would be happy with a 250 cm³ scooter, such as the Yamaha Majesty you see in the picture above (not sold in Brazil). A bigger motorcycle would be even better, but he does not want to push his luck with Santa…


7 – A moped


Gustavo Segamarchi will leave nothing to chance. If he can only ask Santa Claus something he will be able to keep, a moped is the sure choice in this bad moment of the country. Legs will never fail him!

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.

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