Automobile as comfort food
I love the occasional night out in a chic restaurant—the experience as much a feast for the soul as the food is for the body. But as a steady diet? No thanks, too rich and too much effort.
After back-to-back press events, transatlantic flights and thousands of kilometres spent driving, the last thing I want is the pretentious ceremony of endless plates of tiny, perfect art food served by snotty young people dressed in black.
That's when the quiet sanctity of my room beckons—nice, loose track pants and comfort food, preferably a sandwich eaten with one hand while I contentedly surf the net with the other.
It's the same way with cars.
Oh, I do love the exotic two-seaters, and one or two of the Autobahn-bred coupes fill my soul with a passion bordering on lust. My week-long alliances with some of the finest-bred driving machines on the planet remain forever imprinted on my heart. But maintaining that image would be exhausting.
My downtime usually involves throwing my saddle into the trunk, twisting my hair into a scrunchy and heading to the country. Essence of horse is not a good thing in a hand-stitched leather interior.
Practical hatchbacks dovetail perfectly with my lifestyle, with voluminous cargo space, interiors that easily sweep clean and gas consumption that fits within my meagre budget. Nissan's Versa 1.8 SL is the automotive equivalent of comfort food, endlessly accommodating and utterly unobtrusive. It's a car that contentedly putters drama-free, far beneath the radar.
Outwardly, the Versa's styling is rather unremarkable. If it lacks the beautifully-sculpted lines of Hyundai's Accent, the anime oddness of the Honda Fit or the stylish sportiness of the Mazda2, it's certainly more attractive than the amorphous, dated blobs that constitute the Chevy Aveo and Toyota Yaris.
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