Recently, on a run from Entebbe Airport, I decided to use the Kampala Entebbe Expressway just to enjoy the long drive with no music and generally, to clear my head. As I drove along, doing a respectable 100 km/hr, all I had for entertainment was the descent mighty sound of my straight six engine.
I had so much on my mind, a lot had been going on and choices had to be made where I didn’t want to. The long road ahead and speeding motorists flashing past me offered a therapeutic sensation and by the time I got to Kajjansi, I was feeling a lot better.
I didn’t take that exit, I continued and decided I’ll go all the way to Busega and join the northern bypass as I drove home. And this is when it happened!
I watched my speed, maintained 100 km/hr and decelerated whenever I realized I was going over. My car was due for service and I had a bad tyre. I was driving very cautiously. Out of nowhere, I saw a little thing in my rear view mirror. It was coming at me and coming fast.
As it got closer, it didn’t get bigger. The little thing kept coming at me and in a few seconds, it was visible. A Toyota Vitz. The racing driver in me, and my ego didn’t want that humiliation of being hilariously paced by a Vitz, so I engaged my “ECT PWR” and buried my foot.
We started climbing up those Kilometres and in a matter of seconds, we were at 110 km/hr. I decided given the overdue service and bad tyre, this was all the risk I was willing to take. My girl would kill me if I died – for real! She would. Impractical as it sounds.
I held it at 110 km/hr, but the little Vitz was still coming at me. I’d increased the gap, but I’d not stopped the inevitable. A few seconds later, the Vitz overtook me. I figured it must have been doing 120 km/hr. The driver and passengers appeared to be comfortable and the little bug didn’t appear to be stressing too much with the speed it was doing.
Given what I’d seen, the little guy has it within it to actually go fast if you would dare. It might take you a straight clear road to gain that speed, but eventually, you do. Plus, you only need that sort of speed once in a long while.
And this got me thinking? Could a Vitz be all the car one needs in Kampala?
First of all, the fact that you’re considering it, it’s what’s within your tax bracket, so yes, and it’s what you can afford.
Fuel economy; it’s truly unbeatable. Ranging from 1.0 – 1.5 Liter engines with VVTi, this little bug basically sips fuel and sometimes refuses to sip claiming it’s still full.
Ground Clearance; It’s not the most raised car but then again, it’s higher than a lot of cars that are becoming a youth’s favourite. On average, it’s comfortably above average.
Maintenance & Repair; It’s a Vitz, every gate in your neighbourhood has one, need I say more? It’s cheap in both aspects.
Comfort & Practicality; I’ve said this before if you own a Vitz, you don’t care for comfort at all. Your priority is practicality. In terms of luggage space, it’s not practical at all. In terms of passengers’ space, it’s still not practical. It’s only practical on fuel economy, and for many, that’s the biggest priority right now.
In conclusion; could a Vitz actually be all the car you need in Kampala? Financially, yes it is. With our traffic jam and poor roads, you won’t be speeding anywhere around the city, you’ll squeeze it into any parking space and frankly, it is quite good looking.
So yes, yes a Vitz is logically all the car you need in Kampala.
Also Read: REVIEWS BY IAN PAUL: 2003 Toyota Vitz
Author: Ian Paul Byamugisha
Ian Paul Byamugisha is a writer/author/novelist and car journalist. As a writer for Newslibre, he writes car reviews, cars news, tech news and anything that one might find interesting to read. Currently working on a spy novel collection titled “Arthur Vintage.”