I am still gutted its not a Giulietta but because the dealer didn't know if they will be making patrols available we just couldn't wait.
The nearest Giulietta to that would have been the 1.4 TB 120, but I don't think they're going to bring that back into Ireland at all: it's a lovely drive, but people won't look past the Band C road tax (148g/km, €390/yr), even with a low sticker price - back in 2010, they priced this at €20,000, which was an absolute bargain, and still nobody bought them.
I'd even have my doubts about the manual MultiAir getting here, and that's in B2 (131g/km, €280/yr). The only petrol that could make it would be the 1.4 TCT at 119g/km (€200), but it's hardly "entry level".
I'd have thought €7.5k was about right for a MX-5, no? I've been told around 5.5k for my '07 147 (the car is immaculate and running like a watch, but as usual, it's the €500 a year road tax that's killing the value).
The only cars out there that interest me are the Giulietta and the Volvo V40, and while the Volvo is nicer inside, it's a lot more expensive, and just isn't as good on the road (engines aren't as good, and it has surprisingly poor ride quality compared the the Giulietta). Luckily I don't need to urgently replace the 147, so I'll wait to see what kind of pricing they come up with.