Being someone who never drives anything with more than 100BHP under the hood on a regular basis, I find that question funny in a "he doesn't know any better" sort of way.
These are the cars I regularly drive
||Curb weight (kg)
|2013 Mitsubishi Mirage
|1992 Daihatsu Charade
|2002 Toyota Revo
|2004 Honda Jazz
|1997 Toyota Corolla (sold a few years ago)
The Mirage actually has the best power to weight ratio of all of the above. Compared to everything else I'm used to, it feels like a darned Porsche!
Typical car reviewer concerns for low-powered cars are overtaking with full loads, and at steep inclines at high altitude. I've never had a problem with any of the above vehicles. Hint: They all (except the Jazz) have a third gear and I use it! Bringing the engine past 4000RPM has uses beyond illegal stoplight races for crying out loud.
View my fuel log 2012 Mirage GLS 1.2 manual: 33.3 mpg (US) ... 14.1 km/L ... 7.1 L/100 km ... 40.0 mpg (Imp)