I'd be cautious about using a small table saw. If the fence doesn't stay parallel to the blade or if the table flexes in the middle of a cut, binding and kick-back is a real possibility. Low power saws can bog down in the middle of a cut and create a safety issue.
My table saw for 25 years was a Delta Unisaw on rollers. Not a big footprint. There are really good Unisaws (older models are far better than the new models) on the used US market for less than $500.
My gut reaction is if, for whatever reason, you can't buy a good table saw, then don't buy any table saw.
I agree with this, but also feel differently to some extent..It's always nice to have the better tool..But I have a close friend who's a finish carpenter, million $ + custom homes only. His skills are about the best I have seen for finish work. You need ZERO caulk when he puts something together. He uses a crappy, and I mean crappy (and old) jobsite saw, with a crappy fence, crappy power. It makes me laugh when he pulls it out, and when I use it and go back to my Bosch, it feels like a cabinet saw. Regardless, his results are impecable.
I think for someone, like me whos skill ranking in carpentry overall is advanced amateur, this is great advice. Although I believe building skills is more important than building a tool collection, it's very much about the tool for me as well- Festool has made it easier for me to learn, and improve skills to some extent, and have a boatload of fun. But...For those who have skills, in the field all the time and know how to manipulate the material they work with because they can do it in their sleep it becomes much less about the quality and tolerances of the tool. It's just second nature, and more about whatever gets it done to get paid. At least the contractors I know in my region tend to think this way. Not all, but alot.
If a cabinet saw were an option I might spring for one in a large shop, but I feel like I do pretty darn well with Festool and my gravity-rise TS. And I know few remodler-types who own large Table Saws in their home shops. I really think this argument for one or the other resonates more with folks who primarily make Funiture and Cabinets.
So in the case of the OP posted, I vote small table saw.