The Volkswagen Polo is a great value nifty little run-around for first time buyers.
The Volkswagen Polo is a great value nifty little run-around for first time buyers. The current generation claimed the European Car of the Year Award for 2010, and received wide ranging critical acclaim from the motoring press – and my next door neighbour.This popular supermini comes with a choice of four petrol and three diesel engines. The cheapest option for cash strapped new drivers is the 1.2-litre 60PS which has a list price of around £10,000. However, this entry-level petrol model takes 16.1 seconds to crawl to 62mph making it slower than a snail on its way to a French restaurant. The better choice is the 1.6-litre 90PS diesel which reaches 62mph in 11.5 seconds and returns a combined average of 65.7mpg. The Polo appeals further to new drivers when you consider its safe, confident, and predictable handling. There is very little body roll considering the class and it has a 'big car' feel beyond its modest price tag. The Polo is also beautifully constructed and reliable enough to last until its newly qualified owner earns a ten year no claims discount. Motoring.co.uk's new car database reveals the Volkswagen Polo is listed with 'buy safe' sellers from £9,221. Buyers who prefer finance can also order this capable run-around on a personal contract purchase plan. Terms include a £2,891 deposit plus thirty-six payments of £109 at 7.9% APR.