posted 21 days ago
Cheap & cheery. The base SE spec is very basic for a 4 year old car from VW though I expect it will stand the test of time quite well due to its simplicity. Mine doesn't even have cruise control for instance. The 75 bhp version is worrying underpowered and thus I'm not sure what my towbar is for apart from expediting the demise of the clutch as anything more than a couple of people require substantial slipping around town. That said, the car is fine enough once it's moving, and very frugal on fuel with 50+mpg for short journeys and 60+mpg on motorways often achievable, zero £ tax and low group (11?) insurance therefore a good choice for a small budget. It's reasonably safe for its size, both in security and crash tests, and the latter reflects on the internal space which is fairly minimal for its body type but the car does feel well made as a mild tradeoff. Many parts are available that also fit other VW group cars so are mostly competitively priced vs other manufacturers and also like other manufacturers are costly to have fit at dealerships.
3/5 due to (low) SE spec as higher specification cars come with City Emergency Braking, Semi-Autonomous Cruise Control, GPS multimedia unit and various other driver aids and comforts that this one lacks. Most of the extras this version is missing can be retrofitted later, though for example SACC requires a new windscreen so pick wisely unless budget is not a consideration...