What? Not the most interesting choice of first car since you’ll probably need two hands to count the number you can see from your front door. There’s a reason why they’re so popular though, especially among young first time drivers. Sure the VW badge is more upmarket than others in this segment, but it’s the reliability that has sold so many for the marque. Reliability will return lower running costs over your term with the little VW. The model was facelifted in mid-2005 with a sharper look. As with the Renault Clio, the 3 door is better looking than the 5 door.
+ Proverbially bombproof, VW badge, economical.
- Not as powerful as its nearest rivals, expensive options list meant lower spec on a lot of models.
Insurance: An 18 year old female, full license, no experience, can expect to pay €1050 p/a third party fire/theft depending on many circumstances.
Tax: €286 pre July 2008
NCAP Safety: 4/5
Cost: A clean 2002 model can now be found at some SIMI registered dealer from the €1600 mark.