Deciding whether to purchase a new Volkswagen Polo is easier than falling off a log, reciting the two-times table, or losing a fortune to a seedy casino. This is because the Polo is so accomplished in its sector the decision is simple. Yes, of course, grab your chequebook and buy the thing.
The class leading Polo is distinguishable from many of its rivals as it is a complete supermini package. The handling is extremely safe, confident, and predictable and there is very little body roll to unsettle the smooth ride. This creates a 'big car' feel beyond the Polo's modest price tag. It is also beautifully constructed and reliable enough to last until you recoup all your casino loses – and that could be a very long time.
The Polo is available with a choice of four petrol and two diesel engines. A good compromise between performance and economy is the 1.6-litre 90PS diesel which hits 62mph in 11.5 seconds, and averages 65.7mpg. However, if you need more speed on your way to the forest to 'fall off'' the aforementioned log, the 1.2-litre 105PS petrol reaches 62mph in 9.7 seconds. VW also produce the super-efficient BlueMotion variant that averages 80.7mpg, and is perfect for eco warriors who would rather protect the log than fall off it.
Motoring.co.uk's new car database reveals the Volkswagen Polo is listed with 'buy safe' sellers from £9.495 - £18,710. Finance packages include a personal contract purchase plan for thirty-six payments of £109, at 7.9% APR. The deposit is £2,759 and the optional purchase payment £4,459. Right, I'm off to the casino – I hear gambling is easier than falling off a log.