I got a new diesel VW polo in June- it is AWESOME! I get 450 miles to a £50 tank of diesel.
I worked out it would cost me only £1000 more to get a new car as opposed to a 3 year old Polo, and for that £1000 I’d get warranties, tax, and a year’s free insurance and breakdown cover. VW does good deals on finance too.
Those things run for years and years though- if she wasn’t looking for a new used car a Golf from the nineties would be very good.
I did a LOT of research before deciding on the VW Polo.
My thinking was this:
Minis are good, but expensive.
Fiats break down.
Fords, Vauxhalls and Peugeots don’t have great build quality and aren’t nice to drive.
Seats and Skodas are good cars, but not flashy and don’t have the cachet of VW, even if they do have the German engineering.
Renault Clios are hit and miss- they’re nice to drive, but break down frequently.
I didn’t like the driving feel of the Toyotas, Hyundais, Kias and Mazdas I looked at- it was all a bit plasticky and mushy.
I basically wanted a nice, safe, solidly built, economical diesel 5 door small car that I could drive until it stopped, and wouldn’t leave me stranded on a dark road waiting for repair vans on a regular basis.
I couldn’t afford a BMW, Audi or Merc, so, in my view I went for the next best thing!