Whats a good hatchback?


Got myself about £2,500 max to spend.

Was looking at polos but the ones that tend to look good are the 00-02 ones and every review i have read says they are rubbish and will break.

Looking for ideas on fuel economy, i drive across milton keynes for work which involves :

Roundabout - 60mph - roundabout - 60mph - roundabout etc etc and so has lots of accelerating and braking.

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The Mrs has a 2000 1.4l Polo and the only things that go wrong are the silly annoying things, central locking pump, door lock e.t.c mechanically it has been sound. Most of the bits that have broken are made by Bosch. If you feel a Polo will break, then look at the Seat Ibiza's. Same basic chassis, decent for the money.

Have you consided a diesel? The VW 1.9 TDI (90 ps) is excellent, as fast as the 1.4l petrol, has much more torque, and cruses at a much more bareable RPM on the motorway. It does 55mpg too. The VW 1.4l is very irritating on the motorway as it sits at about 4500rpm at 70mph and makes a hell of a racket.

Ford Focus? Nice car to drive but I've never owned one! Or an Astra?

Or a Peugeot 106 if you want something smaller. Avoid the 206 though.

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Thanks guys.

I'll take a look at the ones mentioned.

I read that the 00-02 polos have issues with the computers and engine lights etc. Read a few horror stories. lol.

Diesel is fine with me as long as its economical

a vauxhall corsa post 2003 diesel easy tronic , very economical

Fiesta - 52 plate 40k - ]Linky 1.6 Ghia, £2500 ish

Get a Beemer.


Edit: Oh wait, you only have £2.5K to spend. Unlucky.

The JFK;4784437

Get a Beemer..



The car of choice for drug dealers and pimps. :roll:

tony_s1;4784464

The car of choice for drug dealers and pimps. :roll:



Nah, it's the choice of ballers.

The JFK;4784475

Nah, it's the choice of ballers.



Im sure he appreciates your help! ;-)

1.7 DTi Astra

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Thanks guys i'll take a look, i'm warey of the 1.6 though as they will push up my insurance?

Titchimp;4786320

Thanks guys i'll take a look, i'm warey of the 1.6 though as they will … Thanks guys i'll take a look, i'm warey of the 1.6 though as they will push up my insurance?




1.7 diesel same as a 1.4 petrol

The JFK;4784437

Get a Beemer.Edit: Oh wait, you only have £2.5K to spend. Unlucky.



At £2.5k he would be spoilt for choice for second hand BMW's, do you actually know anything about cars?

]clicky

I have a newer version of this, never had any problems with it.

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BlondeBella;4787175

]clickyI have a newer version of this, never had any problems with it.



Is it quick?

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myaser88;4787086

1.7 diesel same as a 1.4 petrol



Thanks

Titchimp;4788034

Is it quick?



its nippy for a 1.2, you can get a 1.4 aswell if you look around.

Driven a Polo for years. Nice solid car. Still got my old 02 plate and (touch wood) have had nothing serious go wrong with her. Had a crack appear in the anti-roll bar in the front suspension a few years ago but I put that down to the shocking condition of the roads in the area and the councils love affair with the speed bump.
Only ever owned VW's and from personal experience have had no major problems.

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BlasterLad;4788733

Driven a Polo for years. Nice solid car. Still got my old 02 plate and … Driven a Polo for years. Nice solid car. Still got my old 02 plate and (touch wood) have had nothing serious go wrong with her. Had a crack appear in the anti-roll bar in the front suspension a few years ago but I put that down to the shocking condition of the roads in the area and the councils love affair with the speed bump.Only ever owned VW's and from personal experience have had no major problems.


Maybe i will take another look.

Titchimp;4788924

Maybe i will take another look.



I can only speak from experience. I'd certainly get another one.
Don't bother with official dealerships for parts and service though. They'll fleece you.

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BlasterLad;4788957

I can only speak from experience. I'd certainly get another one. Don't … I can only speak from experience. I'd certainly get another one. Don't bother with official dealerships for parts and service though. They'll fleece you.


Yeah ive heard, one thing i read was that the polo has really soft suspension meaning theres lots of body roll? Not good for the roundabouts in MK. lol

Titchimp;4788979

Yeah ive heard, one thing i read was that the polo has really soft … Yeah ive heard, one thing i read was that the polo has really soft suspension meaning theres lots of body roll? Not good for the roundabouts in MK. lol



It is maybe a bit softer than other cars I've driven but not drastically so (my g/f's fiesta for example). The brakes are pin sharp on it and acceleration is pretty good for a small engine, plus the steering is responsive (all are better than her 08 plate Fiesta IMO). As a city/town car it's great and I get good fuel consumption (about 43 MPG).
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