Volkswagen Polo 1.0 110PS R Line

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Introduced in 1975, the Volkswagen Polo was originally little more than a re-badged version of the Audi 50. Due to it being more basic and therefore cheaper, the little Volkswagen outsold the Audi version. The decision was therefore soon made to axe the 50 to allow Audi to concentrate on larger, more prestigious cars. Since then, the Polo name has stood the test of time, with the fifth generation car receiving a facelift towards the end of 2014. While the styling was tweaked and the interior made to feel even more upmarket, the big news was under the bonnet. The 1.0-litre three cylinder engine that had been originally engineered for Volkswagen‘s up! citycar now made an appearance in a Polo in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged forms. The turbo version of that unit in R-Line trim makes for a tempting ‘warm’ hatch.

The facelifted Volkswagen Polo – which featured a major overhaul of the car’s engines. Out went the ageing 1.4-litre petrol motor and in its place came a new three cylinder 1.0-litre unit. To go with the range-topping engine we have a range-topping trim level, in the form of R-Line specification. R-Line cars do come with luxuries including front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, sports seats and a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system. On paper, a semi-luxurious small car with a small engine appears to make sense, especially when it emits just 99g/km of CO2 and can return over 65mpg. We like the way the Polo looks, too, even next to stylish rivals.

In 110ps form it becomes impressive. This is a surprisingly powerful, refined and quiet engine. Indeed, at idle it’s so quiet that you’d be forgiven for momentarily panicking over whether the engine is on at all. The three-cylinder petrol motor excels around town, even if its revs have to be kept relatively high in order to make smooth progress.  On the motorway the Polo remains quiet, and the addition of a sixth gear means the 1.0-litre engine doesn’t sound strained. It’s also stable, with none of the fidgeting that smaller cars can experience at cruising speeds. In fact, the Polo’s handling in general is worthy of praise. Its steering is light but well weighted and its tight turning circle ensures navigating busy back streets is easy.Transmission options on this car include a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox or a six-speed manual.

This being an R-Line car, the interior is comfortable and loaded with kit. Volkswagen did a great job in updating the Polo’s cabin with this facelift to improve the perceived quality and the result is a cabin that feels truly premium. The driving position is as good as ever, too, and despite its size the Polo does offer a practical enough boot, at 280 litres.

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The Volkswagen Polo R Line is available for as little as £177.12 Per Month.

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Seat Leon FR Eco TSi 1.4

Leon FR Blog PictureThe Seat Leon FR trim includes sports suspension, and helps to make the Leon as good to drive as it is to look at. The ride is firm, but the handling is good and the steering is responsive. In all, the Leon feels light , yet composed at speed; an appealing compromise between agility and comfort.

Anyone familiar with the previous Leon will find the most dramatic improvement over the old car is in the cabin. Space is plentiful, and there’s an equally generous standard of equipment.
SEAT Leon; all are turbochargedSEAT is right to offer such a wide range of engines because the accomplished drive of the Leon justifies it. The development and this subtle change of emphasis makes the Leon more interesting and engaging to drive.

SEAT also now offers fixed-price servicing packs through dealers, which help owners budget for, and reduce, the cost of routine maintenance. In practice, real-world running costs seem to be bearing up. Driver Power respondents ranked the Leon 13th in our latest survey, validating the hard work SEATS has done in this area

The interior of the SEAT Leon may look a little plain at first glance but in practice it proves a very satisfying, good to use cabin that is a little bit more adventurous than its rivals..Quality of materials in the current car is high. The main dash structure is soft-touch and has a quality appearance, with big dials and a touchscreen high up in the middle of the dash. New models (from 2017) benefit from a larger screen as standard, while also featuring wireless phone charging, Traffic sign Recognition and Traffic Jam Assist.

There’s more than enough space for a couple of tall adults in the front, with particularly good head- and leg room on offer. There are plenty of cubbyholes for assorted clutter, too, including an armrest with a storage compartment on all but the entry-level editions, plus a pair of cupholders between the seats on all versions. The Leon is a conventional small family car so doesn’t try to do anything especially clever with its seating configuration. The rear seatbacks fold down in a 60/40 split to extend the boot space. These lift up as well as sliding forwards, then return to their original position.

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The Seat Leon Is Available From £172.03 Per Month.

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Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost Zetec

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If someone asked you to think of a typical, average, family-sized hatchback, we’ll wager the car that’d most likely spring to mind would be this – the Ford Focus.

Not only is it fun to drive and pleasant to look at, but it also offers buyers an enormous wealth of choice – from frugal-yet-fun turbocharged petrol engines to big, brawny diesels; from no-frills models as basic as they come to those with all the mod cons you can think of – No wonder, then, that it’s the best-selling family car in Britain at the moment. But with strong competition as well as a host of others all vying for your cash, the Focus will have to stay sharp if it’s to keep its nose in front.

here’s lots of head- and legroom in the front of the Focus, while the back has room for a couple of adults or three children. Isofix child seat mounting points (on the outer rear seats) add to the practicality. If you want more room for luggage and you’re not carrying anyone in the back, the rear seats can be folded completely flat to transform the boot into a very useful space. In the front of the Focus the door bins are big enough to take a large bottle of water.

The basic driving position is spot-on, and the Zetec car offers good long-distance comfort because their front seats have adjustable lumbar support. There’s not much wind or road noise, either, so you can easily listen to the stereo without having to turn the volume up very high. Fords tend to be fun to drive, and the Focus is no exception; it feels eager to change direction and the steering is precise and well weighted.

Insurance, road tax and servicing costs are all competitive, and the sheer number of Ford dealers in the UK means you won’t have to travel far when it’s time to get your car serviced.The most recent version of the Focus hasn’t been tested by car safety specialists Euro NCAP yet. The Focus earned the maximum five stars, so it should keep you and your passengers safe. The fact that it comes with seven airbags, including a driver’s knee ‘bag, helped it achieve this rating. And Euro NCAP found that the Focus was less likely to cause serious injury to pedestrians than the Astra or Golf. If the car starts to slide, a standard electronic stability control system helps you regain control, while another system that automatically applies the brakes if it senses you’re about to have a collision in stop-start traffic is available as a cost option.

We reckon it’s worth spending a little more to get the Zetec,because this has all of the kit of the Style, along with a digital radio and Bluetooth hands-free phone. The Ford Focus is a decent car, and still sets the standard for driver enjoyment, so if a fun-to-drive family motor is what you’re after, it’s the one to have.

Volvo V40 R Design Nav

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The V40 is Volvo‘s first direct rival for big-selling premium hatchbacks. It originally went on sale in 2012, but was given a new “Thor’s Hammer” headlight design in 2016 to bring it in line with the result of Volvo’s range. Good looking inside and out, it promises low running costs, a generous standard specification and Volvo’s usual emphasis on safety.

 rakish profile suggests that space is tight inside the V40, but it’s actually reasonably accommodating, with acceptable head and legroom front and rear for all.  In-car stowage is good, with door bins front and rear, a decent sized glovebox and cubbies between the front seats. Comfort in the front is assured by Volvo’s typically armchair-like seats that are soft yet supportive. The rear seats are similarly cosseting, but for two passengers only. Wind roar is nicely suppressed too.

The dashboard looks expensive, and Volvo offers neat, customisable instruments displayed on a TFT screen rather than tradition analogue dials, letting you choose what information is displayed and the prominence it’s given. You also get simple ventilation controls, but the gearstick is a cumbersome shape, and the number of buttons on the dash makes controlling the information and entertainment easy. A real highlight inside is the frameless rear-view mirror, a small touch that really adds some class.

The diesel engines make the easiest companions, feeling strong in every gear. Volvo also offers an automatic gearbox as an option on most models and this works well with the diesels. Which is well worth considering.

Volvo only finished 17th out of 24 manufacturers in the 2016 JD Power UK dependability survey 2016, but that still put it ahead of Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Volvo also matches Audi and Volkswagen in offering a warranty that lasts for three years or 60,000 miles. The D2 model’s low CO2 emissions make it a very affordable company car choice, and Volvo offers private buyers a five-year fixed-price service package (limited to 62,500 miles for D2 models or 90,000 for any other engine) that keeps running costs sensible. The excellent fuel economy from the diesels will also keep money in your pocket.

When it comes to safety, it doesn’t matter which V40 you choose, because every version gets the same standard specification. This includes a City Safety system, which can stop you running into the car in front in stop-start traffic. What’s more, there are electronic stability and braking aids to reduce the chances of an accident, and numerous airbags in case a collision still proves unavoidable. Volvo even fits a pedestrian airbag that pops up from under the bonnet to help cushion the blow should you hit someone. With all this, it’s hardly surprising that the V40 received fantastic scores for adult occupant protection and pedestrian protection when it was crash tested by independent safety body Euro NCAP.

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The Volvo V40 Design R Nav Manual Is Available For As Little As £226.54 Per Month.

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Vauxhall Insignia

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Desirability drives the modern car market with ever-increasing reach and power, and it’s pushing cars like the Vauxhall Insignia to the margins. The industry is reshaping itself to cater for those who’d happily downsize out of a traditional family saloon for a premium brand, or the latest fashionable crossover SUV.

Vauxhall may have therefore contributed much more greatly to the nation’s happiness with its latest revision to the Insignia – pretty consistently the biggest selling car in its fleet-dominated class since 2008 – than any premium brand does with its latest and greatest aspirational trend-setter. This five-door family hatchback – already much more likely to feature on your driveway than in your post-promotion grand plans – is cheaper to buy, cheaper to own, smarter to look at and generally more pleasing to use thanks to its 2013 facelift.

The Insignia forms part of a Vauxhall family car history that stretches back over a century. The very first Vauxhall model, from 1903, could be had with four seats, so Vauxhall (although initially best known for its sporting models) has a family car history just about as long as anyone else. The Insignia offers plenty of versatility, with a line-up that includes three body styles (saloon, hatchback and estate), and has swollen to feature five diesel engines and four petrols, front and all-wheel drive, automatic and manual gearboxes and even standard passive or optional active dampers.

The blade design is a reoccurring theme through the Vauxhall Insignia  the most obvious being in the front doors. It helps make the Insignia look thinner and breaks up the large surface area in profile; it emphasises power to the back, making the Insignia look like it might be rear drive. For the most recent facelift, Vauxhall’s designers concentrated their efforts on freshening up the car’s front and rear bumper styling; there were no sheet metal changes. The Insignia got new, more powerful headlamps, a new radiator grille with a broader chrome bar, and a redesigned lower valance that draws the eye outwards and downwards. At the rear the changes were mirrored for the same effect.

The Vauxhall Insignia always had a spacious, functional sort of interior, and while the most recent round of revisions hasn’t radically changed that character, the fascia redesign and infotainment refit was much needed. The centre stack is now much more intelligible than it used to be, the individual-little-button-count having taken a considerable dive. Central to the improvement is an 8in high-resolution colour touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard, which makes whatever you’re doing – be that programming the standard DAB radio or the optional sat nav – quite a lot quicker and easier. The central touchscreen makes the Insignia’s sub-systems much more accessible.What results is a cabin that may still be quite sombre, but now at least feels up-to-date and reasonably intuitive. Material quality levels that quietly impressed us in 2008 keep on improving.

Accommodation levels are great. In the front, leg and headroom are plentiful and there are comprehensively adjustable seats and a wide range of reach/rake adjustment for the steering wheel. Room is good in the rear, but the boot is long, wide and respectably deep, although the floor never goes flat, even with the rear seats folded.

The Insignia’s suspension has been re-specified as part of the latest facelift, and its handling re-tuned, for greater rolling comfort. Some 60 per cent of the chassis componentry is new; springs, dampers, bushings and more. And it’s made a perceptible difference. You can feel the dynamic benefit most on the motorway is probably exactly as Vauxhall would want it. At high cruising speeds, the car’s evidently lower spring rates give it a gentle low-frequency primary ride – and that’s without the optional ‘Flexride’ dampers, which could be expected to deliver even more waft in ‘Tour’ mode.

The car definitely steers much better than it ever did, with new-found heft, feel and consistency-of-pace in the steering rack, and little-or-no deterioration in grip or body control as a result of the chassis retune. It is a very fine motorway tool too.
Image result for vauxhall insigniaThe Vauxhall Insignia 1.6 CDTi 136 SRI Nav EcoFlex Is Available For As Little As £210.74 Per Month.

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