Is the Volkswagen Polo a good first car?

I'm 17 years old and am looking for a car to buy once I've passed my driving test. I have researched a bit and found that all-in-all, a Volkswagen Polo from around 2010 may be the perfect car for me. However, I'm unsure how reliable they are and what I should pay. Do you know if a Volkswagen Polo is a good first car?

Asked on 28 July 2020 by Gabriel rogers

Answered by Dan Powell
The 2010 Volkswagen Polo wouldn't be my recommendation as a first car. It has a patchy reliability history and isn't as good to drive as some of its rivals. I think you'd be better with the Ford Fiesta 1.25 petrol or Suzuki Swift 1.2 petrol. Both engines have a strong reputation for reliability and both cars are better to drive than this version of the Polo.
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