Vauxhall Corsa or VW Polo as first car?
I wouldn’t go for the Polo – Ibiza or Fabia is effectively the same car & you get a lot more for your money.
My sister’s 05 Polo that she has only recently got rid of came with a cassette player!
When I bought my last Ibiza, similar age Polo’s were about £1k more but were boggo spec models compared to almost the top of the range Ibiza I ended up with.
I always found Corsas horrible to drive; you get a vague impression the steering wheel is attached to the wheels at some point, but it’s all a bit woollen.Posted 11 months ago
Perhaps they have improved since I last drove one….trail_ratMember
I’d go for a fiesta also.
Coincidence maybe but I’ve had 2 phone calls 1 from a friend and another from a cousin to see if i could do a homer engine swap on 1.2 Corsas. One with a failed tensioner the other with suspect **** rings on cylinders 2/3 (identifed with a compression test)
I wouldn’t touch a 1.2 Corsa based on that neither were high milage 80ish k for bothPosted 11 months ago
Daughter is learning and the insurer of our 1.6 Golf will not offer her cover(!) so we’re considering getting another car sooner than anticipated.
We currently have two contenders:
09 Corsa 1.2 with 68k on da clock or
06 Polo 1.2 with 66k on da clock.
I’m not a vauxhall fan really and quite like the apparent solidity, interior quality and shear size of the polo.
But the Corsa will be £120 less to tax each year but the Polo is a bit cheaper.… no it won’t.
Edit: this car will be just daughter #1 to drive now and for #2 & 3 in two years time – it’s not replacing anything.Posted 11 months agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
I agree with the checking insurance first and considering a one up in size car.Posted 11 months ago
I also would suggest Ibiza or Fabia instead of the Polo. Cheaper to buy with better spec, and cheaper to insure for some reason too.
For some reason i have never got on with seats in Vauxhall’s – i drove an Astra a few weeks back for a couple of hours and was near crippled when i got out… Same as the Zafira my old work had.Ecky-ThumpMember
Why not just buy a learner cover policy from a separate insurer?Posted 11 months ago
Just covers the learner whilst they’re accompanied in your already insured vehicle.
Lapses immediately upon them passing their test.
This is what I did for both of my kids.
Buys you some time to find a more suitable car that they can insure in their own name once they pass, as that is the more important cost comparison that you’ll need.BeardedDaveMember
I had a’99 VW Polo at the same time that my missus had an 05 Corsa (with much higher mileage). Whilst I thought the Polo was a nicer drive, the Corsa just seemed to be bomb proof. I had problems with coolant leaking and my clutch pedal broke off(!) with my Polo, but the Corsa just kept going. A couple of bits of plastic trim fell off, but we drove that car everywhere, over the Alps into Italy and over the Pyrenees into Spain, plus several trips from the UK to the Netherlands and back (missus BD is Dutch and never had any major issues at all.Posted 11 months agomindmap3Member
I had a’99 VW Polo at the same time that my missus had an 05 Corsa (with much higher mileage). Whilst I thought the Polo was a nicer drive, the Corsa just seemed to be bomb proof. I had problems with coolant leaking and my clutch pedal broke off(!) with my Polo, but the Corsa just kept going. A couple of bits of plastic trim fell off, but we drove that car everywhere, over the Alps into Italy and over the Pyrenees into Spain, plus several trips from the UK to the Netherlands and back (missus BD is Dutch and never had any major issues at all.
I’d largely agree with this’ my other half had an 05 Corsa which I hated but it was actually a good little car; she’d owned it from new and it cost buttons to run and in the eight years that she it had it, it never broke down once. Her sister bought it as a second car and much the same although she has sold it on now. In the time she had it it continued to keep on going and not going pop.Posted 11 months agotrail_ratMember
corsa engines changed in 06 to 1.2 Ecotecs when the corsa D came in – these are the ones that like to shit them selves prior to that they were z12somethingorothers that were in Corsa C and pretty robust although liked a headgasket or 2 in their life if driven out of town at the uppers of their rev range for a long time.
Corsa Cs biggest issue was rust and lack of care…. they were like bic razors you could change car cheaper than filling the tank !Posted 11 months agotimberMember
Hyundai or Kia? Probably get one with some warranty still remaining, certainly not cool youth cars.
We bought a ’51 Corsa SXi as a stop gap car, lost no money selling it on after 6 months pure use as it is such a popular first car. £40 up after new spark plug.
Had a 1.2 Corsa recently as a loan car, speeding ticket really won’t be a possibility.Posted 11 months agostrawmanMember
Get a ford. VW’s are pricey to fix and I’ve had 2 vauxhall’s which were turds. The 4 ford’s I’ve had were always reliable and cheap to fix when they break. Mechanics tend to like them as parts are always readily available.Posted 11 months ago
Ford is the way, not a KA though. Fiesta for first car.MrTrickyMember
The old (2004) Fiat Panda comes out really well for reliability on HonestJohn website. Not trendy. Insurance is very cheap. The car is really cheap to buy. Loads on autotrader. The one I’ve just bought for my daughter looks almost unused inside and out and drives brilliantly.Posted 11 months ago
Cambelt will need replacing every 7 years I think.
I had a 2002 polo, it was not good. All the faults Honest John mentioned seemed to manifest themselves.
Original Yaris was a great car. Fun, ecoconmical, cheap.
Aygo etc are ok, but ours never stopped leaking (which is common) despite numerous attempts to fix the leak (9 years). Had lots of niggling design issues which found really annoying.redstripeMember
Toyota Aygo our youngest got for under a grand was (relatively) cheap to insure for their age at just under £700 no blackbox & with me on it. Been reliable and very economical. You’ll get a good one well within your budget. Mrs has a Polo, to insure that for them would have been double, and it’s had a fair few problems over the years but she’s attached to it for some reason.Posted 11 months agoratherbeintobagoSubscriber
I had an ex-contract-hire Polo 1.4L on an R plate as my first car and it was ace; went everywhere from Greenock to Portsmouth and points in between in it.
Mind you, it had next to nothing to go wrong; only toys were electric mirrors, and most importantly, unlike the Golfs the wife and I had subsequently, no air con to have compressor failure just out of warranty.
Edit – just remembered – back half of the exhaust fell off, which also happened to a colleague’s Polo, but I knew a bloke who ran a VW specialist in Bootle who welded a new back half on rather than replacing the whole thingPosted 11 months agoCountZeroMember
I always found Corsas horrible to drive; you get a vague impression the steering wheel is attached to the wheels at some point, but it’s all a bit woollen.
Perhaps they have improved since I last drove one….
When was that, exactly?Posted 11 months ago
The only experience of current Corsas is driving the SRi model, which may not help, but I’ve driven ten of them totalling around a thousand miles, and I was very impressed with them to drive, comfort levels were high, they come well equipped, DAB radio, heated screen, etc.
Over the same period I think I’ve only driven two Polos, a couple of Fabias, and whatever the Seat version is, Ibeza?
Not much to chose, TBH, I’d probably go for the Seat or Skoda, they do always seem to come with higher spec, and they are a bundle of fun to drive, but then, so are the smaller cars, the Up!, Citigo and whatever the Seat is called.
They actually come with satnav!wolfensteinMember
very surprising no love for the yaris
as comment from above, autotrader your budget and get the insurance quote as it cost too much to insure since this year mine went up like 30-40% (so as others i’ve asked)
look for kia cars 7yrs warranty if you can bagged one.Posted 11 months ago
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