We’re pondering a new car to replace our Mini Cooper convertible. We’re pretty simple to please, it must be automatic, have heated seats, and a good stereo. That’s about it. As a second car it does about 5k miles a year so running costs aren’t really an issue. We’re not fussed whether we buy brand new or up to a year old so you’d think it would be easy wouldn’t you?
We have a short shortlist –
- Another Mini
- Fiat 500 Abarth
- VW Polo GTi
Mini – where to start? The looks of the new version are ‘challenging’, something is not quite right, it’s just not as resolved as the outgoing model. And how much?! Over £22k for a sensible spec is bonkers.
Fiat – hmmm. Still not 100% sure about the back end. It’s a bit plasticky inside and there is a new version of the Abarth imminent. No automatics available for a test drive so that was that.
VW – great car, good price, very nicely made, and a great gearbox in the DSG. The outright favourite and top of the list.