Reader reviews - June

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Volkswagen Polo
1.2 TSI 105 SEL 5dr
'I downsized from a BMW 3 Series, and I couldn’t be happier! The Polo looks classy from the outside, has a premium interior and drives well both in the city and on the motorway. It really is the complete package.

The turbocharged engine is a revelation: the combination of its low-down power and the six-speed gearbox makes it frugal and fun.’

Mark Pearson
Average reader rating

Hyundai ix35
2.0 CRDi Style 2WD
‘I’ve owned my ix35 crossover for just under a month now, and already it has more than excelled itself.

‘The available load space and comfort are both excellent, and my dealer (Southend Hyundai) has been first class.

‘I’m already extremely pleased with my Hyundai’s fuel economy, and I’m told this will only get better.’

Kevin Speck
Average reader rating

Volvo C30
1.6D DRIVe SE Start/Stop
‘The C30 looks so cool and I’ve been getting 60mpg, so the Volvo is almost as kind to trees as it is to drivers. However, the smallish diesel engine means it’s not as rapid as
it should be, and on cold days it can take a while to clear its throat. I also reckon Bluetooth should be offered as standard.’

Paul Buddery
Average reader rating

Audi A5
1.8 TFSI 160 Sport
‘I bought the A5 because it’s stunning to look at, but after two years of painful ownership I’ll never buy an Audi again.

‘The most recent problem was a slipping clutch, which needed replacing after just 20,000 miles.

‘After investigation it was found that the flywheel needed to be replaced, too. I explained that my previous car, an Audi A6, had no clutch problems at all in almost six years, so my driving style clearly wasn’t the problem. My dealer suggested I call Audi Customer Services, who told me I’d have to pay the full £1700 for the repairs because clutches aren’t covered by the warranty.’

Peter Keiderling
Average reader rating

Citroen C3 Picasso
1.6 HDi 90 VTR+
‘The best thing about the Picasso is its rear-seat design – bang and the seats are gone! They drop into the floor, giving me tons of space with which to shift antique furniture and the like. The high driving position and excellent visibility make the C3 a treat to drive, too, and it cruises beautifully all day.

‘I’m one of those people who does loads of research before buying anything, and this, my first ever brand-new car, was no different. However, the C3 Picasso lives up to everything Citroën says about it. Don’t think about it any more – just get one, it’s a great car!’

Mike Brown
Average reader rating

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