VW Polo SE 1.2 TSI road test report review

MORE than ever the latest Polo resembles a downsized Golf. And on the road it shows similar virtues to its larger sibling – a sureness in handling, solidity in feel and a spring in the step from even the smallest engines. Both models are established top 10 sellers in the UK and keep their value well.

VW Golf Estate SE 1.6 TDI BlueMotion road test report and review

THIS estate version of the latest Mk VII Golf, handy for Christmas shopping, is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor and its changed profile gives it a slightly sportier look while its practical virtues remain.

The boot, expandable to 1,620 litres, is 125 litres bigger than before and larger than average for a class which includes the Focus and Astra. The variable floor can be set at two levels above a basement – itself giving extra storage around the skinny spare wheel as well as a space for the canvas luggage cover when it’s not in use.

Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI SE L review and road test report

ON its way for the New Year is an all-new Skoda Fabia, shorter and lighter than the current model but claiming to be roomier inside and, for what was once the joke backward brand of British motoring, a serious venture to bring (with a few evident teething problems) smartphone technology into a small family car.