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BY ANDY ENRIGHT
Added 27th November, 2009
, updated 31st July, 2020
If space is a key priority and you want a people mover that's rugged, reliable and which never intended to be fashionable, the Caravelle T4 (1992-2003) makes a very interesting option. The diesel models are the most sensible bet, with the 130bhp variant offering probably the best compromise. Buying a Caravelle is an adventure in itself as no two vehicles seem to be specified identically. Take your time, drive a few and pick a well looked after example that vaguely approximates what you're after.
The Volkswagen Polo GTI has long lived in the shadow of its bigger brother, the Golf GTI. Does it step into the light with this current model? Jonathan Crouch takes a look.
We expected this improved post-2016-era first generation Amarok to be smarter, better connected and classier inside - and it was. It also proved to be slightly more efficient too - though not to the extent it would have been had Volkswagen merely tinkered with the previous 2.0-litre TDI unit, rather than sticking a huge great 3.0-litre V6 beneath the bonnet.
And in summary? Well, relatively limited global production meant that this Volkswagen was never going to threaten its Oriental rivals' market dominance with this model, but in terms of product excellence, it certainly gave them plenty to think about. With the Amarok, we Europeans at last gave the Far East something it could learn from.
So, where does all that leave us? Well, in one of those situations where everything changed - but nothing was really very different. This sixth generation Polo proved to be a big step on from its predecessor in just about every area you could name. But if you want one, the reasons why will probably be much as they've always been with this car: it feels a quality cut above its rivals.
The quality element in question though, moved forward quite significantly with this 'AW/BZ' MK6 model, which might make quite a difference if you're one of those buyers who's been waiting for an excuse to buy a smaller car, but has yet to come across one with the kind of sophistication and technology found in something larger. If so, this sixth generation Polo might well be the model that finally persuades you to downsize. It feels more refined, more premium and more mature than any supermini we've previously driven. The result might be little more than a shrunken Golf, but then that's exactly what most buyers want. Indeed, you could choose one over that larger family hatch and really not lose out very much in terms of practicality, drive dynamics or even the style statement you'll make on the high street.
Ah yes, the 'style statement' some versions of this sixth generation model try to make. There's probably a place for it, but plenty of rivals do the trendy lifestyle vibe a lot less self-consciously. Ultimately, the typical Polo person doesn't really buy this Volkswagen in order to make a fashion statement. Which is why he or she will almost certainly end up with the kind of conservatively-finished variant we've been trying here. That conservative mindset extends into the issue of drive dynamics too, so it probably won't matter that a handful of rivals feel more engaging than this one through the corners. Of greater importance to likely buyers is that few of these competitors will be more comfortable in day to day use. At the end of the day, there's much to be said for an extra touch of quality and class. Seek those as your priorities and you'll find this little supermini more than happy to oblige.
Volkswagen's Tiguan eHybrid offers a proven PHEV package, thinks Jonathan Crouch
There's lots to like here, providing you're admiring of the looks and don't care that people might think you couldn't afford a BMW. Unlike Ford in this period, Volkswagen did more than just throw wood and leather at an existing medium range model in its efforts to create a genuinely premium mid-sized executive contender. There was proper cutting-edge technology here -and it was beautifully packaged.
In summary, should you be undecided between the mid-sized and full-sized Executive segments and want something practical and spacious, yet with more style and individuality than is available from the usual business-class suspects in these categories from this era, then the Arteon could well be a perfect choice. Style knows no brand boundaries. And if you doubt that, you need to try this car.
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