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Fun to drive, fun
for the whole family

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2011 2:59AM
Reviewed by: Garion
Fuel consumption: 13 km/litre
Duration of car driven: Less than 1 month
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I love the way the base Clubman handles and the preformance out of the non-turbo. The turbo I test drove was nice, but not needed for everyday driving. The fuel economy with the manual transmission is unbelieveable at high. Plenty of room for a car seat and groceries also. Had some AC issues off the boat, but the dealer quickly fixed that.


I'd love to hate
you, Alfa. I really
do.

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2010 5:05PM
Reviewed by: Garion
Duration of car driven: Test Drove Once Only
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*sigh* A sigh, that's what some of us start of a day with. Not the best way to start a day, by anyone's standard but I've been sighing for the last 3 mornings. Why you ask? That's because I've got a friend who wants to sell his Alfa Spider. And, as good friends, I get priority in a sale. Well, I know most of you will chide me in even considering a clunker like the Spider. Alfa has never been particularly known for their build quality or resale value but that's really not the whole point of owning an Alfa. Right? Oh, come on, I need some emotional support here. But I digress, I've sat in the car many a times and I can say that it can get up and go but not in the typical sense of a sports/sporty car. It won't particularly accelerate very fast nor do very high top speed and that's simply because you'll want to travel slowly to let everyone admire the car and you sitting in it; besides, going fast messes up the hairdo. The engine is a cantankerous piece of junk. It has drunk more quarts of oil than I dare recall and it sputters incessantly when cold. Sometimes I wonder if it has a smoker's lung for an airbox. Sheesh. But my goodness, it is beautiful. *sigh* Only Italians can make cars that make people sigh so wistfully.


Blew my mind!

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2010 6:48PM
Reviewed by: Garion
Fuel consumption: 14 km/litre
Duration of car driven: Test Drove Once Only
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The Polo is a really interesting car to drive. It is functional though not very spacious, esp for rear passengers. Boot space is decent though I'd rather have it folded down to carry more stuff. The interior is functional too but it does not feel cheap or rickety. Everything is simply laid out and easy to use. The drive is actually quite inspiring. It has just decent amount of torque so moving off can be a little slow. Putting it into sport mode helps but if you do that often enough, you'd NEVER put it into normal D mode again. The gearbox is smooth but then again it's a DSG box; with 7 gears! That helps FC a lot. I got 14km/l? Not sure if i can really trust that figure from the testdrive.


Love it

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2010 12:21PM
Reviewed by: Garion
Similar cars tried: Altis, mazda 3
Fuel consumption: 11 km/litre
Drive pattern: 50% street
50% highway
Duration of car driven: 6 months
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So i decided at a whim to replace my ageing corolla with this after seeing on the road so many times and eventually falling in love with it. The interior is typically Renault. Seats are a bit soft and narrow. There is above average legroom at the rear. Driver's seat can be adjusted very easily with height, horizontal and inclination adjustements. A huge plus for me. Boot space is also good enough for an avid bike like me. Managed to put my bike in with ease. Been driving for almost 6 months now, and can say that the engine is pretty reliable. Had no problems or hiccups thus far. Display is well laid out and within easy reach. Air con can be a bit underpowered especially on hot days. The passengers at the rear would have to endure for a bit. Fuel comsumption is really good, doing about 11-12km per litre, mostly driving around town. This is no sports car though so dont expect too much from it. All in all, a car that does its job in bringing you from point A to B and making you look good doing it

Strengths

Good safety record
Sturdy
Reliable
Interior
Front
Responsive

Weaknesses

Rear looks dated
Suspension too soft for my liking
Engine noise tad too high at higher speeds