Today, something relevant to my age group. The student car. Let’s have a look at some of the best, and indeed, some of the worst student cars on the market today. First into the firing line, the Ford Ka.
So, it looks pretty cool from the outside. It’s a relatively smart looking car, but owners of the new Ka say otherwise. Polls taken recently showed that more than 30% of those who bought the new Ka were disappointed. Several points kept on recurring in these reviews, and they do not show Ford in a good light. Owners say that it has a bad build quality, it’s too expensive for what it is, and it is uncomfortable. The old Ka was a brilliant car. It was agile, stylish and had a completely new and completely likable design. Now, it’s just a small Fiesta. Ford seem to have spoiled the broth here. Specifications are as follows for Ford’s 1.2l Zetec model:
Power/Torque: 68bhp/75lb ft
Top Speed: 99mph
Acceleration: 0-62mph in 12.9sec
Fuel economy: 55.4mpg (claimed by Ford, but has been proven to be much less, 41mpg)
CO2 emissions: 119g/km
VED Band: C
Thanks to the good fuel economy, this car will be phenomenally cheap to run, however, in my opinion, it might be better just to save up and buy yourself a Fiesta. The Ka is still a good little car in my opinion, so don’t be put off. Just bare in mind, you might not quite get what you bargained for. I’ve mentioned colours in relation to cars before. Don’t let Ford sell you a car in one of their new absurd body colours. Go for something neutral, inoffensive, and preferably something that won’t blind the neighbours. Good car. 7 out of 10.
Next up, a favourite of mine, the VW Fox.
This car replaces the VW Lupo as the smallest Volkswagen, for what you pay, it’s rather huge. The car is not only very tall but also has enough space inside for four large adults. It is an absolute bargain, and although not everything inside it feels that special, it all works and functions perfectly. Her are the specifications for a middle of the range 1.2l model.
Top Speed: 92mph
Acceleration: 0-62mph in 17.5sec
Fuel Economy: 46.3mpg
CO2 emissions: 144g/km
VED Band: F
Not the best VED Band to be in, but when a car this spacious starts at just over £6,500, you cannot complain. And, with good fuel economy, this car has shaped up very nicely. Well done VW. Now, it has come to my attention that some people think that its looks are bland, boring and horrible. For £6,500, I wouldn’t be too bothered by that, and as we can see in the picture, they can be made to look very… snazzy. It’s so cheap, you may as well buy two. 9 out of 10.
Finally, another great little hatchback, the new Citroën DS3, in my opinion the best looking hatchback of today.
Now, it is slightly more on the expensive side, but this car is an awful lot of fun. I’ll let the specs do the talking, for the 1.6l DS3 THP 150:
Power/Torque: 156bhp/177lb ft
Top Speed: 133mph
Acceleration: 0-62mph in 7.3sec
Fuel Economy: 42.2mpg
CO2 emissions: 155g/km
VED Band: G
I know it is a bit dear, but you will not find a better looking car for that price anywhere. And, it’s very, very quick. Do not buy this car for practicality, that is just what it isn’t. Buy it for fun! 8 out of 10.
As I don’t have enough time to go through all of the best and worst in the world of the student car, here are just a few more ideas:
Good: Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Mercedes Benz A-Class, Audi A1, Toyota Yaris
Bad: Proton Savvy, Kia Rio, Mini Cooper, Mitsubishi Colt