what is most fuel efficient? VW Golf/Polo/Ford Focus?

buying a seond hand car under £1500 and just wondering which was best/most reliable etc
thanks

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3 Responses to what is most fuel efficient? VW Golf/Polo/Ford Focus?

  1. Neil B

    VW are FAR more reliable than Ford, and the Polo is most efficient for the same engine size as it’s smaller and lighter, though obviously a 1.3 Golf or Focus will be more efficient than a 2.0 Polo!

  2. EvelynThe ModifiedDog.

    Fuel efficiency (or consumption, which I presume is what you’re really interested in) is more down to which engine you buy and how you drive it. The Polo has the better chance of good mpg since they usually have a smaller engine than most Golfs or Focuses

    Reliability wise, on a car at that age and price, all bets are off. Buy the thing on condition alone. Any one of them has the potential to need £1000 of work doing to it to fix it so believe anyone who bangs on about “bullet-proof reliability” of VWs at your own peril. They break and wear out just like anything else and bits for them are often dearer than for Fords.

    I’d favour the Focus. It’s a nicer car to drive than the VWs, is at least as economical as an equivalent Golf and so long as you buy a decent one shouldn’t cost a fortune to keep going.

  3. Jacque M

    Go for VW. Ford is the king of recalls.

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