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I bought my Urban Fox in 2009 from the VW dealership. It came with fog lamps and a very nifty sun roof. I have really enjoyed driving my little car from the outset. I find it is economical even in the light of today's petrol prices - I seem to get a long way on a tank of petrol even though I do mostly around town driving. I thought that the price was reasonable compared to other small cars and I love the sturdiness of the drive - the adverts have really got it right when they say if you want something that sounds like a VW then buy a VW!. The only downside I have found is that the seatbelts aren't very acommodating - a little on the short side - and if you are a little on the tubbs side then they can be a bit snug!!! The stereo is fine for me, inside is basic but comfortable and although there aren't lots of buttons and flash bits it is a fine car. It has loads of room to stretch your legs out :o) I will drive my little car for a long time to come.
Out of the small cars that are on the market, we decided to get the Volkswagen Fox as it overall seems excellent value for money. For the standard basic model, it was priced at just over £7000 but we bought it on the scrappage scheme so it came to just over £5000, an amazing price for a brand new car! Many small value-for-money cars are cheap by name and cheap by nature, but the Fox most certainly isn't. It doesn't feel cheap inside, it is very spacious and there is tons of room. Comparing it to other cars of a similar price range, cars such as the Citroen C1, the Chevrolet Matiz and the Ford Ka, these can be very cramped and in my opinion, a little more cheap looking than the Fox. Although the Fox is very spacious, I'll admit the boot isn't the biggest boot in the world. But I don't find it a problem and I have seen much smaller boots in other cars. If you were regularly transporting large items such as suitcases, I wouldn't recommend the Fox. However, if there is no-one sitting in the back seats, you can push the backs of the seats down to extend the size of the boot. We have the very basic model; that means manual windows and no central locking. I don't find it too much of a problem but if you do find it is, it costs around £300 to get electric windows and central locking built in. You can design the exterior how you wish, selecting different colours, metallic paints and wheel trims, paying extra for some. For the very basic price, there is, in my opinion, a good choice of colours. We decided on the Indian Blue but you could choose red or dark grey. For other colours such as Yellow, Indigo and silver, you have to pay more, but we would have chosen the Indian Blue anyway. You can either have black bumpers or you can pay a small price of just £60 for bumpers to match the paintwork, which we felt was worth paying the extra £60. You can also customize the interior of the car by choosing the seats to be either anthracite striped (grey/black), coloured striped (red/yellowish) or a more subtle honeycomb effect. We chose the striped seats as it makes it a little more quirky than the honeycomb design. There are a number of storage compartments located inside the car: the typical glove compartment, a drawer underneath the driver's seat, pouches on the backs of the front seats and numerous drinks holders. I think the designer of the car went a little mad when it comes to drinks holders, as there are two in the centre on the back seat, two near the gear stick and two bottle holders on the inside of the doors. But I tend to find them handy to put other things in while I'm driving, such as my phone or keys. Although I love the car, there are a few disadvantages. I tend to find that the back seats are a little hard and uncomfortable, which isn't a problem for me as there are rarely people sitting in the back, but may be a problem if you do have people regularly using those seats. I find the engine to be quite loud, but other people have commented on how quiet and smooth the engine sounds, so that possibly depends on what car you're used to hearing. I wouldn't say the sound system is the best, compared to other cars and there are no speakers in the back on the basic model, but the sound is something you get used to so I no longer see it as a problem. The car comes with a CD player but you can buy a transmitter for any car so that you can play your iPod. A downside of the car may be that there are only 4 seats and there is no option to have a fifth one. Also, there is no option to have a 5 door Fox, so this may be a problem if there are regularly people sitting in the back seats. Something I find to be a problem is that on a few occasions, the gear stick will not go correctly into first gear, which can be slightly embarrassing at when starting off at traffic lights as it may look like you have stalled! This hasn't proved to be a major problem though, as its has only happened a couple of times. It may not happen in all Foxes, it may just be a minor fault with our specific car, so don't panic! Overall, I think it's a fantastic car and the best out of all the small cars on the market. I am a new driver and out of all the other cars I have driven, I have found this to be the easiest to drive. It is a cheap car to run as the fuel consumption is low and only Group 1 insurance. (Please note, this is based on a 59 plate model so prices and features may differ now.)
Volkswagen Fox 1.2 3dr. I bought this car after relocating to London from the West Country. Previously I have owned and loved high-spec VW's. My Fox is used for short urban journeys and regular long motorway drives. It is perfect for urban life, 5 stars perfect. For long journeys it performs better than many low cost cars. The driver and front passenger have a comfortable ride. Back seat passengers are not so lucky and it is hard to get comfortable for a doze. The fuel economy is not great on long journeys and it is not particularly friendly to the environment. However on a recent journey I transported a folded down mobility scooter in the boot without any problem. This would be an ideal first car or a car for low mileage urban drivers. It holds quite a lot from IKEA particularly with the rear seats down. It is great value for money
This car I was lucky enough to purchase with my dad as a 17th Birthday pressent this year - I know I told you I was lucky! We chose the red paint work, as standard as we couldn't see point of spending more money than required. The car I love - it is increasingly reliable, it hasn't broken down, made any weird noises or falted at all since I have had it. After passing my driving test it has been through the mill - I have burst one tyre, which I found particually easy to change with a bit of help (a 17 year old girl changing a tyre!). The comfort of the car is fine, some people say that it is quite a high car, however this doesn't bother me personally. We went for the urban fox model, and haven't regretted it! It drives easy and is great for communting to and from my college. Me and my 3 friends have all been confortably in the car together, along with alot of food and other stuff, and this is quite a good test for size - they were all plesently suprised My Insurance was around 700 quid that is quite cheap for learner and new drivers - I am sure people who have passed alot earlier can get far cheaper insurance.
Background I was lucky enough to have my 1.2 Urban Fox bought for me straight from the dealership. My family and I had spent some time searching round each of the manufacturers to find the perfect small car before I passed my driving test. We chose Volkswagen as our previous experience with their cars is very good. They have a reputation for being very good value for money and being very reliable. The salesperson at the dealership was very good, and gave us a very good price for the car that we were trading in. I chose my fox in bright red, just like my very first bicycle. When I received the car, I was overjoyed. It's nippy, efficient, fun and I'll regret leaving it behind when I leave home to go to university. The Fox has been brilliant since I had it over a year ago, only a couple of minor faults which were put right in a service. It's perfect for driving short distances, but also copes well on longer distance journeys - many of which I experienced when visiting universities all across the country. It's deceptively large inside - from the outside it looks tiny, but as one of my friends exclaimed - "It's like a tardis in here!". The boot space also isn't too bad for a car of its size - as a family of musicians we manage to fit 2 trumpets, and a trombone into the boot, and it would fit a good amount of shopping in too. One problem that I did have however was the lack of a third back seat. On several occasions I needed to carry more passengers, but this wasn't possible as the middle seat is occupied by a plastic cup holder - which in itself isn't fantastic. Specifications There are two main models of the Fox - The Fox and the Urban Fox. The Urban fox has several Optional extra's equipped that the normal Fox doesn't have - Central Locking, Electric Windows, Tip-and slide seats, colour coded bumpers are the main ones. When picking my car these were features which I desired, and that is why I picked an Urban Fox. There is then a choice between 2 engines: - 1.2 Litre, 55PS, 5 Speed Manual Petrol - 1.4 Litre, 75PS, 5 Speed Manual Petrol There is then a choice between having standard trim wheels, or Volkswagen 'Piranha' Alloy wheels coming at a premium of £570. The Fox comes in 8 different shades of paint to choose from: - Uranium Grey - Tornado Red - Indian Blue - Sunshine Yellow - Black - Reflex Silver - Indigo Blue - Diamond Black Many of these colours look very good on the Fox. Price The Volkswagen Fox comes in baseline at price of £6845 with no additional extras for a new car. The Volkswagen Urban Fox comes in baseline at a price of £7505 with no additional extras. Advantages - With the economy the way it is, the Volkswagen Fox is a very cheap new car, even compared with other small car manufacturers. With the government introducing the scrappage scheme, the price on a new fox will be achievable by many more people. - Volkswagens tend to hold their value quite well due to being very good quality, long lasting and reliable cars. - The fox is a very fun car to drive. - The fox is a very good looking small car. - As the Fox hasn't been around for very long, there are not many on the roads and you will have something different to a lot of people. Disadvantages - It is a small car, so if you need your car to carry people it may be wise to purchase a larger one. - Can't think of any more! ==================== Thanks for reading, ~Xlixen