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    I'm looking for a small car, not too expensive (2k or so), Not too hot on the insurance but fun to drive. Oh, and insurable for a learner to be driving occassionally. Options so far are a Puma or a Fiest Zetec S. I was interested in a Fiesta ST, but the insurance is a bit too high. To be honest, the insurance is a bit high on the Puma too. The Zetec S comes out at 400 for the year, the Puma at 500 and the ST at 540.

    What else should I be thinking about? Want 0-60 of no more than 10 seconds really.

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    SEAT Ibiza Cupra / FR ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobzilla View Post
    not too expensive...insurable for a learner to be driving...Want 0-60 of no more than 10 seconds really.
    sounds like a big ask to me


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    MG ZR. Even the basic 1.4 has a 0-60 time of 10 seconds, and insurance isn't horrendous on them. Cheap to buy and run.

    The 1.8VVC is a lot more fun, though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Badger View Post
    sounds like a big ask to me

    I thought the same.

    I was going to mention a few cars until i read the learner part.

    Have you considered a bicycle bobzilla...? -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr OCD View Post
    SEAT Ibiza Cupra / FR ?
    Isn't that more Focus sized? Want it a bit smaller than that. Sort of 106/206/fiesta/polo rather than 306/focus/golf sized.

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    I'd say a Clio 172, but I guess the insurance costs will rule that out.

    People may take the piss, but a late model Saxo VTR (the 1.6 8v, not the 1.6 16v VTS) is a lot nippier than you'd think and the insurance isn't too bad. 100bhp in a car that's made out of kitkat wrappers means a sub 9s 0-60 iirc.

    Or... a MGR ZR/25, the 1.4 K Series is a surprisingly powerful lump for such a small capacity, if you can find one with a recent MLS head gasket change it should be pretty trouble free for a few years. The 25 is a lot cheaper to insure than the ZR, but they're essentially the same car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post

    People may take the piss, but a late model Saxo VTR (the 1.6 8v, not the 1.6 16v VTS) is a lot nippier than you'd think and the insurance isn't too bad. 100bhp in a car that's made out of kitkat wrappers means a sub 9s 0-60 iirc.
    Falls into the same as Daihatsu Charade, Mitsubishi colt
    A Fiesta 1.6 Zetec S is sub 10 secs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly View Post
    103bhp and 0-62 in 10 sec is more luke-warm hatch.

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    I don't think putting a learner on the insurance of anything costs that much, it's when they pass their test the big insurance bill arrives.

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    Of course if you got a Derv MGR ZR/25, they're only 101 or 115bhp (depending on map)... but for less than 60 you can get 140bhp out of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Badger View Post
    103bhp and 0-62 in 10 sec is more luke-warm hatch.
    It's the same sort of ballpark as the stuff he's suggesting, though (Fiesta Zetec S is 98bhp, 0-60 9.9s), and is fun enough to drive.

    Well, the Fiesta ST is a bit quicker, but he won't get one of those for 2k, and it will cost way more to insure.


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    go classic. 205Gti. Even the turbodiesel is a hoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirahna View Post
    I don't think putting a learner on the insurance of anything costs that much, it's when they pass their test the big insurance bill arrives.
    Thats what I thought too.

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