SEAT Ibiza Cupra / FR ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
go classic. 205Gti. Even the turbodiesel is a hoot.