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Fol­low­ing the com­par­i­son test in the July 2018 is­sue of the Volk­swa­gen Polo and Ford Fiesta, all three team mem­bers who com­mented ex­pressed an opin­ion in favour of the Fiesta.

The Polo’s specs in just about ev­ery depart­ment – in­clud­ing the price – were su­pe­rior to the Fiesta and it amazed me the Ford was rated 80 points out of 100 against the 79 points al­lo­cated to the Polo.

I would like to cite the new-car sales for these two ve­hi­cles for the month of Septem­ber 2018: Polo – 3 886 units; Fiesta – 837 units.

There is noth­ing more to say, as South African buy­ers’ pref­er­ence be­tween these two ve­hi­cles is abun­dantly clear.

GLEN MARAIS Kemp­ton Park

[Glen, you and I both know con­sumers don’t al­ways buy the best prod­ucts. Many fac­tors come into play with pur­chas­ing de­ci­sions, in­clud­ing brand loy­alty, cus­tomer ser­vice, dis­counts and so on. I’m not im­ply­ing the Polo is some­how lack­lus­tre – it most de nitely isn’t – but that the Fiesta is the more sat­is­fy­ing ve­hi­cle thanks to its smoother driv­e­train and su­pe­rior spec – ed­i­tor.]

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