This cheapest Polo is a great first car for those who can afford to buy new.

Its high-tech new 1.2 litre turbo engine punches out enthusiastic city acceleration and an engaging sound.

It’s super-thrifty, drinking 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres thanks to Bluemotion economy features including idle-start/stop.

More importantly for first-timers, the Trendline has six airbags, automatic multi-collision braking and many other safety aids.

Oh, and a Bluetooth audio for music streaming and hands-free phone calls.

$16,490 plus on-roads, light hatchback

1.2 litre petrol, turbocharged, 66kW/160Nm

FOR: Performance, economy, quality

AGAINST: Dark interior

VERDICT: Completely lovable!