SEAT scoops awards at WhatCar? Car of the Year 2018

It’s that time of year again! The WhatCar? winners for 2018 have been announced and SEAT have taken this year’s awards by storm! 

SEAT certainly won their fair share of the WhatCar? accolades! The Ibiza won ‘Best Small Car’ and the Arona was crowned ‘Best Small SUV’. And that’s not all! The Leon won ‘Best Family Car for less than £18,000’ while the Ateca scooped the prize for ‘Best Family SUV for less than £20,000’ 

SEAT Arona

Here’s what WhatCar? had to say: 

The Ibiza beat off tough competition with its brilliant driving characteristics and practical interior. Quite frankly, it’s everything a small car should be! And it doesn’t stop there, the Leon has fun driving dynamics and well-crafted interior – a worthy winner for its price point. The Arona is more affordable, more comfortable and more equipped than its rivals. And the cherry on top? The amount of personalisation options on offer 

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SKODA secures 6 wins at the WhatCar Awards

It’s that time of year again! The WhatCar? winners for 2018 have been announced, and we are ecstatic that SKODA have been recognised again with no fewer than 6 accolades! Lets take a look…

It was another successful WhatCar Awards for SKODA with 6 wins! The Octavia and Superb Estate proved an unbeatable duo as they took home a pair of category wins.

The Citigo was awarded Best City Car between £9,500 and £11,000, while the latest member of the SKODA family – the Karoq – scooped the prize for ‘Best Family SUV between £20,000 – £30,000’. Other awards included ‘Best Estate Car for less than £20,000’ for the Fabia and ‘Best Executive car for less ten £25,000’ for the Superb

Here’s what WhatCar? had to say: 

This is the sixth time the Citigo has been named out middle point winner in this category – and it’s not hard to see why, it is perfectly suited to city driving! This middle point is teaming with competition across all the categories, but the new Karoq has also impressed thanks to its practical interior, smooth ride and strong and economical engine. As for the Octavia, it should be the go-to choice for families who want a comfortable and practical hatchback. 

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Volkswagen scoop a trio of accolades at the WhatCar Awards

It’s that time of year again! The WhatCar? winners for 2018 have been announced, and we are ecstatic that Volkswagen have been recognised again! 

Volkswagen Sharan

Volkswagen scooped a trio of accolades this year! The Touran won best MPV, the T-Roc was crowned the safest small SUV around, and last – but by no means least – the Passat GTE Advance is the best hybrid between £25,000 – £35,000

Here’s what WhatCar? had to say: 

All of the Volkswagen finalists have their plus points, but the Touran remains the most well-rounded MPV on sale. As for the Passat Estate GTE Advance, it takes everything we like about the Passat – its space, equipment and reasonable price – and adds in exceptionally low running costs and an electric driving range of up to 28 miles. 

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Test drive the new Polo at Pulman Volkswagen

The sixth generation of Volkswagen’s popular supermini is here and ready to test drive at Pulman Volkswagen! The Polo, which in its previous five iterations has sold more than 14 million examples worldwide, is now being offered in five-door only form to UK car buyers.

The main focus of the new sixth-generation Polo is its new design, technology and space. Alongside the debut of its sharper design, there is also new engines, new ‘big car’ assistance systems, and the application of a new generation of infotainment systems. 

New Polo exterior and interior

The developments in Polo – which has found a home with more than 1.4 million drivers in the UK over the last 42 years – offer a new sporty and striking design. Quite simply, it looks better than ever! A selection of design packages opens up extensive customisation options and the interior of the Polo has also been upgraded. In addition, technologies such as City Emergency Braking with new Pedestrian Monitoring function, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Blind Spot Detection significantly improve safety. 

New Polo cockpit and exterior

The new Polo was rated 5 stars by WhatCar?, and it’s not hard to see why! The upgraded interior features an Active Info Display as well as a new infotainment system with up to 8-inch displays. 

The optional Keyless Access locking and engine starting system, which is also new, can be specified to further improve convenience while Driving Profile Selection allows the choice of one of four programs: Eco, Sport, Normal and Individual, to tailor the Polo’s character to the driver’s precise need, and mood.

In the Eco driving mode engine control, air conditioning and other auxiliary systems are regulated in a manner that ensures optimal fuel efficiency. In vehicles fitted with DSG, a coasting function can also be used with the Eco mode: if the driver releases the accelerator pedal – for example, on downhill stretches – the DSG disengages and the engine idles. In Sport mode, on the other hand, engine response and shift points of the DSG are configured to be more dynamic and, if specified, tuning of the adjustable dampers is modified.

Every new Polo contains a generous level of standard-fit equipment, in keeping with its position at the head of the supermini segment. Want to know more? Book your test drive here!


Pulman Volkswagen in Durham: van service that goes the extra mile

Courtesy bicycles and frothy coffees may not always be associated with getting your van serviced. But at Volkswagen Van Service Durham, customers are provided with exactly this, so they can relax, catch up with some work or even get out and about on two wheels while their van service is taking place.

Volkswagen Van Service is a part of the Pulman Group and an Authorised Repairer for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Durham. Its ultra-modern, purpose built showroom is equipped with an onsite café offering free Wi-Fi and complimentary refreshments including hot drinks and free breakfast or lunch.

Pulman Celebrate

Designed with the environment in mind, the building uses solar panels to create clean electricity to power the showroom and its facilities. And customers are given the opportunity to swap four wheels for two with courtesy bicycles made available while their van is being looked at.

This new approach to customer service has led the site to rank number one for customer satisfaction in 2017.

Head of business, Michael Lines, says: “With these new facilities we now have longer to get to know our clients and develop relationships. They come in, work in the café, have some breakfast or a spot of lunch and wait for their service to be completed. The courtesy bikes have also proved to be a real success with customers taking the opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise while their van is being serviced. Having the additional facilities has really helped to make our customers feel looked after.”

Cafe Dafte

The Volkswagen Van Service in Durham can be contacted on 0191 383 7529

Brilliantly Bold, Bam the Ram measures up to the new Volkswagen T-Roc

Bam the Ram


Name: Bam the Ram

Birthday: 26th December 2017

Interests:  strutting, eating grass, showing sheepdogs who is boss and rock music.

Favorite Quotation: I am #BornConfident


Meet Bam the Ram, the toughest baby ram in all the land! Born the leader of his heard, Bam struts through life with a handsome pair of horns and the confidence to match! He faces off with a farmer, a sheepdog and even a bull; but even Bam gives way to the T-Roc when he comes accords the new SUV on the road. While this woolly winner was #BornConfident, there is only one equal to Bam, the new Volkswagen T-Roc which was also born to take the lead in its class.



The T-Roc drives into the SUV segment confidently, just like our fuzzy hero it“stands out from the crowd and leaves a lasting impression” (says Jurgen Stackmann, member of the Volkswagen Management Board). While the T-Roc is VolkswaVgen’s smallest SU to date, it boasts the same practicality of an SUV with the agility of a sporty compact. Bam and the T-Roc might be small, but they definitely pack a punch!


Are you #BornConfident? Stand out from the crowd with the new Volkswagen T-Roc, available to test drive in Sunderland and Durham now. Click here for more information.