Bill Plant Driving School started using Golfs in early 2018, but the company’s fleet will be Volkswagen-only by the end of the year. The Bill Plant website states that its fleet currently includes the 1 Series, but the BMW’s days are numbered.
Deliveries of the T-Roc to the Bill Plant Driving School fleet began in March, and so far, hundreds of new cars have been delivered to instructors across the UK. Volkswagen expects to deliver more cars as the business opens more franchises using Golf or T-Roc models.
The T-Rocs will be delivered in 1.6 TDI SE specification and will feature a touchscreen sat-nav system, remote electrically foldable door mirrors with kerb view, front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control. Learner drivers can expect to pay £29.50 to receive tuition in Volkswagen’s small SUV.
The Golfs are also powered by a 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine but are delivered in SE Match trim. The spec is largely the same, but learners pay £27.50 for manual gearbox tuition or £29.50 to learn to drive in an automatic. Obviously, both cars are dual-controlled.
‘A smash hit’
Michael O’Shea, Volkswagen UK’s head of fleet, said: “The Golf is Volkswagen’s most popular model and is a smash hit with UK customers, being the second best-selling car in the country, so it’s easy to see why learners can benefit from a Golf being their introduction to driving life.
“The T-Roc SUV, with its numerous safety features, elevated seating position and compact size, has the ideal combination of qualities to make learners feel at ease when venturing out on the road. Volkswagen prides itself on the safety of its cars, so it’s little wonder Bill Plant Driving School chose the Golf and T-Roc to create a whole new generation of Volkswagen fans.”
Tom Hixon, head of instructor support at Bill Plant Driving School commented: “We’ve received tremendously positive feedback from our driving instructors and pupils about the new Volkswagen Golf, and we also welcome the T-Roc to the Bill Plant Driving School fleet.
“Every week hundreds of pupils will have their first experience of driving with Bill Plant Driving School inside either a Volkswagen Golf or T-Roc. This is a tremendous partnership for Bill Plant Driving School as we continue to grow our business in 2019.”