Good choice Mick. They seem to hold their value too. I have a äkoda Fabia 1.6 diesel as my daily commute and I've been impressed with it over last 50k miles. Oil change every 10k miles and it'll run and run.
If you're considering keeping for a while buy yourself a copy of genuine VCDS software and cable. Only really applicable if you do your own servicing as you can scan for error codes, reset service intervals, prime diesel fuel pump, etc.
Is that with or without VAT?