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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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50 reader reviews for Volkswagen Polo Hatchback.
  • 1.4 TDi E 5dr

    Dermot Cusack , DORSET . Date: 14/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have two Polos - this 2003 TDi and a 2004 1.2 both purchased from new.

    The TDi has power and is a great drive. However, the build standard has been very poor - an electronic window switch fell into the door, a grab handle (above the door) fell off, and paint peeled on external door handles. The quality is more Fiat than VW.

    The real shock has been reliability and service costs. The turbo failed and required three days in garage - thankfully under warranty - and coolant pipes have degraded and leaked in only three years.

    The second service cost me £1250. This did include a cambelt change at 65,000 miles, but the additional brake disc replacement was overpriced. The petrol version is adequate to drive and meets the insurance needs of my two daughters. I will go back to buying Japanese.

  • 1.2 E 5dr

    Romee Latif Date: 12/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought an 02 Polo 2years ago, 2nd hand privately. All the checks made on it were fine at the time and I had 6 months warranty left on it. 2 months into owning this car the coils needed replacing&my warranty covered that. 2 months after again the coils needed replacing which I had to pay as I broke down on the motorway. 2 months after that the coils again needed replacing which I paid for at a VW dealer. Last Christmas, the car broke down due to the timing chain. I had to wait 3 weeks before having it fixed which cost me £600! I spoke to VW Customer services outlining why this had happened and how the VW Dealership I go to had over-quoted me! VW made no attempt in helping me at all, apart from liaising with myself and the dealership but the outcome was not to my satisfactory. When I spoke to the head technician at the Ventura VW dealer,he said that the timing on a new car lasts up to 60,000 milage. My car had only done 35,000. I couldn't understand this and also when I spoke to other mechanics, they had said that the timing lasts for the life of the car. Two days ago my coils packed up again and had to get them fitted, this time at Birmingham VW dealership who had very kindly notified me that my car is on a recall list for the coils. This means the timing and the coils are a manufacture fault but VW Customer service say it is not and offered me nothing.I will not be buying another VW again&strongly recommend others not to also.

  • 1.2 S 5dr

    William Smith , Suffolk . Date: 05/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I currently own a previous model VW Polo and recently test drove a new 55-plate 1.2 model. The new model looks fantastic, with great-shaped lights, and high specification even on base models.

    The interior is brilliant, it's the highest-quality supermini you can buy and it has a fantastic image. However, the new model (maybe just the 1.2) feels a bit unresponsive, but the build quality is so good that you really need to rev high just to hear a bit of sound.

    Despite that, it still has that wonderful image plus the legendary build quality that makes the Polo a brilliant supermini.

  • 1.4 16v S 5dr

    Joanne Allen , Derbyshire . Date: 27/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I love my new Polo, it looks very stylish and sporty. The driving position is very comfortable and it has a very nice interior. It goes very well up hills, which is particuarly important where I live. It returns good fuel economy, averaging more than 40mpg, and has good boot space and plenty of room for back-seat passengers. It is a small car, but has the feel of a big car.

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