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Overall reader verdict 4 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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28 reader reviews for Volkswagen Polo Hatchback.
  • 1.4 SE 3dr

    Joanne Phillips , Berkshire . Date: 27/09/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my Polo in 2003 from a VW dealer. I had previously owned the 1.0-litre version and was really sold on VW.

    When I purchased it, I added VW alloys and the CD player, as neither were standard.

    Four weeks later the car was back at the dealer for a new air-conditoning unit, as it had failed. The ABS sensors both failed (one causing an MoT failure) and had to be replaced.

    The car was also miles out on tracking and so it was chewing through tyres quickly. It's also had a starter motor and a new pedal box (common fault on VW Polos - that was a VW recall!)

    Although all these faults are now fixed, I worry about reliability. The cost to get the Polo fixed is also an expensive job, regardless of whether it has gone to a VW dealer or not.

    I've maintained the service history and the car has been reliable. I have a three-door and access to the back is very difficult.

    Overall, it's a very nice, solid, well built car - just pricey to repair!

  • 1.4 CL 3dr

    Stacey Codd , nottingham . Date: 12/07/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car for three years now and apart from servicing and the very occasional part failure due to the age of the car I cannot complain. I find it quick and nippy for around town, far quicker than other similar cars I have test driven. It is very quick off the mark. I've never had any serious reliability problems, it travels well on the motorway for the engine size and gives fair fuel consumption. I like this car and will be purchasing another one when this finally does give in to old age!

  • 1.4 SE 5dr

    Alpesh Patel , Surrey . Date: 25/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I acquired my VW Polo 1.4 auto in 2005 with 21000mls .... it is now at 38000 mls .... daily running costs are fair , but servicing and others are expensive .... the first service in my ownership required a 4th-5th year timimg belt/tensioner change (a very expensive exercise which was done at VW dealer - as car was under 12 month used car warranty).... Of late the EPC sensor light and Engine light seems to come on/off at their pleasure ... a MAP sensor was changed this week ... but the problem has re-appeared in less than 24 hours ... so its off to the garage again (this problem seems to be quite common and expensive to rectify ; ref - web blogs on various sites i have found on Google) ... So all in all not happy with this apparently reliable mode of German transport !!! ... Its back to Japanese vehicles from here on !!

  • 1.4 TDI PD SE 5dr

    Paul Anderson , Greater Manchester . Date: 26/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is incredibly cheap to run, with average fuel economy in the 60s even at high motorway speeds. The car hasn't gone wrong (apart from one electric window seizing, and that I fixed myself) in six years/60,000 miles. It looks nice, too, and is easy enough to service yourself.

    However, it has dreadful handling and ride. It manages to be both firm and crashy over bumps, yet leans and understeers on the corners. For such an economical car, you'd think VW would have fitted better seats.

    You can save a packet on fuel on long journeys by using the car, but it's so uncomfortable you won't want to. The dealers are a joke.

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