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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 CL 5dr

    Mark Smith , Greater London . Date: 25/09/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      36

    My car

    This Polo 1.4 CL 5-door 1997 has never failed to start or run even when badly neglected service-wise. It is very nippy for a 1.4 and is very quick off the mark - surprisingly so in fact. Fuel consumption is not the best in its class but it is by no means a gas-guzzler.

    I wanted another car but realised it would be best to spend the money on getting this Polo up to scratch - a car that always starts has to be an asset, right? So I've spent the thick end of a grand on it in the hope that it will see me through for another year or two at least.

    It is very happy to waft up and down motorways at 60 or so - it doesn't like 80-90 mph as the engine revs too high and the cabin noise becomes intrusive. Long journeys also make my right leg numb (I'm 6'2") but this could be more to do with my bad circulation than any fault with the seating arrangements. It is a perfect city car though and is quite narrow, so can get through small gaps with ease. Having said this, it is possible to load it up as you would a small van with the back seats down. It can carry a surprising amount of gear. Just make sure you get the 5-door hatchback.

    So in conclusion, if you're not a boy racer and want an affordabl, reliable car that doesn't cost the earth to run then look no further. Polos of this age are cheap to buy and cheap to run and the famous VW build quality shines through. Recommended.

  • 1.4 CL 5dr

    Ashley Arthur , dorset . Date: 14/09/2012
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      42.8

    My car

    Got this car 1996 second hand in 2012, best car so far. Drives brilliantly with a nice bit of go in her for a 1.4 The interior is nicely designed with more storage that other cars for the age

  • 1.0 E 3dr

    Tom Morgan , somerset . Date: 16/10/2008
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    I have owned this car for 6 months and so far it has proved to be a good first car. It is reasonable on fuel (40mpg) which is not as good as i expected from such a small engine. The ride is comfortable although there is some body role in the corners. I would not advise this car for anyone who would drive regulary on the motorway as there is a lot of engine noise over 65mph and not a lot of pull from the engine. Overall this is a very solid car that is cheap to run and insure which I reccomend over a 106 for example.

  • 1.0 E 3dr

    Roderick Mathison Date: 26/09/2008
    • 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've owned this car for six years, bought when one year old. Has only broked down twice- once when clutch pedal collapsed (replaced unde warranty) and one recently when "ERG" valve failed. Struts/wheel-bearings tend to need to be eplaced occassionally. Servicing costs do dig into your wallet, taking the pleasure off ownership. Reasonable ride, not too soft, not to firm. Nice Germanic, slightly dour interior (don't dig Japanese too well...). Electric door mirrors on even basic model may be "bizarre" (re 6th form Suffolk reviewer previously) but make reversing on single-track roads in the north-west Scottish highlands a lot easier. Am strangely fond of this car, despite it's non-descript almost conservative styling and high-ish maintenance costs. Can't remember it ever (even in latitide 57 winter) refusing to start. (But don't want to tempt fate.)

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