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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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45 reader reviews for Volkswagen Polo Hatchback.
  • 1.2 55 E 5dr

    xyz song , . Date: 11/05/2011
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    Bought a Polo 1.2 55 E from new in 2006. It is the worst car I have ever owned. In addition to some other less serious issues, it got hand brake problem in 3 years, suspension problem (spent about £660 inclduing service etc.) in 4 years and cylinder problem (car shaking badly when in idle, dealer asked for £1700 to fix it) in just 5 years. After spending nearly £1200 in about half an year, I finally sold it at less than 40,000 miles. I can't trust the dealer 100%, which tried to replace window brushes on every service and after changing brake fluid in Oct'2010, it reported that brake fluid needed change again in April 2011 when checking the cylinder issue.

  • 1.4 80 Match 5dr

    Barclay Hall , Stirlingshire . Date: 19/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    Bought this car in June 2008. First impressions were good, roomy inside, giving space for 4 adults.Reminds me of a Mk3 Golf in interior space. I would describe the drive as uninspiring. This is a car which is a workhorse.For overtaking you need to make the engine work,not the best starter on a cold morning either. Interior kit is good however after 4000 miles the dashboard cupholder refused to come out when pressed. Also squeaking from the tray on top of the dash. The warning light for the hatchback door now comes on intermittently.I suspect caused by rainwater leaking into the mechanism.Running costs are excellent, using only half the fuel I used before doing the same miles. I feel I am well qualified to judge as i have owned VWs all of my life driving a variety of models. I am satisfied with my Polo but do not expect much from it now due to the build quality issues. I will have to keep it for 3 yrs. I would not buy another Polo as I feel VW have not paid attention to detail when building this car which puts me off other VW models. My wife drives a Citroen and being a VW fan it disappoints me to say that build quality is superior in her car. Overall, buy this car if you want a boring workhorse, want to save fuel and are prepared to put up with build quality gremlins. Do not buy this car if you want to have fun.

  • 1.4 TDI 70 Match 5dr

    katie garande , norfolk . Date: 17/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I test drove a polo 1.4 TDI today and also a petrol, i have been given a company car and need to choose one. i am deciding between this and the skoda fabia. they are very similar however i enjoyed the drive in the polo. its light and nice inside and i found the seat comfy, which is important as i drive a lot on the whole i thought a good car

  • 1.4 TDI 80 SE 5dr

    Mark Loveland Date: 08/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have previously owned a couple of Golf, Seat and Audi TDI’s and have been very happy with them. When looking for a car for my wife I didn’t really consider anything other than the Polo even though it was considerably more expensive than its rivals.

    Myself and my wife were devastated when we took it for its first run. The diesel engine is the roughest and noisiest I have ever hard in any car. The quality of the interior trim is dreadful and the front seats are really uncomfortable. We regret trading in her Renault Clio (2002 DCI 80) as it was far better in all aspects mentioned above. How noisy is the engine? Well, my mother-in-law drives a P registration diesel Fiesta and even she complained about how noisy the Polo is.

    We felt so strongly about it that after only 2 weeks of ownership we decided to trade it in for a Golf. One of the main reasons for buying a VW was reported strong residuals. How wrong we where. With all the options the Polo cost £13,500. The best trade in value we have been offered from a VW dealership is £9,000.

    £4,500 depreciation in 2 weeks is pretty bad in view. And it means we are stuck with it for the foreseeable future.

    To summarise this is the worst car I have ever owned

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