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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.
  • 1.9 Sport TDi 130 5dr

    Raymond Fowler Date: 02/06/2006
    • 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

    This model doesn't disappoint on power. The Sport model looks classy on the outside with the chrome trim to the radiator grille, and the sports seats inside. I added ESP, climate control, cruise control, winter pack and 6CD changer to make it a very well appointed car. Yes it made it pricey (over £16,000) its more powerful and less money than a 1.9 TDi Golf, yet the same size as older Golf's. With a 6 speed box it cruises at 70 just above 2000rpm and returns 50mpg on average. Why then have VW stopped doing the 130? No other car maker does a similar class car with this much power.

  • 1.4 S TDi 80 5dr

    George Reid , Midlothian . Date: 09/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Criticism by the press of the TDI engine for having three cylinders is unjustified. There is no vibration whatsoever through the steering wheel, even at tickover. It is a superb! It manages 70mph at 2700rpm and more with ease. There is bags of torque where you want it and a chain to drive the camshaft.

    The brakes are vastly improved on previous Polos. It has an excellent gearchange and gear ratios for a diesel. It's very solidly built, and galvanised, so the blurb says. Compare the weight of the doors with rivals.

    The worst aspect is road noise which completely drowns any engine noise. Economy is better than the current hybrids, my preent 75bhp TDI gets 53mpg in urban conditions, driven without restraint. Drive it to appreciate it.

  • 1.2 64 S 3dr

    Dave Whipp , Cheshire . Date: 24/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had a pre-facelift 1.2 64ps 3 dr Twist for 12 months (from new). It probably falls between an S and an SE model in reality. I did have a used 99 model 1 ltr. Polo a few years back and find that my new one is infinitely better.

    It pulls very nicely, like a much bigger engined car; but there's no getting away from the fact that it's a 3 cylinder engine when ticking over.

    The local stop/starting journeys that my wife mainly makes in it give about 34 mpg. I do agree with some of the readers comments about VW dealers. They do seem to take their customers for granted a bit.

    I specced a CD player when I bought mine as it wasn't standard at the time, but otherwise it think it's pretty well equipped.

    If there is a gripe here, the central locking should have been remote. The car does seem well made though and I think it deserves the kudos that VW's have. I'd have another, but I think I'd test-drive a 4 cylinder first, to compare engines.

  • 1.2 64 E 3dr

    Carl Cooper , Merseyside . Date: 18/04/2006
    • 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

    This car has been a pleasure to own and drive. I owned a much earlier model of the Polo which made me want the new one. I have drove many different models of small cars and I have got to say the Polo is in a class of its own.

    The pull of the engine in every gear is fantastic, and the quality of the finish of the interior cannot be matched by any of its competitors. The rock-solid residuals are also a huge bonus and the styling is strong yet classy.

    The running costs for the car are also low and the ride is supple. It isn't a sports car and the car does lean into corners, but you won't mind this when driving over uneven surfaces, as the Polo soaks up bumps with ease - and without any annoying knocking from the suspension as I've had from so many other models.

    The seats in the front are supportive, and in the rear they are very deep, so they provide a decent amount of headroom for rear occupants. I have found the dealer experience to be very friendly, however repairs and servicing are expensive - at least a high quality job is carried out. I would recommend the Polo to anyone.

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