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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 3dr

    emma witczak , lancashire . Date: 09/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I hummed and Arred about getting a vw of any kind to be honest because they always seemed to be expensive. However my husband twisted my arm and pursuaded me to get a Polo we got a great deal on a brand new Polo Twist ( 05 reg )1.9 SDI, and I really do love it, the only irritating thing about it is its slow to start with and a bit noisy ( a bit like a taxi ), but its very reliable, very economical ( £40 full tank does about 600 miles ). I know that some people/magazines bad mouth this car off, yes ok its not a bmw or lexus etc and it might not do 0-60 in 6 seconds but at the end of the day its a car to get the 'salt of the earth' people to work each day, its affordable, reliable, comfy and stylish and I cant wait to upgrade it to a Polo bluemotion next year! I think I will be vw car driver for life.

  • 1.2 64 S 5dr

    Patchy San Date: 21/09/2007
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car for over a year now and overall I find it a pleasant car to drive. Exterior wise the car has a quality feel to it and looks upmarket, I especially like the design of the front headlamps and the tailgate clusters. For a small hatchback it’s quite roomy. I have friends who are quite tall yet they were able to fit in comfortably including those in the back. Boot space is reasonable too.

    As for driveability however it can be a bit of a mix bag. The Polo is geared towards comfort rather than sporty. The 1.2 64bhp engine is a lively unit, which is great for town driving, even on motorways it tends to steady itself in terms of engine noise. Consequently the car’s suspension is quite soft so it tends to lean on some bends. I find the car quite speculative at high speed corners so you really do need tone the speed down at certain corners. It also gets quite unsettled with potholes and speed bumps with side winds also affecting the car over open roads too.

    Equipment levels are decent on the S model with central locking, air-con, CD Player etc. It’s economical to run if driven gently but servicing can be dear. Thankfully the Polo’s have a variable servicing scheme of up to 2 years or 20,000 miles whichever comes first to cater driver needs.

    In conclusion it’s a very easy car to drive and live with so it’s ideal for first time drivers. So far I had no reliability issues (touchwood!) and it’s been a great car to drive in my personal experience.

  • 1.2 64 SE 5dr

    chris gleeson Date: 31/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Sorry to spoil all the good that has been said about the polo but i find it is a terrible car!

    Ive just taken my Mk5 golf in for service and im running a 07 plate polo and the difference is huge!

    I have owned a 53 plate polo and would choose it over a new one anyday, the ride is shocking and the interior extremely tacky compared to the golfs. I went round a corner at 30mph and honestly held on for dear life i felt like i was actualy going to tip the car. Whilst on the same corner, the golf stays prefectly level.

    The car doesn't have air con, the biting point is nearly as high as the steering wheel and the gear stick....well ill leave it at that.

    Performace wise, slow. Thats all i need to say.

    They are extremely basic cars which are ideal for a young driver or someone who isn't after a fancy car but i can't wait until i take the car back to the garage to get my golf.

    The polo i used to own was a basic model which i loved and i was gutted when i sold it for my golf but now i compare the 07 plate to a 55 plate golf and well.....Save your pennies and get something a little better!

  • 1.2 55 E 3dr

    Anne Haymes , Berks . Date: 28/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought a 2000 (X plate) 1.0E in 2005 with about 35,000 on the clock. For the first year it ran OK other than having an ABS sensor light that refused to go out. Day to day running costs are good - it is economical on petrol and servicing has been very reasonable. However, in the last 6 months it has been in the garage every four weeks and has cost me over £1500 in repairs, making it the least economical car I have ever owned, and a virtual economic right off. The problems have included : starter motor/ignition burnt out, clutch gone, drive shaft just dropped off, pedal plate sheared and most recently, suspension gave out whilst parked on the driveway. It has only done 50,000 miles from new. The ABS light still comes on intermittently despite the ABS having been checked several times and the sensor replaced and now it cannot go about 3000 rpm and the exhaust emission warning light is flashing. I will never buy a VW again. Go for the Corsa every time.

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