I have the DSG version of this car
I'll start off by saying it is a very nice and smooth car to drive, considering it's size. It copes well with motorways, A-roads and city driving.
It has reasonably enough power to get you out of trouble provided that you make good use of the drop gear button at the end of the throttle pedal, and that you don't have more than three occupants (including yourself) in the car.
Now to the handling. The simple fact is that it has quite a bit of body lean, when dealing with turns at 30ish mph you can feel the body tipping over to one side, accompanied by the good old tyre squeal! The body lean also makes it quite difficult to dodge from say, one direction to another. But to be fair, it's not terrible and the car obviously hasn't been designed to be driven that way as i believe the designers put the most emphasis on fuel economy and comfort.
The steering doesn't provide much feedback (this doesn't bother me though), and it also uses an electric motor for the power steering which effectively turns off once you get going, thus causing the inconsistent feeling of the steering getting stiffer when moving, and lighter when slow/stationary.
Here's a few design faults .Windscreen wiper wont lift up whist in the down position (blocked by bonnet) .Gear knob on DSG model blocks cup holder when in "Park" position .3door version driver seat headrest hits horn when forward to let passengers in/out .DSG gearbox had one day it kept shuddering
It is now a month since I took delivery of the Polo Blue GT140 and what can I say it is probably one of the most astonishing small cars on the road 0-60 in under 8 seconds, 130mph, £20 RFL and easily 50+ to the gallon, just driving locally it is registering 45+ per gallon and it is still loosening up and I'm not driving like Miss Daisy. I brought the car by description only, in brochure and reading about it on line, yes it is on the pricey side but the savings in RFL and Fuel certainly make up for the initial cost. If you want a car that makes you smile everytime you drive it, this is the one for you. The acceleration in 2&3rd is quite breathtaking and yet the car is so discreet people think it's a Polo, it certainly is but a very special one. The cost mainly is down to the ACT 'Active Cylinder Technology' which effectively shuts down cylinders 2 and 3 when cruising and under little load on engine, it quite happily cruises in 6th at 70MPH on only two cylinders, you don't need to be a genius to work out how much fuel you are saving, put you foot down and the change from 2 to 4 cylinders is pretty much seamless and off she flies! Sport seats are comfy and supportive, reasonable room for 4 adults, good size boot and a very impressive dash layout. After 30+ years of Fords (4 Focus since 1999) something special would need drag me away from the blue oval and this little terrier was it. There are faster small cars and there more frugal small cars but the Polo Blue GT does both!
My Polo is a company lease car which I selected due to the low lease costs, possibly due to high residuals later. The Bluemotion came out more expensive due to higher list price and had much less kit anyway. At first I was quite shocked at the lack of power particularly at low revs, but after 9 months (has finally loosened up) it is really good, especially when the turbo kicks in. The gear ratios are not as long as the Bluemotion (they are long enough) which makes it brisker. It is no 1.6TDi but feels like you would expect the 1.4 to feel which it replaced. I am very pleased with the smoothness of the 3 cylinder unit, it is very sweet and free revving and does not rattle. It does rattle into life first thing when cranking up but that is all. The only minus is the steering which is a bit wooley, takes some getting used to but the handling is ok. Inside it is very well trimmed, the Match model is very well specked, rear electric windows, rear privacy glass, spare wheel, split level boot, USB connection on stereo in glove box. It is very comfy and well made and solid. The fuel consumption has also improved slightly as it has run in, but be aware it is nowhere near that as specified on paper. The mixed 72MPG is only really achievable on the motorway or long runs. More realistically I get around 58-62MPG on the mixed, with more like 52-55MPG in more local winter driving. It's still good compared to the 1.4 petrol unit is seems. Overall I'm very pleased with the whole package.
I acquired a new VW Polo 1.2 last November and it has been SHOCKINGLY UNRELIABLE! I have just left a dealer after my 4TH visit for repairs. 1st: engine mgmt electics failure. 2nd: lighting circuit failure and 3rd: paint flaking off poorly painted rear bumper - the factory forgot to apply the undercoat. 4th: washer motor failure. Furthermore, the deadlock doesn't disengage properly, meaning the bootlid often doesn't close properly, requiring several attempts to close and lock. MY ADVICE? DO NOT BUY A VOLKSWAGEN POLO!
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