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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
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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21 reader reviews for Volkswagen Polo Hatchback.
  • 1.4 85 SE 5dr

    Campbell Cowan , . Date: 29/07/2013
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    High quality interior that looks great in the showroom, on the road it's a different story. Restless fidgety suspension on anything other than a flat level surface that highlights the short wheelbase. Brakes are grabby and spongy which makes parking uncomfortable the accelerator pedal feels like its attached to a sponge. The DSG gearbox is completely brainless on hills and soon becomes tiring although it does upshifts remarkable smoothly. Steering is too light with no feel. The engine is the best part of the car smooth and willing. Some rust starting to appear on the underside of the bonnet where the supporting panels look awfully light. Not a nice drive then although I have to say I find it better as a passenger when my wife is driving. If this is the best supermini the rest must be awful. A car I dislike driving and not one for a long journey.

  • 1.2 60 S AC 5dr

    Roger Cantwell Date: 12/06/2013
    • 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
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      51.4

    My car

    It's dull, low-powered and a bit expensive compared to something like a Skoda Fabia, which is much nicer in every respect. You pay for the badge. On the good side, it will just about keep up with traffic when accelerating away from fast dual carriageway roundabouts if you thrash it to 4500rpm between gearchanges, and it will still return the claimed economy of just over 51mpg. The tiny 3-cylinder engine is quiet and the car is quite refined when cruising at 70mph but it makes an unpleasant noise - not loud, just buzzy and edgy - when worked. It doesn't feel at all slow at town speeds.

    Grip is good but there is oodles of body roll in corners and the seats don't stop you sliding around. There isn't much space inside and I'm sure the boot is smaller than in my MX-5. The interior is typical VW, uniformly black with nasty-looking fabrics and the most boring dashboard imaginable. it all works fine and feels logical, though.

    I suppose people buy these for the badge, but a Fabia or a Fiesta is much better. The better residuals are only useful if they offset the higher purchase price, which they probably don't for private buyers. Also, VWs are distinctly average for reliability and in that respect you're much better off with the Skoda.

  • 1.2 60 S 5dr

    Jeff Ward , . Date: 24/05/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    Bought this for my son (lucky devil).

    A friend has the 1.2 turbo auto version with leather which is a lovely car so we checked this one out. It took a week to get as it was in stock. Quoted 12 weeks to get a different spec/colour, which seems average for German cars.

    The press reckon the 3 cylinder 1.2 Polo engines are underpowered and noisy. I wholeheartedly disagree. It can sound a little throaty if you gun it but that's no big deal. It cruises very quietly, has easily enough power and accelerates perfectly quickly. The steering is very precise and it's ride is sublime for such a small car - this year's potholes are the worst in memory yet it soaks them up easily (unlike our Alfa Mito or my daughter's Fiat 500).

    The Polo beautifully put together; solid and rattle-free. Very comfy seats and easily enough room for 5 with plenty of boot space. Nice dash, soft plastics, loads of toys and safety features and a great stereo with DAB radio.

    Absolutely brilliant. It is without doubt, the best small car I've ever had (well, ok, it's my son's) and I could not recommend it highly enough.

    Only had it a few weeks so can't vouch for the running costs, reliability or dealer service. We're getting about 42 mpg at the moment but have done only short runs.

  • 1.2 60 S 5dr

    Rodney Lee , . Date: 04/05/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    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

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