I have a 90 mile round trip commute every day. I figured that I needed a much more efficient car, so I went for this one.
This is a car built for a purpose - fuel efficiency. This is what it does well. Commuting I am getting 70mpg, however on a longer run, I achieved 79MPG on a 550 mile drive through scotland, the motorway portion of this I calculated as being 89MPG. This wasn't going too fast and constant speed on cruise control.
The downside of this is that the car can be quite slow, especially when accelerating uphill. This is a small price to pay. It can be nippy if you go into higher revs, but this wouldn't be fuel efficient.
The car feels well built, and the features are pretty good (especially the cruise control and trip computer). It could have done with bluetooth as standard - especially on a car that is ideal for munching up miles on the motorway.
The cabin is very comfortable, and there is enough space for the driver and a front passenger. There is plenty of space for rear passengers if your front passengers aren't too tall (or the rear ones aren't). The front arm rest is useful.
The two issues I have with the interior is that the rear view mirror is so low down, it can impair visibility. The B pillars also cause problems for visibility with the seats right back.
Overall, fantastic car if you are doing a lot of miles on motorways and good A roads. If you are driving around the town, or don't do that many miles, the bluemotion polo will
I hired this car in Spain for a week and drove about 300 miles including two 1.5 hour drives.
I understand it's quite an expensive car and as such I do not rate the interior plastics in the cabin highly. Considering it's trying to be a more up market car (over the Fiesta for example) the quality of the interior plastics are not the best (say for example, over the Golf MK4 which I owned from new and was the same price as this 10 years ago). The leather steering wheel feels nice though.
The drive though is very nice and assured, excellent cornering and good acceleration when needed, fantastic economy and good (but not the best) all round visibility. The brakes are quite sharp and sudden and needed to be treated fairly gently. The seats are comfortable (lumbar support would have been nice) but the angle of the headrests cannot be adjusted, the can only go up or down.
I noticed one element from the old Golf MK4 is used on this car, the door handles are the same!
Would I buy? If VW threw in some extras such as steering wheel controls, climatic aircon over the manual aircon and DAB digital radio, yes!
I drove one of these cars when I was on holiday in South Africa. I usually drive a much more powerful diesel car in the UK so was interested in seeing what this car would be like. I had driven a Polo as a courtesy car when my car was in the bodyshop in the UK but I'm not sure which version it was. The one in South Africa which belonged to my niece was quite well specced - it had air conditioning and in a Cape Town summer one needs it. I found it quite nippy in town traffic but one had to use the gears to get good performance especially on hills. On the motorway it lacked acceleration in 5th gear (now I know why I have a bigger diesel car!) - on the equivalent of A-roads one has to plan one's overtaking manouvres. Although I didn't test economy it didn't seem to use much petrol - nor did the one I had as a courtesy car in the UK. A pleasant small car which I would happily recommend to anyone looking for a car of this type - appeared to be well assembled and is economical. And no, my main car isn't a VW or an Audi. Ignore the MPG I didn't measure it but I can't submit this review unless I put in a figure.
Bought the Polo new in October 2011. I used to own a Golf Match and was expecting a similar level of equipment, this isn't the case with the Polo. No automatic lights, wipers or rear view dimming mirror. In fact cruise control is extra! However, the car is fantastic to drive and operate. Everything is well laid out and the sound system is excellent. It's a minature Golf in every sense. Well built with a good solid feel. Typical German engineering.I bought it with the 7speed DSG box ( my Golf had the 6speed) and truly can't fault the transmission at all. Its a joy and makes driving so easy. So is there anything bad about this car? Just two gripes. The door pockets are narrow and its difficult to grap objects with your hand. You have to slide them across to the slightly wider part of the pocket to be able to get at them. Secondly the numb USB device in the glovebox. Its on a lead that you plug into! Why not just have a slot on the fascia or down by the gearshift?
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I have run this car as a courtesy car for three weeks. Good points are good build quality and solid interior. Seats and driving position are good and…
Ive had this car for one year now and so far has exeeded my expectations. The car is great at overtaking lorries on the motorway and handles very…