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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 TSI ACT Blue GT 5dr

    Vince Jackson , West Sussex . Date: 07/03/2013
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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!

  • 1.2 TDI 75 Match 5dr

    Stuart Leatherbarrow , Chester . Date: 14/02/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    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.

  • 1.2 60 Match 5dr

    Christian Rayner , Londonshire . Date: 27/12/2012
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    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!

  • 1.2 TDI 75 Bluemotion 5dr

    Ian Ferguson , . Date: 27/06/2012
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      70

    My car

    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

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