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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

    Michael Caffrey , Cheshire . Date: 29/08/2011
    • 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
      47

    My car

    The Polo is outstanding in almost every area. I’ve owned this car for 6 months now and couldn’t be more satisfied with how it’s performed. The quality is undoubtedly the best thing about this car and no rival can come close to matching the Volkswagen’s desirability.

    The SE spec I went for delivers everything you need whilst the 1.4 engine is both economical and hushed, if a little slow to rev. I’d always recommend going for the five door model as practicality is far superior and getting in and out of the back is much easier for passengers. The boot is perfectly sized and well shaped, and I find the false floor is also a useful addition. The sound system and speakers are particularly brilliant.

    My mpg is good too, with a motorway run easily reaching 50mpg; I normally squeeze 450 miles out of a full tank which is rather impressive as I rarely drive with economy in mind. The Polo drives well enough, although I do find the gear change a little imprecise – especially in comparison to my old Fiesta’s. The engine can become fairly vocal at times, too, but wind and road noise are very well subdued.

    All in all, the Polo is brilliant and far better than any of its rivals. Cars are never flawless, but the Polo comes very close to being the ideal supermini transport. A great all-rounder and an easy five star rating.

  • 1.2 70 SE 5dr

    Ben Lau , ESSEX . Date: 10/07/2011
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      54

    My car

    I have owned the 1.2 SE 5 Door for just over 4 months now and I must say its been superb. The engine does initially appear to be noisy but after you move off you and once on the motorway, you hardly notice any noise. The cabin is well built and the materials used are those you expect to find in a much more expensive car. The ride quality is very good and although mine has only 70 bhp it feels much quicker.

  • 1.4 85 SE 5dr

    Ben Haywood , . Date: 10/04/2011
    • 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
      45

    My car

    This is a brilliant car. Don't consider it as a rival to, say, a Fiesta or a Corsa as it's in a completely different league for quality, image and desirability. The car looks spot on, too, and will age a lot better than it's mainstream rivals.

    As I've said, the car's quality is unbelievable, especially for the supermini sector and this lower price range. It's sure to stand the test of time and feels very safe and solid, as with most VWs.

    I'm averaging a very decent MPG and the tax isn't too expensive per year, either. I went for the five door so practicality is good and the flat-folding rear seats have already come in very useful.

    The drive is good, albeit not as grippy as a Fiesta's, but the ride is much more comfortable and a much better prospect for every day life. One thing I would suggest is to completely avoid any engine below the 1.4 - even this engine struggles at times so I can imagine the 1.2 is painfully slow.

    All in all, an easy 5 stars. In my eyes this car has no rivals; it's the obvious choice.

  • 1.4 85 SE 5dr

    Paul Tasker , West Yorks . Date: 03/04/2011
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    Hired this car on holiday for 2 weeks. Best hire car I have ever driven because its so easy to drive. Having hired focus's and fiat grande puntos in Europe before i always found learning to drive a new left hand drive car challenging. The polo just felt immediately right. Like everything was in the perfect place. I was driving like I was in the UK in my own car in minutes. I've owned a polo before, a 1995 model that was car of the year and this is a quantum leap forward. Feels like a slightly smaller golf. Interior is very high quality and all the controls have a well engineered feel. Putting the car into reverse was no problem and the clutch was perfectly weighted. Very easy to drive. Praise also for the ride quality. Owning an alfa mito at the moment it certainly puts how firm the ride of this is in context. The polo soaked up bumps like a bigger car. The engine was also refined. I would not go below 1.4 in terms of engine unless its a TSI, avoid 3 cylinder 1.2, as this car (the 1.4 85BHP)felt quite underpowered. Often had to change down a gear to get up hills. If most driving is in town,perfectly adequate overtaking might require lots of planning. Now for main complaints. It isn't much fun in the bends. The steering whilst light and effortless is too light. No feel at all. Doesn't seem to want to corner enthusiastically it just rolls and understeers. Now back in mito and fun factor is back. But at the end of a long tough week I'd rather have the comfy ride of the polo.

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