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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For You get a classy image, reasonable running costs and good residuals

Against There's little standard kit, and others are more enjoyable to drive

Verdict A little car with a strong, big image

Go for… The 1.4 16v

Avoid… Early 1.0 cars (before 1996)

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback
  • 1. Check for signs of impending head gasket failure, such as gunk under the oil filler cap
  • 2. The suspension and axles are common causes of warranty claims
  • 3. Choose the more practical five-door model over the three-door - the premium's worth it
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