What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Style; solid build; resale values

Against Pricey to buy; average to drive

Verdict Classy and compact – a dependable car with plenty of cachet

Go for… 1.2 (69bhp) Match 5dr

Avoid… 1.9 TDI

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback
  • 1. The Polo is more about comfort than thrills, and the supple suspension provides a compliant ride in both town and on faster roads. The steering and controls are light, and help make low-speed manoeuvr
  • 2. You'll need to work the smaller petrol engines hard to make decent progress, and the diesel engines can sound gruff when pushed.
  • 3. Servicing costs and insurance are higher than they are for many rivals, but you can save money by using one of the many cheaper independent Volkswagen specialist garages.
  • 4. The interior generally feels durable, although the dashboard can rattle, especially around the centre console.
  • 5. Look for damaged paint – particularly stone chips and, in some cases, whole flakes peeling away. Bumpers and wheelarches are most venerable, so check these carefully.
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