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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Volkswagen Polo (09-) Hatchback
22 reader reviews for Volkswagen Polo Hatchback.
  • 1.2 60 S 5dr

    PETER REED , CHESHIRE . Date: 19/09/2015
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    This is my second Polo had a 2013 1.2 Match before which was slow but I still got 42 mpg from it & sold it after 12 months for a Ford which was a mistake. Cabin quality just doesn't match up to the Polo, purchased a 1.2 TSI 110 SEL just over two weeks ago now what a car! 45 mpg without even trying, xenon lights, cruise control, multi media touch screen all work brilliantly & great performance this car easily keeps up with traffic & will sit at 70 mph doing about 2500 rpm my friends 1.2 Corsa is doing nearly 4000rpm at the same speed & doing 12 mpg less! My partner has a 2015 VW Golf 1.6 TDI Match which again is a brilliant car that i would also recommend we have both had Ford's & Vauxhall's before but both the cars we have now are far better & the car looks really good in the blue I have gone for, the Polo might be a 6 year old design now but it doesn't feel it the interior, engine & brilliant multi media brought in with the facelift last year have brought the car right up to date as a bonus VW dealers have some great offers at the moment.

  • 1.2 TDI 75 Match 5dr

    David Munday Date: 17/10/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      52

    My car

    Average. Everything is average, it drives ok, it brakes ok, nothing has broken in 3 years, yet I am glad to hand it back. It averages around 50MPG, and is very noisy, painfully so on motorways. The engine is underpowered & trying to reverse up an incline requires you to slip the clutch or it will stall. It's worst failing in my eyes is one nobody seems to mention, it is very narrow, as a driver you get little space, the passenger is on top of you, you cannot traverse speed humps in the middle of roads at the speed of other traffic, the cars track is too narrow. There are many better cars & I am surprised it gets 4* reviews, it is a 3* car.

  • 1.2 TDI 75 Match 5dr

    Justin Swords , . Date: 02/07/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    Bought this car to replace my previous 1.2 TDI Bluemotion that unfortunately was written off. Great car to drive, good handling and low road noise on motorway journeys. Good spec, DAB radio, cruise control, parking sensors as standard. Deceptively large boot especially with the split rear seats folded down. Managed to transport a 46" plasma tv last weekend AND a baby in a car seat with the seats folded down. My only gripes are very minor. The economy isnt as good as the Bluemotion, a good 10mpg less real world, tho still getting 60mpg. Second gripe is if you get your gear changes/revs wrong there is zero power and you can really struggle to accelerate. I found this also with the Bluemotion that the gear ratios were insane, you could easily do 50 in second, the engine likes low gears.

  • 1.4 85 SEL 5dr

    Jonathan Lucas , . Date: 26/06/2014
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      41

    My car

    I've owned this version of the Polo for three years since new and it provides effective and hassle-free (albeit unexciting) transport. The car looks smart in SEL trim with 16 inch wheels and the interior is very solid with no significant rattles at three years old. Interior space is fine in the front but a bit cramped in the back for adults. It generally has a very high quality feel for a supermini and I've not experienced any serious faults.

    It's main weaknesses are on the road. I find the (now replaced) 1.4 engine gutless off the line, with a narrow power band that only arrives above 2,500 RPM. This makes it quite hard work to drive at times in urban traffic. The ride quality on 16 inch wheels is also fairly poor on London roads, feeling brittle and uncomfortable. The steering is very direct, but also too light, and the car leans quite heavily into corners for a supermini. It's at its best on the motorway, where the engine is in its power band and the ride smoother.

    I general I feel the Polo, like most VWs, is a car for those who aren't interested in cars other than as functional transport appliances. In these terms it's a high quality product, but I will look elsewhere for my next car.

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