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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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Volkswagen Polo (09-) Hatchback
18 reader reviews for Volkswagen Polo Hatchback.
  • 1.4 TSI 180 GTI 3dr

    Greg Ayres , Somerset . Date: 27/03/2014
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    Having run into a small amount of money, I decided to have an early (mid-30s) mid life crisis and buy something a little bit irresponsible. I absolutely didn't want a car I had to argue with or reign in on an early morning commute but I did want a load of performance when I was in the mood. I suppose I've always been a would be Golf GTi owner but just can't justify that. I looked at a number of options and then saw the Polo GTi. Frankly, the moment I saw the plaid seats, thedetail on the air inlets and the wheels, I wad pretty much sold already. This car is much more that that though. When you just want a comfortable small car (with surprisingly good economy)-that's exactly what it is. When you want to teach the ASBO in the Subaru a thing or two on the bypass though, this thing is insane. In some ways the fairly low key styling makes the car more fun. Other drivers just don't see it coming. As for the DSG gearbox-I think it's incredible-you just point and shoot.

    After around 18 months I have had exactly 0 serious faults. I've had a creak/squeak or two in the cabin, thus the dropped star. Make no mistake, I'm no VW bore, in fact this is my first. I like this car far more than the ten or so I've had before and will probably just buy another in a year or two (if my budget doesn't stretch to the Golf GTi!!). I thought about the equivalent SEAT and Skoda, but here's the thing-this is a little GTi, and they're just not.

  • 1.4 85 SE 5dr

    Campbell Cowan , . Date: 29/07/2013
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    High quality interior that looks great in the showroom, on the road it's a different story. Restless fidgety suspension on anything other than a flat level surface that highlights the short wheelbase. Brakes are grabby and spongy which makes parking uncomfortable the accelerator pedal feels like its attached to a sponge. The DSG gearbox is completely brainless on hills and soon becomes tiring although it does upshifts remarkable smoothly. Steering is too light with no feel. The engine is the best part of the car smooth and willing. Some rust starting to appear on the underside of the bonnet where the supporting panels look awfully light. Not a nice drive then although I have to say I find it better as a passenger when my wife is driving. If this is the best supermini the rest must be awful. A car I dislike driving and not one for a long journey.

  • 1.2 60 S AC 5dr

    Roger Cantwell Date: 12/06/2013
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      51.4

    My car

    It's dull, low-powered and a bit expensive compared to something like a Skoda Fabia, which is much nicer in every respect. You pay for the badge. On the good side, it will just about keep up with traffic when accelerating away from fast dual carriageway roundabouts if you thrash it to 4500rpm between gearchanges, and it will still return the claimed economy of just over 51mpg. The tiny 3-cylinder engine is quiet and the car is quite refined when cruising at 70mph but it makes an unpleasant noise - not loud, just buzzy and edgy - when worked. It doesn't feel at all slow at town speeds.

    Grip is good but there is oodles of body roll in corners and the seats don't stop you sliding around. There isn't much space inside and I'm sure the boot is smaller than in my MX-5. The interior is typical VW, uniformly black with nasty-looking fabrics and the most boring dashboard imaginable. it all works fine and feels logical, though.

    I suppose people buy these for the badge, but a Fabia or a Fiesta is much better. The better residuals are only useful if they offset the higher purchase price, which they probably don't for private buyers. Also, VWs are distinctly average for reliability and in that respect you're much better off with the Skoda.

  • 1.2 60 S 5dr

    Jeff Ward , . Date: 24/05/2013
    • 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
      42

    My car

    Bought this for my son (lucky devil).

    A friend has the 1.2 turbo auto version with leather which is a lovely car so we checked this one out. It took a week to get as it was in stock. Quoted 12 weeks to get a different spec/colour, which seems average for German cars.

    The press reckon the 3 cylinder 1.2 Polo engines are underpowered and noisy. I wholeheartedly disagree. It can sound a little throaty if you gun it but that's no big deal. It cruises very quietly, has easily enough power and accelerates perfectly quickly. The steering is very precise and it's ride is sublime for such a small car - this year's potholes are the worst in memory yet it soaks them up easily (unlike our Alfa Mito or my daughter's Fiat 500).

    The Polo beautifully put together; solid and rattle-free. Very comfy seats and easily enough room for 5 with plenty of boot space. Nice dash, soft plastics, loads of toys and safety features and a great stereo with DAB radio.

    Absolutely brilliant. It is without doubt, the best small car I've ever had (well, ok, it's my son's) and I could not recommend it highly enough.

    Only had it a few weeks so can't vouch for the running costs, reliability or dealer service. We're getting about 42 mpg at the moment but have done only short runs.

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