For The Volkswagen Polo combines a comfortable ride with secure handling and has one of the classiest interiors of any supermini. Most versions are well priced, too.
Against The entry-level VW Polos get underpowered and noisy 1.2-litre petrol engines. A Ford Fiesta is much more fun to drive.
What Car? says
The Volkswagen Polo isn't as much fun to drive as some supermini rivals, but few are as classy or as comfortable.
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There are 20 Volkswagen Polo versions available
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There’s plenty of choice with engines, but we wouldn't bother with the three-cylinder 1.2 petrols; they’re underpowered and noisy. The 84bhp 1.4 is much more like it – smooth, cheap to run and reasonably affordable – while the 1.2 turbo is even easier to live with, if a bit pricey, and the GTI uses a turbocharged and supercharged 1.4.
The 1.2- and 1.6-litre diesels give good fuel economy, but they’re slow, expensive and noisy. If you’re a company car driver, you’re better off with the petrol Blue GT, which uses clever cylinder shut-off technology to keep CO2 emissions remarkably low.
Entry-level S models miss out on some essentials such as remote locking and air-conditioning. You get both if you go for dearer Match trim, which is our favourite.
SEL cars get a little more kit for a lot more money, so they’re not worth the extra. R Line gets extra kit and sporty aesthetic touches and the GTI model comes with bigger 17-inch alloys and sports suspension.
Reader test team says:
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…
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…
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…
I have the DSG version of this car I'll start off by saying it is a very nice and smooth car to drive, considering it's size. It copes well with…