For The Polo is refined, competitively priced and has a plush-feeling cabin. Its resale values and infotainment system are excellent.
Against Some rivals have more rear-seat space, the low-speed ride is a little fidgety, and the 1.0-litre petrol engines feel underpowered outside of town.
What Car? says
The Volkswagen Polo is one of the best small cars around. Few other superminis feel as grown up or classy, and while it’s not the most fun to drive, it’s refined and easy to live with.
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There are 28 Volkswagen Polo versions available
Target Price team says:
There are plenty of engines to choose from, but we’d go for the smooth and eager 1.2-litre petrol turbo. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrols are refined at low revs and will happily cruise at 70mph, although it’ll take you a while to get there. The 1.4-litre model is pretty quick, but it’s also expensive to buy.
The diesels offer excellent fuel economy, but they cost a lot more than the petrols, so be absolutely sure the smaller fuel bills will be worth the extra you pay for the car up front.
Entry-level S models miss out on essentials such as air-conditioning and remote central locking, so we’d go for SE trim, which gets these along with alloy wheels and height-adjustable front seats. SEL cars get a little more kit for a lot more money, so they’re not worth the extra.
Reader test team says:
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…
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,…
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…
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…