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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 Entry-level Polos get underpowered and noisy 1.2-litre petrol engines. A Ford Fiesta is much more fun to drive.

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback
44 5stars

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’s plenty of choice with engines, but we wouldn't bother with the three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol models; they’re underpowered and noisy. The 84bhp 1.4 is much more like it – smooth, pretty economical and reasonably affordable – while the 1.2 turbo is even easier to live with, if a bit pricey. There's also a turbocharged and supercharged 1.4 in the GTI.

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 sporty aesthetic touches, and the GTI model comes with bigger 17-inch alloys and sports suspension.

Reader test team says:

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.2 TDI 75 Match 5dr

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…

Justin Swords

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.4 85 SEL 5dr

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…

Jonathan Lucas

4 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.4 TSI 180 GTI 3dr

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…

Greg Ayres

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.4 85 SE 5dr

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…

Campbell Cowan

2 out of 5 stars
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