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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.

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback
44 5stars

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 26 Volkswagen Polo versions available

Hatchback 1.0 60 S 3dr £11,100
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 S 5dr £11,730
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 S AC 3dr £11,820
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 SE 3dr £12,435
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 S AC 5dr £12,450
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 SE 3dr £12,960
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 SE 5dr £13,065
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 SE Design 3dr £13,535
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 90 SE 3dr £13,580
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 SE 5dr £13,590
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 SE Design 3dr £14,060
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 SE Design 5dr £14,165
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 90 SE 5dr £14,210
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TDI 75 SE 3dr £14,645 TBA
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 90 SE Design 3dr £14,680
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 SE Design 5dr £14,690
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TDI 75 SE 5dr £15,275 TBA
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 90 SE Design 5dr £15,310
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 110 SEL 3dr £15,610
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TDI 75 SE Design 3dr £15,745 TBA
Hatchback 1.4 TDI 90 SEL 3dr £16,120 TBA
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 110 SEL 5dr £16,240
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TDI 75 SE Design 5dr £16,375 TBA
Hatchback 1.4 TDI 90 SEL 5dr £16,750 TBA
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 150 ACT BlueGT 3dr £17,710
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 150 ACT BlueGT 5dr £18,340
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

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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