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 28 Volkswagen Polo versions available

Hatchback 1.0 60 S 3dr £11,300
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 S 5dr £11,930
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 S AC 3dr £12,020
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 SE 3dr £12,635
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 S AC 5dr £12,650
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 SE 3dr £13,160
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 SE 5dr £13,265
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 SE Design 3dr £13,735
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 90 SE 3dr £13,780
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 SE 5dr £13,790
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 SE Design 3dr £14,260
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 60 SE Design 5dr £14,365
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 90 SE 5dr £14,410
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TDI 75 SE 3dr £14,845 TBA
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 90 SE Design 3dr £14,880
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0 75 SE Design 5dr £14,890
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TDI 75 SE 5dr £15,475 TBA
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 90 SE Design 5dr £15,510
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TDI 75 SE Design 3dr £15,945 TBA
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 110 SEL 3dr £16,310
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TDI 75 SE Design 5dr £16,575 TBA
Hatchback 1.4 TDI 90 SEL 3dr £16,820 TBA
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 110 SEL 5dr £16,940
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TDI 90 SEL 5dr £17,450 TBA
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 150 ACT BlueGT 3dr £17,910
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 150 ACT BlueGT 5dr £18,540
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 TSI 192 GTI 3dr £18,900
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 TSI 192 GTI 5dr £19,530
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

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,…

David Munday

3 out of 5 stars

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
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