It’s offered with a broader mix of engines than most, however. They include 1.0, 1.2, 1.4 and 1.8-litre petrols (most of them turbocharged). It’s a line-up that should cover every requirement from cheap and frugal, to fast and fun.
A 1.4 diesel in two power outputs also caters for those who value economy over everything else, although it’s the refined petrol models that really make sense. Refinement is one of the VW’s strengths in a class of typically quite noisy cars. It’s interior, too, feels solidly put together and classier than any rival.
As long as you avoid the expensive, higher spec cars, the Polo is a great small car that is safe, easy and enjoyable to drive, as well as practical. It also promises high resale values to offset what can seem like a high purchase price.
If you’re in the market for a small car, the Polo is one of the best. Read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions, along with our recommendations for the trim levels and engines to choose.