2017 VW Polo Beats verdict and specs
New Volkswagen Polo Beats gives this popular supermini a much better stereo but some questionable visual upgrades...
Should I buy one?
The Beats slots into the Polo range above the Match trim, adding £950 to the price. However, for that you get the much more powerful stereo and full smartphone integration.
Whether it’s worth the extra really comes down to how much you value these items – and whether you like (or can forgive) the trendy-dad looks. But it’s worth noting that the standard Polo stereo is far from poor, and if you just want Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, these can be added to the Match by specifying the £125 Car-Net App-Connect option.
The Fiesta will cost you £110 more than the Polo, has a horribly dated infotainment system and comes with less kit, but it counters with a stronger engine and sweeter handling. Meanwhile, the Fabia also has less kit than the Polo, but it's cheaper, slightly more practical and classier inside.
What Car? says...
Rated 4 out of 5
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Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI 90 Beats 5dr
Engine size 1.2-litre turbo petrol
Price from £15,685
Torque 118lb ft
Top speed 114mph
Fuel economy (official combined) 60.1mpg
CO2/BIK band 107g/km/18%