The Volkswagen Polo is a premium supermini, and a rival for the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Renault Clio. Its premium image attracts a premium price, though, with the range starting from £11,525. That said, this is still one of the best models in this market.
We like the Polo because of its great interior quality, the breadth of its engine range and its long-distance refinement.
Should you buy a Volkswagen Polo, then? Here are five reasons why we think you should.
5 reasons to buy a Volkswagen Polo
5. Low-end cars make the most sense
Rather than splashing out on a top-end version, our favourite model is the Polo Match. It's far from sparse, and gives you air conditioning, 15in alloy wheels, remote central locking and a multi-function steering wheel.
4. Quality interior
3. Useful rear space
You'll find more rear leg room than in rivals like the Peugeot 208, and the boot is usefully large, too. If you opt for Match trim you also get an adjustable boot floor - something most small cars don't come with.
2. Quiet on the road
The Polo is very refined, and there's very little wind and road noise at speed. The smaller engines, and in particular the 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrols, are also very smooth and quiet.
1. Economical petrol power
Our favourite Polo engine is the 1.2-litre petrol - it's smooth revving, reasonably priced and offers genuinely impressive fuel economy. VW says you should expect upwards of 60mpg without trying too hard.
The Polo is great if you want a premium choice, but be aware that many of its closes rivals, and in particular the excellent Ford Fiesta, are significantly cheaper. Curtain airbags are also a cost option, where most rivals have them as standard.
What about buying used?
The previous Polo, launched in 2009, is another likeable car that effectively distills all that we like about its larger sibling, the Golf, down into a smaller package.
Like the current Polo, the main drawback is that buying one is usually more expensive than buying one of its rivals, even if the Polo is a much more premium vehicle. High-mileage examples from this era start from as little as £2000, but you can find good examples for around £3500 without too much trouble.
The Polo is generally a very reliable car. The front tyres can wear quickly, so pay attention if you go for a test drive, and if you find a 1.4-litre petrol car make sure the dealer service action has been carried out - these cars required their ECUs to be reprogrammed.
Be aware that 1.6-litre diesel versions of the car also had a fault that lead to stalling at junctions, while the 1.2-litre petrol had a problem with its EGR valve. Servicing costs are lower than those of many rival cars, while resale values are strong.
Click here to find out more about the Volkswagen Polo, or click here to see the used cars for sale through What Car? Classifieds.
Our recommendation: 1.2 TSI SE 3dr
Got a motoring question? Our experts are standing by to help, just tweet us your question using #askwhatcar
For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals from What Car?, sign up to our weekly newsletter here