How to spec a Volkswagen Polo

Our guide to Volkswagen's small hatchback covers which options to consider, which to avoid and how much to pay for it all...

How to spec a Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo

The latest Volkswagen Polo has a tough job on its hands, because it has to compete against both the Seat Ibiza – which we named as our Small Car of the Year at the 2018 What Car? awards – and the Skoda Fabia, which was our previous class champion. And that's not to mention the UK's best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta, too.

Still, the Polo makes a good case for itself, with quiet road manners, a comfortable ride, generous interior space and interior quality which puts some other cars in this class to shame.

As always, our full 16-point review can tell you how well the Polo fares, but if you're already sold on the idea of a Polo, which version should you buy?

We recommend Volkswagen's 94bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine for its peppy performance, which feels perfectly suited to urban roads yet isn't outmatched on the motorway. Our favourite trim is SE, which gets you 15in alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel and electric rear windows. The Polo's options list includes many luxuries that you normally wouldn't expect to find in this class, so here's what we'd choose.

Convenience Pack (£450)

Convenience Pack (£450)

This upgrade brings a plethora of handy equipment, including automatic lights and wipers, front fog lights and folding door mirrors which are also heated – perfect for those frosty mornings. The passenger's door mirror also dips to give you a view of the kerb while reversing, which should save any damage to your alloy wheels.

Front centre armrest (£135)

Front centre armrest (£135)

Picture the scene: you've got a long drive ahead of you and you'd like somewhere to rest your elbows. At this point, you'll be glad that you specified this front armrest, which also contains a handy storage compartment for your odds and ends.

Discover Navigation (£650)

Discover Navigation (£650)

Sat-nav only comes as standard in the Polo on SEL cars, so this upgrade is well worth your money. It offers dynamic route planning, 3D mapping across Europe and can even show you live traffic updates or the price of fuel at your local petrol station. It's easy to use, too, with menus which are easy to navigate and memorise.

Park Assist (£435)

Park Assist (£435)

Front and rear parking sensors on the Polo will cost you £315 on their own, but we'd spend a little more and get Volkswagen's self-parking system do the job for you. The set-up also includes a graphic displayed on the car's infotainment screen showing how close you are to surrounding objects.

Pre-crash prevention (£140)

Volkswagen Polo front

Every Polo comes with automatic emergency braking as standard, but if an accident is unavoidable, the pre-crash system can shut the car's windows and sunroof (if fitted), tighten the seatbelts and even prepare the brakes to lessen the effect of an impact.

Style pack (£200)

Volkswagen Polo style pack

Volkswagen offers a style pack for SE Polos which includes new interior trim in different materials and colours and sports seats, but since the standard car has a high quality interior to begin with, it's an unnecessary upgrade.

How to buy your perfect Volkswagen Polo

How to buy your perfect Volkswagen Polo

So that's how we'd spec a Volkswagen Polo, and below is how much it will cost you:

Model: 1.0 TSI 95 SE List price: £16,110 Target Price: £15,108 Options we'd choose: Convenience Pack (£450), Front centre armrest (£135), Pre-crash prevention (£140), Discover Navigation (£650), Park Assist (£435) Cost of recommended options: £1810

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