Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI Life 5dr Review

Category: Small car

Section: Version review

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  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 right cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 left cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 left static
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior driver display
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 boot open
RRP £19,795What Car? Target Price£18,944
Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors

The VW Polo is a huge seller and it isn't hard to see why. It's a great all-rounder: smart and roomy inside, comfortable to sit in and good to drive. While it’s pricier to buy outright than some rivals, that’s largely offset by competitive monthly finance rates and strong resale values. However, hybrid rivals offer better fuel economy and the closely related Skoda Fabia is even more comfortable and refined.

Entry-level Life trim is actually our pick of the bunch. That’s because it keeps costs down but still gives you a good amount of kit, which includes 15in alloy wheels, manual air conditioning, rain sensing wipers, an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring and an auto-dimming rear view mirror. For extra comfort, we’d advise adding the reasonably priced adjustable lumbar support.

Our favourite Polo engine gives you 94bhp to play with and offers plenty of shove from low revs. It really shines when you’re driving around town, where it feels suitably nippy, but is more than happy at motorway speeds. It actually makes the more powerful 1.0 TSI 110, that’s available with the R-Line trim, look like an unnecessary expense.


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Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH10.8 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL

Available colours

MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

54.3

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

351

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

118

g/km