UK car buyers may be going crazy for SUVs, but small hatchbacks are still big business and the Volkswagen Polo is certainly very important to its maker. Indeed, one in every four cars sold by the VW in the UK in 2016 was, you guessed it, a Polo.
But it has a very tough class in which to compete: the new Seat Ibiza has moved the game on, stealing the crown of our previous class leader, the Skoda Fabia. And beyond these two standout rivals, there are many other small car opponents.
Read on to see if the Polo has what it takes to rise to the top, as we tell you what it’s like to drive, sit in, live with and own.