All Polo models get a height-adjustable driver’s seat, plus a rake and reach-adjustable steering wheel. As a result, most drivers will be able to find a driving position that suits them.
The seat is a little flat and hard, but by class standards it’s not bad, and even long journeys will be tolerable – especially if you add the reasonably priced central armrest that’s optional on SE and SE Design, and standard on higher trims.
The R-Line, BlueGT and GTI models have much more supportive sports seats, although it’s a shame that no Polo model can be specified with adjustable lumbar support.
Volkswagen Polo visibility
The Volkswagen Polo offers the best visibility in this class, with its boxy shape and tall windows providing a great all-round view.
Top-end SEL and GTI models also feature LED headlights that are an unusual standard feature in this class. However, parking sensors are available only as part of a pack, and only from mid-range Bluemotion trim upwards.
It’s a shame you can’t add it to the more sensibly priced SE trim, although this does let you specify a rear-view camera.
Volkswagen Polo infotainment
Even entry-level S trim cars have a 5.0in colour touchscreen, Bluetooth, a DAB radio and an aux input, but it’s worth stepping up to SE for its 6.5in screen. It's the best system in this class, featuring logical menus and responding fairly quickly.
The six-speaker also impresses, delivering good sound quality by the standards of the small car class. Or if you prefer you can upgrade to the special edition Polo Beats, which brings a more powerful 300-watt, seven-speaker system – complete with sub-woofer in the spare wheel well.
Voice control is available at a reasonable cost on SE trim and upwards, but you’d be better off putting the money towards sat-nav, which is a pricier option. Alternatively, you can add the very affordable Car-Net App-Connect system, which allows you to run apps from your phone directly on your car’s screen. You can update the apps, which could include sat-nav, easily, although the factory-fit nav system is more effective.
Volkswagen Polo build quality
Short of an Audi A1 or a Mini, there’s little to rival the Polo for perceived quality at this end of the market. All versions have an impressively upmarket aura with solid-feeling switches and dense, soft-touch plastics covering the dashboard.
Only when you start looking in obscure areas, for example lower down the footwells and underneath the rear seat squabs when you lift them to fold the seats, do you find some obviously cheap materials. To be fair, they’re only what you’d expect of a car in the Polo’s price range.