You might think that everyone is driving an SUV now, but small hatchbacks are still big business – the Volkswagen Polo, for example, features among the top ten most sold cars in the UK year after year, and is also the second biggest seller in the VW range, beaten only by the Golf.
The Polo has always been the Volkswagen Golf’s smaller brother but, with this latest generation, the gap between the two models is narrower than ever. The Polo has grown up considerably, both in interior space and also in character. Add to that a range of fuel-efficient engines and a modern, easy to use interior and you get a better idea as to why so many buyers pick the small VW.
The Polo finds itself in a very tough class with highly-accomplished rivals, such as the sporty Seat Ibiza, sensible Skoda Fabia and super-popular Ford Fiesta. It must also fend off the many small SUVs – including the VW T-Cross which shares the Polo’s platform – that are also aiming to win buyers over with promises of adventurous styling.
You have lots of choice, then. Will the Polo’s grown up character be enough to convince you it’s the one for you? And if so, which engine provides the best balance between performance and running costs? Which trim is the best value for money? Is there enough space for you and your friends inside? We’ll tell you all you need to know over the next few pages.
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