What Car? says...
The Volkswagen Polo has always been highly regarded but very much sat under the shadow cast by its bigger brother. You know the one we’re talking about, of course, the icon Volkswagen Golf. But this latest generation is finding the spotlight, having brought the gap between the two models closer than ever.
That's because the Polo has grown up considerably over the years. Today’s model is bigger than ever and better to drive, too. Add to that a range of fuel-efficient engines and a modern, classy interior, and it's hardly surprising that it's such a huge seller, and a winner of our coveted Small Car of the Year award.
The Polo finds itself in a very tough class, though. There are some seriously accomplished rivals out there in the small car class, and they’re also getting stronger and stronger. These include the big-selling Ford Fiesta, the sporty Seat Ibiza, the chic Renault Clio and the comfort-focused Peugeot 208.
And the Volkswagen Polo has tended to bridge the gap between the more affordable end of the small car class and the premium models at the pricier end, which include the closely related Audi A1 and Mini 5dr.
In this review, we'll tell you how the Polo stacks up against those alternatives in all the key areas, and we'll also fill you in on which engine and trim level make the most sense.
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