Volkswagen Polo review

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Volkswagen Polo
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11 Dec 2015 12:42 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 16:43

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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, it's the second biggest seller in the VW range behind the Golf.

But the Polo 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 opponents.

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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. And, remember, if you want to buy a Polo, then don't forget to check out our new car deals by clicking here.

 

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There are 7 trims available for the Polo hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
S
Air conditioning, electric front windows, an 8.0in colour touchscreen infotainment system and automatic emergency braking will feature on every Polo...View trim
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SE
Mid-range SE adds 15in alloys, electric rear windows and a leather steering wheel, as well as superior infotainment. This is our pick...View trim
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Beats
As with its other models, Volkswagen offers a special-edition Polo that gets a bespoke appearance and an upgraded Beats audio system. However, for us, SE remains the pick of the range...View trim
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R Line
R-line trim adds bigger alloy wheels and a sportier bodykit. Unless you love the looks, we’d stick with SE...View trim
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SEL
SEL adds features such as leather surfaces inside, ambient lighting and equipment such as parking sensors. However, we believe the best value is with SE...View trim
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GTI
The regular Polo GTI is decently equipped, with air conditioning, front and rear parking sensors and 17in alloy wheels all standard. We haven’t sampled the optional 18in wheels to be able to tell y...View trim
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GTI+
The GTI+ carries a fairly hefty premium over the regular GTI, but you get plenty of extra luxuries, including automatic LED headlights, tinted rear windows, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise con...View trim
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