Volkswagen Polo review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 right cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 left cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 left static
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior driver display
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 boot open
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 right cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 left cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 left static
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior driver display
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Polo 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The entry-level Volkswagen Polo is cheaper as a cash buy than the Renault Clio. It does come in more expensive than the Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia but it's predicted to hold on to its value better than any of those rivals, which makes PCP finance deals surprisingly attractive.

In any case, you’ll pay less for the Polo than for the hybrid-powered Honda Jazz or Toyota Yaris, or the premium Audi A1

Volkswagen Polo 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

The Polo didn’t fare well for reliability in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing below all of its rivals except the Ford Fiesta. Volkswagen as a manufacturer did slightly better, but still only managed 20th position out of the 30 brands included. That puts it above Peugeot and Ford, but below Skoda, Renault, Seat and Audi. 

The Polo comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard, as well as the option of extending the warranty to four or five years for a reasonable price. That's par for the course, but if you want better cover, Hyundai and Renault offer five-year warranties as standard, while Kia offers a seven-year warranty.

Overview

The VW Polo is a huge seller and it isn't hard to see why. It's a great all-rounder: smart and roomy inside, comfortable to sit in and good to drive. While it’s pricier to buy outright than some rivals, that’s largely offset by competitive monthly finance rates and strong resale values. However, hybrid rivals offer better fuel economy and the closely related Skoda Fabia is even more comfortable and refined.

  • Good to drive
  • Generous interior space
  • Attractive PCP finance deals
  • Ford Fiesta is more fun to drive
  • Gutless entry-level petrol
  • Standard safety kit could be better
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