Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
The Polo is among the roomiest small cars. Tall adults will have plenty of head room in the front and, if you slide the front seats back on their runners, there's loads of leg room, too.
The Polo’s interior is also impressively broad for a car in this class, so there’s no danger of you rubbing shoulders with your front passenger. In fact, you’ll find more space in the latest Polo than in a Volkswagen Golf from just a few years ago. Talk about progress.
Beyond that, you can cram quite a bit in the Polo's front door bins, the glovebox is a reasonable size and there’s a handy cubby in front of the gearlever that's ideal for stowing a wallet, smartphone and keys.
The Polo is surprisingly roomy in the back, too; a pair of six-foot adults will fit with leg and head room to spare. Predictably, as with most small cars, sitting three adults side by side will be a squeeze, but the Polo is still better than a Seat Ibiza, Ford Fiesta or a Peugeot 208 in this regard.
When it comes to storage in the back, each door has a generous-sized bin, and you'll find good-sized pockets on the backs of the front seats. There's no centre rear armrest, though.
Seat folding and flexibility
Go for entry-level S trim and the entire rear seatback folds down in one big piece, so you can't carry rear passengers and long loads (such as a large set of golf clubs) at the same time. Choose SE trim or above and this rudimentary arrangement is replacement by rear seatbacks with a 60/40 split.
You get a height-adjustable front passenger seat on all trim levels, although there's no option to have a folding front passenger seat to carry extra-long loads.
The Polo has one of the biggest boots in the class – bigger than those of the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia and Peugeot 208 and roughly on a par with the Seat Ibiza's. The Polo’s load bay is usefully square in shape, too, because the wheel arches don’t protrude into the boot.
Aside from S and Beats trim (and the GTI models), all Polos come with a height-adjustable boot floor as standard. Slot this into its highest position and there's barely any lip at the boot entrance, nor is there a step in the floor of the extended load bay when the rear seats are folded down.
Go for Beats trim and you'll find the boot floor permanently set to this position to accommodate a subwoofer below. This means there's a lot less room for luggage.