Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
The Volkswagen 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 more leg room than you’ll find in a Renault Clio or Toyota Yaris.
The Polo’s interior is also broader than the Clio’s and Peugeot 208’s, 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. Only the Honda Jazz offers more.
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 is a bit of a squeeze, but the Polo is still slightly better at this than the Seat Ibiza and the Ford Fiesta. If you want even more space for your rear passengers, look at Tardis-like Honda Jazz
When it comes to storage space 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
All models have a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback, something the vast majority of small cars also come with as standard.
You get a height-adjustable front passenger seat on all trim levels, too, although there's no option to have a folding front passenger seat to carry extra-long loads. Nor does the Polo have the clever cinema-style flip-up rear seatbases of the Honda Jazz.
The Polo has one of the biggest boots in the class – bigger than those of the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia and Peugeot 208 and only slightly smaller than 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 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 any 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. That means there's considerably less room for your luggage.
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