Polo 2019 RHD rear seats

Volkswagen Polo review

Passenger & boot space

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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

The Polo is among the best in class for front space. Tall adults will have plenty of head room and there’s plenty of adjustment so there’s a good amount of leg room too. The passenger footwell is wide enough to avoid feeling restrictive, allowing for relaxing long-distance journeys.

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The Polo’s interior also offers impressive width for this size of car, so there’s no danger of two adults rubbing shoulders up front. In fact, you’ll find more interior room in a VW Polo than in a VW Golf from just a few years ago. Talk about progress.

Beyond that, there are some nice touches in terms of practicality. You can cram quite a lot in the front door pockets, the glovebox will take much more than a pair of gloves and there’s a handy cubby in front of the gearlever that easily takes a wallet, smartphone and keys.

Rear space

The front passenger seat has height adjustment as standard and you can add lumbar support and a front armrest as an option. Beyond that, there's a generous range of manual adjustment forward and backwards, as well as for the backrest angle.

The entry-level Polo’s rear seats fold down as one piece, which limits versatility, but from mid-range SE trim upwards, the seats split and fold in a 60/40 configuration and lie almost flat.

Polo 2019 RHD rear seats

Seat folding and flexibility

The front passenger seat has height adjustment as standard; lumbar adjustment is an optional extra but standard on GTI trim. Beyond that, there's a generous range of manual adjustment forward and backwards and for the backrest angle.

The entry-level Polo’s rear seats fold down as one piece, which gives you the choice of carrying bulky loads or rear seat passengers, and nothing in between. However, from mid-range SE trim upwards, the seats split and fold in a 60/40 configuration and lie almost flat.

Boot space

The VW Polo has a boot capacity of 351 litres – on paper, that’s near identical to the Seat Ibiza’s boot, but bigger than those of the Skoda Fabia and Ford Fiesta. The Polo’s boot has a practical square shape, too, because its wheel arches don’t protrude into the boot.

Aside from Beats and GTI models, every Polo above SE trim gets an adjustable boot floor, so the load compartment remains flat all the way from the boot entrance all the way to the front seats when the rear seats are folded down. This also means there isn’t much of a lip to lift heavy bags over.

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