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.
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.
Just like in the front, the Polo is extremely spacious in the back – a pair of six-foot adults will fit in there with leg and head room to spare. Predictably, as with most small cars, three side-by-side adults will be a squeeze, but the Polo is still better than the Skoda Fabia and on a par with the Seat Ibiza in this regard.
When it comes to rear-seat storage, both rear doors have a generously sized pocket and both front seats feature a pocket at the back for storing flatter items.
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.
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.