What's the used Volkswagen Polo like?
What’s so clever about the Volkswagen Polo is that it shares many of the attributes that buyers love about its larger sibling, the Golf. This in turn means it holds on to its value better than most, so expect to pay a bit more for a Polo than you would an equivalent Ford Fiesta or Skoda Fabia.
Here we are focusing on the pre-facelift Mk5 model, which was sold between 2009 and 2014, and benefits from a cabin that feels incredibly well built, with controls that are laid out in a logical way.
Notable accolades for this generation of Polo include being voted European Car the Year in 2010, and scoring top marks in Euro NCAP’s crash tests, with all models fitted with electronic stability control as standard.
Three and five-door versions are in plentiful supply, each offering more room for passengers than in the equivalent Fiesta. The boot is a decent size, and practicality is boosted by all models having split-folding rear seats.
As long as you avoid the lower-powered engines, the Polo is one of the best small cars for tackling big trips, thanks to its composed ride and lower than average levels of wind and road noise, while the excellent visibility and light controls make it easy to drive in town. Keen drivers, however, will still be better off with the Fiesta, which is more composed in bends and has sharper steering.