What's the used Volkswagen Polo hatchback like?
The Polo feels very grown-up for a little car, but it's more about comfort than fun. Road and wind noise are largely shut out and the ride is cushy, for example, but it lurches through quick corners.
Inside, there's enough space for four adults, but the accommodation isn't class-leading. At least the boot is sizeable, although it has a high lip, which is a pain to lift heavy loads over.
While we're talking about pain, in the cheapest models the seat height is fixed (it's too high for some) and the seats are generally soft but fail to give all-round support. At least the steering adjusts for reach and height.
Twin airbags are standard and the Polo gained four stars out of five from Euro NCAP for protecting its occupants in a crash. However, its one star of a possible four for pedestrian protection is poor.