Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Polo hatchback?
The Polo may have an upmarket image, but according to the JD Power Customer Satisfaction survey, the reality is a little different. Owners love the reliability of the Polo's rivals such as the Toyota Yaris, but the VW struggles. True, it's nowhere near the worst in class but owners register a fair few gripes, mostly concerning the suspension and engine.
Look at the What Car Reliability Index and the story's similar: the Polo gets only average ratings. Gearbox, clutch and driveshaft faults show up as problems, along with axle and suspension faults and electrical glitches.