Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2002 - 2005 review

Category: Small car

Section: Ownership cost

2002 - 2005 review
Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (02 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (02 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (02 - 05)
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Ownership cost

What used Volkswagen Polo hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Volkswagen Polo hatchback?

At more than 10 years old, this shape Polo is cheap to buy now and shouldn't cost much to run.

Spares are reasonably priced and servicing will be, too, provided you steer away from main dealers and their sky-high labour bills. All models need servicing annually or every 12,000 miles, which is par for the course, and the What Car? Reliability Index, compiled by Warranty Direct, says repairs on Polos are reasonably priced.

Insurance and fuel economy are fine, too. The 55bhp 1.2 slips into insurance group 5 and everything else is group 13 or less, except for the 128bhp 1.9 turbodiesel, which is group 17.

All manage 40mpg with ease and the diesels promise 50mpg on a long, gentle run. Bear in mind, though, that the 1.4 FSI petrol needs to be filled with super unleaded to run smoothly.