What's the used Volkswagen Polo hatchback like?
The Volkswagen Polo is more about comfort than thrills, and the supple suspension provides a compliant ride in both town and on faster roads. The steering and controls are light and help make low-speed manoeuvring easy. If there is a hole in the Polo's repertoire, then it's the poor body control.
You'll need to work the smaller petrol engines hard to make decent progress, and the diesel engines can sound gruff when pushed. The GTI is a revelation compared with the standard cars, with greatly improved steering, tighter body control and more grip.
There's space for four adults inside, and the boot is a decent size and shape. Access in the three-door model isn't as bad as you'd think, although the five-door is much better for small families. Most of the cabin feels solid, although some of the materials could be better quality.