Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2005 - 2009 review

Category: Small car

Section: Our recommendations

2005 - 2009 review
Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (05 - 09)
  • Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (05 - 09)
  • Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (05 - 09)
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Which used Volkswagen Polo hatchback should I buy?

With eight petrol and four diesel engines to choose from, you're spoilt for choice.

The 1.2-litre petrol comes with either 59bhp or 69bhp - the second is better thanks to the extra power, although neither is fast. The 75bhp 1.4 (80bhp after '06) is eager and economical, while the rarer 85bhp 1.4 FSI offers the best combination of power and economy. Next up is the 1.4-litre Sport with 100bhp, then the 104bhp 1.6. The GTI is fastest, with a turbocharged 148bhp 1.8-litre engine, plus honed suspension and brakes.

Diesel options are simpler: there's a 69bhp or 79bhp 1.4, or a 100bhp 1.9. In '07, the ultra-frugal Bluemotion version was launched, with its 79bhp 1.4-litre diesel engine delivering 74mpg on average and CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.

The entry-level E model is sparsely equipped, but the Match has alloys, air-con, electric front windows and a CD player. SE models add nice touches including driver's seat-height adjustment, and Sport models have fog lights and lowered suspension.