Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Polo hatchback?
With so many used Polos around, you can afford to be picky. Avoid anything with obvious signs of crash damage, because poor repair work could lead to future rust issues or potentially compromise safety.
What are the most common problems with a used Volkswagen Polo hatchback?
EA189 diesel engine emissions
The Polo used the EA189 diesel engine that was implicated in the Dieselgate emissions scandal and was subject to a recall to update its software.
The 1.2-litre diesel engines built between 1 April 2010 and 1 April 2014 were subject to a recall for cracked fuel filters. If the filter develops a crack, fuel will leak out. Contact your local VW dealer to check if the work has been completed.
There was an issue with some airbags installed on cars constructed between 1 February 2014 and 2 August 2014, where an incorrect signal from the accelerator sensor used by the system could cause the airbags to deploy. Check with your dealer to find out if your car is affected.
High oil consumption
DPF (diesel particulate filter)
If you tend to do lots of short journeys from cold, opt for a petrol model rather than a diesel one, because the diesel particulate filters can clog up if they don't get regular motorway exercise.