Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017 review

Category: Small car

Section: Advice for buyers

Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017
  • Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017
  • Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 09-17
  • Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017
  • Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017
  • Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017
  • Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017
  • Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017
  • Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017
  • Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 09-17
  • Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017
  • Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017
  • Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017
  • Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017
  • Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Polo hatchback?

Bodywork

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.

Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017

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.

Fuel leak

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.

Airbag

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.

Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2009-2017

Is a used Volkswagen Polo hatchback reliable?