What used Volkswagen Polo hatchback will I get for my budget?
Prices for this generation of Volkswagen Polo start at £2500 but, for that amount, you’ll be looking at an early, high-mileage car with a basic spec and an underpowered engine. We’d recommend increasing your budget to at least £3500 for a lower-mileage example with the 1.4 petrol, or £5000 for a 1.2 TSI turbocharged petrol.
The ultra-economical Bluemotion model starts at £5000 for a pre-facelift 1.2 diesel, or £8500 for a 1.0 TSI petrol.
At the other end of the power scale is the slightly lacklustre GTI model with the 1.4 TSI engine, that starts at around £6500. A far better prospect would be a BlueGT model, and decent examples of those can be had for £7500.
A late model 2017 1.2 TSI Match Edition car with a full service history and below-average mileage will start at around £8500.
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Early Polos, both with the 59bhp and 69bhp 1.2 petrol engines, return a combined economy figure of 51.5mpg, while cars with the 1.4-litre unit average 47.9mpg. The 1.0 TSI and 1.2 TSI turbocharged petrol engines in facelifted Polos are a much better bet, with average economy figures of 62.8mpg and 60.1mpg respectively. The rare 1.0-litre Bluemotion is the most frugal petrol, at 67.3mpg.
The GTI model's 1.4 TSI and post-facelift 1.8 TSI average 47.9mpg and 47.1mpg respectively. If that's too low for you, consider the BlueGT; the cylinder deactivation technology of its 1.4-litre engine helps this particular model to achieve 58.9mpg in more powerful 148bhp form.
The diesel models are much more economical. Up to 2014, the range consisted of a 1.2 that averaged 72.4mpg, a Bluemotion version of the same engine averaging 80.1mpg, and a 1.6 that has a combined figure of 65.7mpg. After 2014, there was a 1.4 in 74bhp and 89bhp form with 74.3mpg (later boosted to 83.1mpg), while a Bluemotion version, with all its aerodynamic tweaks, averaged 91.1mpg.
Both of the 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engines in pre-facelift Polos emit 128g/km, but the revised 1.0-litre engines cut this down to 106g/km. The regular 84bhp 1.4 and 178bhp 1.4 found in the GTI are also equal for emissions at 139g/km, with the 189bhp 1.8 just a little worse at 140g/km. The popular 89bhp 1.2 TSI petrol is a fine compromise at 109g/km, and there's also the 94bhp 1.0 TSI Bluemotion that emits just 94g/km.
The entry-level 74bhp 1.2 diesel emits 102g/km, while the 89bhp 1.6 emits out 112g/km. Facelifted diesel Polos, along with all Bluemotion models powered by diesel, get below the 100g/km threshold for free road tax
If you are looking at a late Polo, be aware that the tax system changed on 1 April 2017, so any vehicles registered after this date will have to pay a yearly flat-rate fee. Anything registered before this date will be charged based upon the CO2 emissions the engine produced. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here for further information.
Fixed price servicing costs £179 for a minor service and £349 for a major one, and is required annually or every 10,000 miles. This is more expensive than a Ford Motorcraft service, which costs just £159 for every visit.
Insurance groups for all models aside from the GTI are relatively low. The lowest being for both versions of the 1.2, three-cylinder petrol, which are in group four, the non-turbo 1.0-litre in six, and the popular turbocharged, 89bhp 1.2 in group 15. BlueGT models are in group 23, while GTI Polos are in 29.
Diesel models start in group 9 for the 74bhp 1.2, rising to 13 for an 89bhp 1.6.
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