What's the used Volkswagen Polo hatchback like?
With a Polo, it's more about comfort than joy. The soft suspension rides the bumps well, although not always quietly, while the main controls are light and easy to use - power steering was standard on all Polos from the outset - and it goes round corners in a safe, predictable, if unremarkable, manner.
As a result, this car will never get your pulse racing, but for some buyers that's exactly what they want from. So yes, it's pretty soul-less, but as a four-wheeled domestic appliance you can rely on, it does an excellent job. It also has a posher image than most superminis.