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.
Downsides? You won't get much kit, rear three-quarter visibility isn't great and other superminis are more spacious. You need to be careful over your choice of engine, too, because some struggle and others are unrefined. Avoid those and you'll have an easy-going, capable car for urban or countryside motoring.