The Volkswagen Polo takes the good qualities of the larger VW Golf – performance, efficiency and interior quality – and packages them into a smaller, practical car. For anyone looking for a decent supermini, it’s a sensible choice with upmarket touches.
What you need to know about the Volkswagen Polo
The VW Polo successfully combines the feel of a bigger hatchback with practicalities and low running costs. You’ll never feel like you compromised with a Volkswagen either, thanks to the upmarket interior.
Available with either three or five doors, the latest generation has been given a sharper look. Underneath, as is typical with Volkswagen, there are plenty of engines to suit different needs. From the cheaper and more frugal, to the faster options with added oomph.
The 1.0 petrol is ideal as a city run-around. In fact, it’s the most popular engine with buyers. However, the smaller engines aren’t as impressive out of the urban jungle, so we suggest the 110bhp 1.2-litre engine. Those putting more miles on the clock could be tempted by one of the diesels – perhaps the 1.4 TSI, which boasts 148bhp.
Across all specs, performance, ride comfort, handling and refinement are impressive. Whether you’re looking for a spacious city car or a compact version of something more luxurious, the Polo is a smart choice.
What to watch out for
The Polo just makes sense. It might not be revolutionary, but who really needs their car to be? In our review, we drove the 1.2 TSI. An impressive all-rounder, it definitely lived up to its grown-up reputation. With 90ps, it was lively enough for some driving fun, but the real selling point is the refined comfort and style. However, in this market, at this price, you have a lot of choice of great cars.
You won’t have to pay as much as you might think for a Polo. New prices begin at £11,100 and with a number of efficient engines, strong resale value and more standard equipment than close rivals, it’s financially smart.
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