Unlike many superminis, the VW Polo manages a unique blend of style, economy and practicality, as well as low list prices and top-notch quality. It's comfortable to drive and has a unique big-car feel thanks to a desirable interior and solid build-quality – and if you avoid the base-spec S models, you get a decent level of kit, too. The current Mk5 car is much bigger than earlier cars like the Mk2 and Mk3, but benefits from a more versatile interior as a result. Economy is good, especially if you opt for the economical BlueMotion TDI or clever BlueGT, though the smaller petrol cars all manage a respectable 50mpg. It's not as enjoyable as a Ford Fiesta to drive and prioritises comfort over a sporty ride, but that does mean it's genuinely relaxed over rutted roads and deals with longer motorway journeys with ease. Thanks to its VW badge, used prices are strong, while running costs can be kept to a minimum with fixed price servicing and a comprehensive warranty.