Review

Volkswagen Polo hatchback

Price  £11,100 - £19,715

Volkswagen Polo hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Spacious interior
  • Incredible economy
Cons
  • Noisy entry-level engines
  • Rivals are more fun to drive
  • No air-con in basic models

The fifth-generation Volkswagen Polo's mix of practicality, style and fuel economy positions it above a lot of its key rivals in the UK supermini class. Its excellent build quality and inexpensive list prices make it easily one of the best value cars you can buy.

It has a top-notch interior and general sturdiness that makes it feel like a bigger car, while it's also easy to drive and most models come fitted with loads of accessories and equipment as standard. You get strong fuel economy throughout the range, while the efficient BlueMotion TDI or smart BlueGT are simply brilliant. However, even the smaller petrol engines are still capable of returning 50mpg.

You won’t have as much fun as driving a Ford Fiesta, mainly because the Polo's primary focus is comfort, not performance, but it is very serene over rough roads and is also good on long motorway drives. Volkswagens always have strong resale values on the used car market, so a Polo should be a good investment, while running costs should be low because of the comprehensive warranty and fixed-price servicing available.

The Polo is available in a huge 10 specifications – S, S A/C, R-Line Style, Match Edition, R-Line Style A/C, R-Line, BlueMotion, SEL, BlueGT, and GTI.

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