Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo boasts quality that's a cut above supermini rivals like the Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta. It borrows its look and feel from the larger Volkswagen Golf. The Volkswagen Polo's interior is particularly impressive as it's nicely built from high quality materials. Three and five-door versions are available, and both offer plenty of space inside for four people. The Volkswagen Polo can’t match the Ford Fiesta in terms of driving entertainment. There are plenty of engines and trims available, including the eco-friendly Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion.

Volkswagen Polo hatchback

Price 
£11,250 - £19,865
3 & 5 Doors
4.6 / 5
Pros
  • High-quality interior
  • Good fuel economy
  • Spacious interior
Cons
  • No air-con on entry-level car
  • Rivals are more fun to drive
  • Basic engine feels slow

The Volkswagen Polo is offered as either a three or five-door hatchback. The latter is the obvious choice if you regularly carry children or adults in the back seats, but the three-door is reasonably practical, too. A revision in 2014 brought the Polo's engine line-up right up to date, with efficient three-cylinder petrols and diesels offering very low running costs. The sporty BlueGT model aims to offer exciting performance while retaining some of the cheaper models’ efficiency, while even the Polo GTI delivers good economy for a sporty car.

Volkswagen Polo GTI hatchback

Price 
£14,730 - £20,725
3 & 5 Doors
2 / 5
Pros
  • First-class cabin
  • Balance of comfort and speed
  • Impressively powerful TSI engine
Cons
  • Expensive to buy
  • Too grown-up for some
  • Not as much fun to drive as a Renaultsport Clio

The latest Volkswagen Polo GTI is available as a three or five-door hatchback and provides almost all of the Golf GTI's character but for less money. Economical and fun to drive, the Polo GTI is beautifully made and offers genuine driver appeal.