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.
- Excellent build quality
- Spacious interior
- Incredible economy
- Noisy entry-level engines
- Rivals are more fun to drive
- No air-con in basic models
The Volkswagen Polo has been given a mild facelift for 2014. The car gets new engines, new trim levels, and extra equipment. What hasn’t changed is the quality of the interior and the Polo's soft, comfortable suspension. All models are frugal, but the basic car is very slow. For a good balance of performance and economy, we would recommend going for the 1.4-lites diesel engine or the advanced 1.4-litre petrol engine.
- Impressive pace from TSI engine
- First class cabin
- Balance of comfort and speed
- Expensive to buy
- Not as fun to drive at a Renaultsport Clio
- Too grown-up for some
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 much less money. Economical and fun to drive, the Polo GTI is beautifully made and offers genuine driver appeal.