Volkswagen Polo – Review

Volkswagen Polo is to the Golf what the Fiesta is to the Focus and the Corsa is to the Astra. The perfect smaller stablemate that embodies everything its big brother has to offer in smaller proportions. If you are ever considering a small hatchback supermini, then the Polo has to be in your considerations alongside the Fiesta and Corsa.


Volkswagen has given its Polo a variety of different petrol and diesel cars. With its petrol engine, it starts with a 1.0-litre S petrol engine that produces 60 bhp and can go from 0-60 in 15.5 seconds. Economically, this engine produces 60.1 MPG. This model is the cheap to run model thanks to its low fuel economy, road tax at only £20.

From this base model, the engines only get bigger, including 1.2, 1.4 and 1.8-litre models.

There is another 1.0-litre model that delivers 75 bhp, which allows to it be quicker from 0-60 in 14.30 seconds and a top speed of 107 MPH. The road tax for this model is still £20 and with a fuel economy of 58.9 mpg, this might be the better 1.0-litre model.

Under the GTI models, the most powerful engine is the 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 150 bhp and accelerates from 0-60 in 7.6 seconds. Pretty impressive for a small hatchback. And like its smaller engine models, this model delivers 58.9 MPG and still only has a road tax of £20.


Volkswagen has always been known for its high quality interiors and with the Polo it delivers this in bundles. The build is strong and stable, while the interiors material is of a high quality equal to that of an Audi A1.

The interior is also very easy to use with all the buttons being exactly where they should be and are easily understood. When it comes to the infotainment system, the Polo does not disappoint either. It comes with a 5-inch touchscreen, which pairs with Bluetooth or USB connection and you can upgrade to a 6.5-inch screen with sat-nav for an extra £700.

When it comes to passenger space, which is pretty essential in a hatchback of any size, the Polo has enough space for four grown adults with the headroom and legroom to match. So that there is no worry for the tallest of passengers. For the driver, their seat is fully adjustable, meaning the driver can be sat in any position that is comfortable for them. The steering wheel is also adjustable to match in order to create the perfect driving position.

Boot capacity in the Polo is 280-litres and if you lower the seats, this increases to 952-litres.

Drive & Performance

As with all quality, small hatchback supermini, ride comfort and easy to drive are a priority and that is why you should really consider the Polo. It is a safe, stable ride with large reserves of grip and has the security of a larger car when on the move. The steering feels nicely weighted so that you can place the car easily when driving on urban streets or country roads.

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