Volkswagen Polo

4/5
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Verdict

The Volkswagen Polo is easily described as a smaller Golf demonstrating all of the style, drive and quality that comes from owning its bigger brother.

Performance

Like the Golf, there is a huge amount of choice when it comes to choosing engine options. The Polo is available with three petrol engines and one diesel engine with two differing power variants. The first is a three cylinder 1.0 litre petrol with 60 or 75bhp mated to a 5-speed manual depending on your choice of trim level. The second is a 1.2TSI with 90bhp mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. The third option is a 1.4TSI with 150bhp found only in the hotter Polo GT. Diesel comes in the form of a 1.4TDI with either 75 or 90bhp mated a choice of the 5- speed manual or 7-speed auto. The entry level 1.0 with 60bhp is best avoided as it feels heavily underpowered.

Ride & Handling

The Polo is a very comfortable car to drive and is particularly refined on motorway jaunts. It soaks up general lumps and bumps with ease too thanks to its soft suspension, with road noise kept to a minimum. But this softer setup means that the Polo is not quite as happy in and out of the bends. Its steering is light too and while this does not help in terms of feel, it is an added bonus around towns for manoeuvring or parking. The Polo is designed more for comfort than performance, but with that in mind, the Polo GT gets a stiffer setup and adds some fun to the Polo's practical character.

Refinement

The Volkswagen Polo is available with a choice of three trim levels. These are Trendline, Comfortline and Lounge with all models available with a choice of three or five doors. The entry level Trendline, while beautifully put together, does feel a little dull and sparse with very few standard features. The best option is the Comfortline that offers door and side trim panels, leather multi-function steering wheel, gear knob & handbrake, split folding rear seats, additional storage box under front seats and cooling glovebox. Lounge brings additional comforts like sports style seats and variable servotronic steering.

Quality & Reliability

From the moment you sit into the Volkswagen Polo, there is no doubting the build quality. It features a classy looking dashboard that is constructed from high quality materials and flows nicely down and across the centre console. All knobs and switchgear have a solid feel to them and all controls are easy to locate and operate. The three spoke leather multi-function steering wheel (Comfortline & upwards) complete with contrast piano black across the dashboard bring a touch of class to the cabin. The 7 inch touch screen that houses the infotainment is very user friendly and a feature that complete's to the Polo’s modern appeal.

Safety & Security

The Polo was awarded the full five star NCAP rating during crash testing meaning it is one of the safest cars in its class. The Polo goes up against stiff competition from the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Opel Corsa and Hyundai i20. It gets a generous level of standard safety equipment that includes anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, hill assist and a full set of airbags. There is also a huge amount of optional safety tech that can be added to your Polo, such as emergency brake assist and active cruise control.

Space & Practicality

The Polo is a decent size for a supermini making it a good choice for small families. Space for front passengers is good while head and legroom is generous in the rear also. The choice of three or five doors adds to its versatility too. Storage space within the cabin is good with a central cubby, storage under the front seats and decent door pockets. Boot space is almost identical to that of the Fiesta and Corsa at a decent 280 litres. Rear seats also fold forward to create 952 litres of space.

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Key Facts

Make

Volkswagen

Model
Polo
Variant
POLO TL 1.0 3DR 60HP Petrol
Car Category
Supermini
First year of model production
2014
Engine (L)
1.0
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€16,305
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€190
Tax Band
A3
Average L/100 km
4.7
Average km/L
21.3
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
45
Fuel Tank Range
957 km
Cost of filling a tank
€59.13
Average Cost Per 200 km
€12.35
CO2 emmissions
106 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6 g/km

Performance

Brake Horsepower
60 bhp
Max Power kW
45
Displacement - CC (Engine)
999
Engine Cylinders
3
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Normally
Top speed
161 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
15.5 s
Town KPG
6.40 L
EC Extra Urban (KPG)
4.20 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
3
Seats
5
Boot capacity
280 L
Air Conditioning
Yes
Automatic Parking
No
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
No
Folding Rear Seats
Folding rear seat bench without division
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Parking Sensors
No
Power Steering
Electromechanical power steering system
Reversing Camera
No

Warranty

All Components
3 Year vehicle warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year vehicle warranty
Car Body
12 Years Anti-Perforation
Paintwork
3 Years on paintwork
Mileage
90000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Yes

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The Volkswagen Polo is a grown-up, sensible supermini. A refined drive and solid residuals mean it's a perennial favourite
Top Gear
The sensible person's supermini of choice now makes even more sense.
What Car
The VW Polo is one of the quietest and classiest small cars on sale today, but top-spec versions are best avoided.

Interior Comfort

Height Adjustable Seats
Yes
Rear Cup Holders
No
USB Connectivity
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
280 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
175/70 R14 mm
Tyre size back
175/70 R14 mm
Length
3972 mm
Width
1682 mm
Height
1453 mm
Wheel Base
2470 mm
Front Track (mm)
1453
Rear Track (mm)
1456
Kerb weight
1050 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1570
Turning circle (m)
10.6

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Steering
Steering rack
Power
60 bhp