Excellent build quality, safe to drive, low emission Bluemotion version available
Expensive compared to other small hatchbacks, low equipment levels, drab interior
It may not be the most exciting small hatchback on the market but the Volkswagen Polo is hugely popular. And with excellent build quality, bullet-proof reliability and that all important Volkswagen badge on the grille, it's not hard to see why. Safe and comfortable to drive it's available with a wide choice of engines including some very economical diesels while the interior is durable and well finished.
If you're looking to save money there's also an environmentally-friendly Bluemotion model available. Thanks to engine tweaks, aerodynamic changes and longer gearing this emits just 99g/km of CO2 - so it qualifies for free-road tax, plus it will average an incredible 74mpg. The model was facelifted in mid-2005 with a sharper look and angular headlights replacing the twin lights.
What owners say about this car
The most practical thing about the car was the small engine size and the reasonably large boot, the... Read owner review
5 door offers plenty of space front and back with a very large boot. Capable of doing almost... Read owner review
Boot is surprisingly spacious for a small car. We managed to take our dog (a Golden Retriever) on... Read owner review