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Volkswagen Polo Dune (04-08) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Neat off-road styling additions, comfortable ride, economical engine, good build quality

CONS

Not actually four-wheel drive, lacklustre 1.2-litre engine, offers little over a standard Polo, dull cabin design

PROS

Neat off-road styling additions, comfortable ride, economical engine, good build quality

CONS

Not actually four-wheel drive, lacklustre 1.2-litre engine, offers little over a standard Polo, dull cabin design

Verdict

Despite the chunkier looks of the Polo Dune, it's not actually a four-wheel drive version of Volkswagen's small car, but instead is designed as a versatile urban runabout. It has revised suspension and sits higher off the ground while distinctive alloys, silver roof rails and unique bumpers help it stand out from an ordinary Polo. Three engines are available, but the smaller 1.2-litre petrol is best avoided as it's sluggish.

As you'd expect from a Volkswagen, it is very well built and reliable, but ultimately the Dune offers little extra - aside from a different look - compared to a standard Polo. Like the standard Polo it was facelifted in 2005 with angular front lights replacing the twin headlights.

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