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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Volkswagen Polo GTi (10-17) review.

Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Volkswagen Polo GTI (06-09) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Neat GTI styling, nippy performance, excellent build quality and reliability

CONS

Not especially fun to drive and not quick enough to be a genuine hot hatch

At a glance

New price £16,815 - £17,405
Used price £1,330 - £3,470
Fuel economy 36 - 36 mpg
Road tax cost £300
Insurance group 26 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Neat GTI styling, nippy performance, excellent build quality and reliability

CONS

Not especially fun to drive and not quick enough to be a genuine hot hatch

Volkswagen Polo GTI rivals

This sporty Polo is a Golf GTI look-a-like, complete with the trademark honeycomb grille, distinctive alloy wheels and chequered interior trim. Sadly it doesn't quite live up to its racy name on the road, where it's not as quick or as sharp as rival hot hatches like the Renaultsport Clio or MINI Cooper. But it's better to drive once it gets going, where it overtakes with ease and has plenty of turbo-boosted power in reserve.

It's a good car to own: stylish, affordable to run and even practical, but it falls short of being a great one.

Volkswagen Polo GTI rivals

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