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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The comfortable driving position is carried over from the standard hatchback. That means a seat that adjusts in a number of ways and a steering wheel that’s adjustable for height and reach. Golf GTI-inspired details mark this out as the range-topping model with GTI branding on the steering wheel and door sills and that famous chequered stitching on the seats.

Visibility is pretty good, which is ideal for town driving. The driving position is comfortable and should suit most shapes plus the driver’s seat is adjustable for height.

Like the standard Polo, there’s reasonable rear legroom and good headroom all round. Wind and road noise aren’t really noticeable, though engine noise is. At times this is a treat – its rev-happy turbocharged sound is rewarding, but the drone it creates on the motorway can make longer trips tiring. Rear passengers get a better deal in five-door models than in the three-door.

It’s easier to get in-and-out of and there’s slightly more legroom. However, the rear is only suitable for two adult passengers. Aside from that, the cabin is airy and light and there’s good legroom for the front passenger.