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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

VW claims that the Polo GTI will average 47.9mpg whereas rivals including the Skoda Fabia vRS will average 45.6mpg and the Renault Clio Renaultsport will achieve 34.4mpg. Insuring the Polo is not going to be cheap: the car is in group 30 E (out of 50 groups in the new insurance group settings).

The 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI running costs drop, since the revised engine means CO2 emissions of 129g/km and fuel economy of 50.4mpg for DSG-equipped cars. The new manual gearbox is slightly less efficient, returning a claimed 47.1mpg and emitting 139g/km of CO2.

Volkswagen Polo GTI emissions are fairly low, with a figure of 139g/km of CO2.

The facelift in 2015 meant a drop of 10g/km for the DSG-equipped car, with the lowest CO2 emissions now 129g/km.

Volkswagen is well-known for good reliability and the Polo GTI should be in keeping with the rest of the maker's range. The 1.4-litre TSI is a proven unit so we expect few problems.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,164 - £1,238 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.8 TSi Petrol 129 g/km (Min) £125 - £145
1.8 TSi Petrol 140 g/km (Max) £145

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £125 - £145
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 29 - 30
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.