Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The Polo received the maximum 5 star rating when it was tested by EuroNCAP. Volkswagen has added a lot of safety kit on the GTI. This includes ABS with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist), ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) including EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction control), driver’s and front passenger’s airbags, side head/thorax airbag system for front passengers, driver’s and front passenger’s active head restraints, alarm with interior protection, electronic engine immobiliser, remote central locking and an XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling.

Hatchbacks are usually fairly practical and the Polo offers a lot of load space for its size. The boot has 280 litres on offer making it big enough for the weekly shop or a few weekend bags. Adding to the practicality is the 60:40 rear seat split. Those longer or oddly shaped items can be loaded with ease thanks to the flexibility of the rear seats.

There are plenty of cubbies to keep bit and bobs in and the glovebox is of a decent size and should easily take an average sized A-Z street guide.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Polo GTi (10-17).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • ABS
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

GTI equipment

GTI standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
GTI optional equipment
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows