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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (2002 - 2009) Review Video
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At a glance

New price £6,890 - £15,465
Used price £185 - £4,320
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £0 - £265
Insurance group 3 - 17 How much is it to insure?


Excellent build quality, safe to drive, low emission Bluemotion version available


Expensive compared to other small hatchbacks, low equipment levels, drab interior

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback rivals

Written by David Ross on

It may not be the most exciting small hatchback on the market but the Volkswagen Polo is hugely popular. And with excellent build quality, bullet-proof reliability and that all important Volkswagen badge on the grille, it's not hard to see why. Safe and comfortable to drive it's available with a wide choice of engines including some very economical diesels while the interior is durable and well finished.

If you're looking to save money there's also an environmentally-friendly Bluemotion model available. Thanks to engine tweaks, aerodynamic changes and longer gearing this emits just 99g/km of CO2 - so it qualifies for free-road tax, plus it will average an incredible 74mpg. The model was facelifted in mid-2005 with a sharper look and angular headlights replacing the twin lights.

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback rivals

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