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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Simple, clean design
  • Robust rather than luxurious
  • Well made, for the most part

The Polo’s interior is simple and clearly laid out but lacks panache. However, build quality is excellent and it feels robust and hard-wearing while the blue backlighting adds an upmarket feel. Visibility is pretty good, which is ideal for town driving and the driving position is comfortable so should suit most shapes thanks to adequate adjustment. Bluemotion models have unique interior fabrics and come with a trip computer as standard so owners can see whether they’re matching the manufacturer’s impressive economy claims.

Is the VW Polo Mk4 a good family car?

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 and is too narrow for three abreast. Aside from that the cabin is airy and light and there’s good head and legroom for the front passenger while ride comfort is good.

The Polo does suffer from excessive wind noise at speed and some of the engines are loud, particularly the diesel models.