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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Volkswagen Polo safety levels are top-notch. It was awarded five stars in the tougher Euro NCAP crash tests introduced in 2009 - making it one of the first small cars to achieve the maximum rating.

This new overall rating covers Adult Occupant Protection, Child Occupant Protection, Pedestrian Protection and a new area of assessment: Safety Assist.

All models have an electronic stability programme (ESP) which helps keep control of the car in a skid.

In addition to this, all cars have four airbags, ABS anti-lock brakes and a system to reduce whiplash injuries that Volkswagen calls WOKS (Whiplash Optimised Head Restraint System). Isofix child-seat anchor points are also fitted as standard.

Update in 2014

In January 2014 the Polo was updated with post-collision braking fitted as standard to prevent accidents after an initial impact. There's also a raft of optional safety systems including a driver fatigue detection system, automatic cruise control and a city emergency braking system which stops the car dead at low speeds to prevent crashing. It's not clear at this point whether the new bits will affect insurance premiums, but we'd suspect they may lower them a little.

Being a small car, Volkswagen Polo practicality isn't its strongest card but it's not rubbish either.

The boot is an adequate, rather than exceptional size. With 280 litres on offer, it’s big enough for a small weekly shop or a couple of weekend bags.

The rear seats split (on Moda models and above) and fold flat, which creates a useful load area for larger items.

The boot gets a ‘false floor’, which makes the most of the space available. It means that items can be stacked on top of each other – or hidden from view.

The false floor can also be collapsed down so that the entire boot volume can be used.

Inside there’s a large air-conditioned glovebox and door bins for each of the four doors, one of which is large enough for a 1.5-litre bottle.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (09-17).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • 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
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

Beats equipment

Beats standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
Beats optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

BlueGT equipment

BlueGT standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
BlueGT optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel

BlueMotion equipment

BlueMotion standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
BlueMotion optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel

Match equipment

Match standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
Match optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel

Match Edition equipment

Match Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
Match Edition optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel

Moda equipment

Moda standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Space saver spare wheel
Moda optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear electric windows

R Line equipment

R Line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
R Line optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel

R Line style equipment

R Line style standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Central locking
  • Front fog lights
  • Space saver spare wheel
R Line style optional equipment
  • Air conditioning

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
  • Air conditioning

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Electric mirrors
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

SE Design equipment

SE Design standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
SE Design optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

SEL equipment

SEL standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote locking
SEL optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (09-17) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2009 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2009
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 90%
Child Occupant: 86%
Vulnerable Road Users: 41%
Safety Assist: 71%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.