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Volkswagen Polo review

2017 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 53.6
” Polished Polo is well built and spacious, with an extensive range “

At a glance

Price new £20,730 - £26,730
Used prices £6,792 - £22,848
Road tax cost £180
Insurance group 1 - 12
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Fuel economy 42.8 - 57.6 mpg
Range 493 - 669 miles
Miles per pound 6.3 - 8.0
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Available fuel types

Petrol

Diesel

Pros & cons

PROS
  • Impressive array of on-board technology
  • Efficient engine range
  • Spacious for a supermini
CONS
  • The fanciest equipment is optional
  • Refinement occasionally lets it down
  • Variable ride comfort

Written by Murray Scullion Published: 20 December 2021 Updated: 12 July 2022

Overview

The Volkswagen Polo is a smart, polished and solid choice. Importantly, it’s just that bit more sophisticated than the average supermini thanks to a premium and grown-up image that shouts sensible in a way that few other small cars do.

The price you pay? The Polo’s more expensive than most of its rivals, and ‘grown-up’ can often be just a small step away from boring – with lower-spec Polos feeling decidedly joyless.

It has plenty of rivals. The Ford Fiesta is the most famous, while it also goes up against the Parkers award-winning Renault Clio. The SEAT Ibiza, Skoda Fabia and Audi A1, as well as the MINI HatchToyota Yaris, Nissan Micra and the Vauxhall Corsa are all strong rivals.

Inside it’s pretty spacious considering its size and the materials would feel equally at home in larger, more expensive cars.

Engines consist of 1.0-litre petrols with different power outputs, available with manual or automatic gearboxes, plus a 2.0-litre petrol that’s reserved for the GTI. We’ve a separate review of that car here.

VW’s bosses see all this as ‘overcoming traditional class boundaries’ – meaning you get a lot more of a large car experience in this Polo. We say it gives you a great deal of car for the money.

Over the next few pages we’ll be thoroughly reviewing all aspects of the Volkswagen Polo and rating them in our verdict. Our scores will take into account the driving experience, how pleasant the interior is, the practicality on offer and what it’ll cost you to run.