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Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Equipment

4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Large 8.0-inch touch screen standard on all Polos
  • GTI Plus adds worthwhile upgrades
  • Well equipped and good value

VW Polo: will my gadgets fit?

VW Polo trim levels broadly match up with the rest of the German maker’s cars – starting with S, then SE,  Beats, SEL, R-Line and GTI. There’s also a more generous version of the latter called GTI+.

Standard VW Polo hatchback equipment

Base-spec cars are called S  and come with the following:

  • 14-inch steel wheels and full size spare
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Composition Media infotainment system on an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen
  • Bluetooth telephone and audio connection
  • DAB
  • Think Blue Trainer
  • USB cable either Apple or Android for smartphone connectivity
  • SMS text composition
  • Black door mirrors, handles and radiator grille
  • High gloss black interior trim
  • Driver’s and front passenger's seat height adjustment
  • Folding one-piece rear seat backrest
  • Front electric windows
  • Front Assist (city emergency braking system)

Next up is the more generously equipped SE, which is a more realistic starting point for most Polo buyers, thanks to:

  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Car-Net App-Connect (full smartphone mirroring)
  • Body-coloured door handles and mirrors
  • Black radiator grille with chrome trim
  • Luggage compartment with variable load floor
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Split 60:40 folding rear seat backrest
  • Leather trimmed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip
  • Rear electric windows
  • Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors
  • Alarm with interior protection

VW Polo 2018 cabin

Building on the specification is the Beats car, which adds style and stereo upgrades, including:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Stereo by beats, including seven speakers and 300 watt output
  • Black door mirrors
  • Front fog lights with static cornering function
  • Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards,
  • Beats badging and decals
  • Leatherette door panels
  • Front sports seats with height adjustment
  • Beats door sill protectors

Then there’s the SEL, again building on the SE spec by adding:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Discover Navigation infotainment system on an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen
  • Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’ (traffic, fuel pricing, weather and news feeds)
  • Interior ambient lighting strips
  • Two-zone climate control
  • Parking sensors, front and rear
  • Front fog lights with static cornering function
  • Chrome interior and exterior trim
  • LED interior lighting
  • Front sports seats with height adjustment
  • Split folding rear seat backrest 60:40
  • Disc brakes, front and rear
  • DAB radio
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Space saver spare wheel

The next two trims add equipment to the SEL spec, and the first is the sporty R-Line car:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome-effect exhaust
  • LED tinted rear light clusters
  • Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards
  • R-Line front and rear bumpers
  • Gloss Black intakes, spoiler, radiator grille and side skirts
  • Leather trimmed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with aluminium inserts
  • Front sports seats with ‘R-Line’ logo
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Black roofliner and sun visors
  • R-Line door sill protectors
  • Electrically heated, adjustable and foldable door mirrors

VW Polo 2018 equipment

Then there’s the GTI model, which takes the SEL car to a higher performance-focussed level by adding:

  • 17-inch alloys
  • Sports suspension sitting 15mm lower
  • Twin chrome exhaust pipes
  • Gloss black rear spoiler
  • GTI front and rear bumpers
  • Black honeycomb grille with red stripe
  • LED darkened rear light clusters
  • Red brake callipers
  • Aluminium-look pedals
  • Black gloss instrument surrounds
  • Black roofliner
  • Stainless steel door sill protectors with GTI logo
  • Leather trimmed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel
  • Front sports seats with height and lumbar adjustment
  • Four driving modes
  • XDS electronic differential lock

Finally GTI+ builds on the standard GTI car with:

  • LED headlights
  • Automatic lights and wipers
  • Electrically heated, adjustable and foldable door mirrors
  • Rear tinted glass
  • Keyless entry with Start/Stop button
  • Active Info Display
  • Adaptive cruise control

VW Polo hatchback optional extras

As well as alloy wheels from 15- to 18-inch, you can also add a number of style packs, including the following:

  • Black style pack: Black diamond-turned alloys, gloss black roof decal and door mirrors, front sports seats with leather side bolsters and black roofliner
  • Black roof pack: Gloss black roof decal and door mirrors, rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards
  • Dashpad in Reef Blue, Energetic Orange or Silver Silk

Tech upgrades include:

  • Convenience pack: automatic dimming rear-view mirror, automatic headlights, coming/leaving home lighting function, rain sensor, electrically heated and foldable door mirrors, door mirror puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger’s door mirrors
  • Winter pack: heated front seats, headlight washers, heated windscreen washer jets and low washer fluid warning light
  • Pre-Crash preventive occupant protection
  • Car-Net App-Connect
  • Discover Navigation touchscreen navigation
  • Wireless smartphone charger
  • Keyless entry
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Active Info Display
  • Adaptive Cruise Control including Front Assist, and city emergency braking 

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Polo Hatchback.

  • 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
  • Remote locking
  • 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
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Beats equipment

Beats standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
Beats optional equipment
None available

GTI equipment

GTI standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
GTI optional equipment
None available

GTI+ equipment

GTI+ standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
GTI+ optional equipment
None available

R Line equipment

R Line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
R Line optional equipment
None available

S equipment

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

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
SE optional equipment
None available

SEL equipment

SEL standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
SEL optional equipment
None available

Safety

4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Standard safety kit is impressive
  • Not all of the latest active tech is available
  • Five-star Euro NCAP crash-test score

VW Polo: will my Isofix child seat points fit?

The Polo should prove to be a suitably safe small car, as reflected by its five-star crash-test rating under the auspices of Euro NCAP, although it misses out on some of the fancier gadgets available on rivals such as the Ford Fiesta.

Key standard safety items on all VW Polos

All of the following are fitted as standard on every Polo:

  • Front Assist – VW’s broad term for the technology that watches the road ahead, this includes City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, a sophisticated autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking
  • Speed limiter
  • Tyre pressure monitors
  • Electronic stability control
  • Hill-hold assist

Optional active safety equipment on the VW Polo

The Polo misses out on items such as Traffic Sign Recognition and the more sophisticated driving assistance capability of its large cousin the VW Arteon, but you can still add the following active safety systems:

How many Isofix car seats can I fit in a VW Polo supermini?

The Polo gets two Isofix mounting points on the outer ends of the rear seat – about what you can expect from this class.

Ditching the three-door bodystyle should mean it’s relatively easy to install a child seat, too. But in practice the Polo’s rear doors don’t leave that wide an opening, so prepare yourself for a bit of a struggle.

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volkswagen Polo Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 96%
Child Occupant: 85%
Pedestrian: 76%
Safety Assist: 59%

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.

Interior & boot space

4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Plenty of passenger space for a supermini
  • Boot has grown bigger, too (sort of)
  • Among the very best for space in the supermini class

VW Polo: will my family fit?

VW claims the Polo is the most spacious car in its class – and we’ve no reason to doubt this.

Just remember we are still talking about a supermini, so although four adults will fit inside, those in the back won’t exactly find themselves luxuriating in palatial surroundings. Knee and leg room remain at a premium.


 

VW Polo: will it fit in my garage?

While the Polo has got bigger, it still fits into one of the smallest classes of car on the road, so you’re unlikely to struggle with parking it – though the increased width may cause a few nervous moments for owners of older garages.

Parking sensors and a reversing camera are available if you’re particularly concerned.


 

VW Polo: how big is the boot?

VW makes a big claim about an increase in boot size for this Polo – saying it’s grown 71 litres over the model it replaces. Open the tailgate, however, and you’d be forgiven for thinking Volkswagen is fibbing…

The main boot area looks modest to say the least. But beneath the load floor lies a cavernous space that’s less practical than the main boot but still offers additional storage.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Volkswagen Polo Hatchback compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
SEAT Ibiza Hatchback 355 litres
Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 305 litres
Ford Fiesta Hatchback 292 litres
Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback 280 litres

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