Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 5.8 - 8.1 mpp
Diesel engines 7.8 - 8.4 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 38.7 - 54.3 mpg
Diesel engines 53.3 - 57.6 mpg
  • No diesel on offer
  • Polo should offer low insurance and high residuals
  • Servicing for 1.0-litre models should also be cheap

How much is it going to cost to run?

If you're really looking after the pennies and cover thousands of motorway miles per year, you might want to choose a diesel. VW no longer offers the Polo with a diesel engine, but there are plenty on the used market. The most economical version of this car could crack an official 57.6mpg.

During our time of testing, the 80hp 1.0-litre averaged around 42-43mpg, which is some way short of the claimed 49.6-51.2mpg. We suspect this will be down to the lack of a sixth gear, meaning at motorway speeds, the engine spins relatively high around 3,500rpm. Using the speed limiter function helps a little, but because you have to work the engine hard getting up to speed, you'll have to cover a fair distance on a gentle motorway cruise before you reach the official figure.

The most powerful 1.0-litre is more economical to run because you don't need to work it as hard as the lower powered models. These models also come with a six-speed manual instead of a five. This increases mpg at motorway speeds.

VW promises excellent insurance rates, while as with all Volkswagens, the Polo should hold its value better than average thanks to strong residual values, meaning it should be worth more than rivals when you come to sell it.

MPG and CO2

Figures for fuel economy and CO2 emissions are as follows under the latest WLTP regime:

  • 1.0 80hp five-speed manual: 47.9-51.4mpg, 125-133g/km
  • 1.0 95hp five-speed manual: 53.1-53.3mpg, 120-129g/km
  • 1.0 95hp seven-speed automatic: 47.1-50.4mpg, 128-137g/km
  • 1.0 110hp six-speed manual: 49.6-54.3mpg, 118-129g/km
  • 1.0 110hp seven-speed automatic: 46.3-49.6mpg, 128-138g/km
  • 2.0 207hp seven-speed automatic: 39.8-41.5mpg, 155-162g/km

If you're after an electric or hybrid version of the Polo you're fresh out of luck too.

Servicing and maintenance

The Polo comes with a standard three-year warranty from Volkswagen in case anything goes wrong with the car. 

Although it can depend on which model, generally Polos will need a first service at 9,300 miles or 12 months old, whichever comes first. The second service is at 18,600 miles, or 24 months old, while the third is 27,900 miles or 36 months old.

VW has servicing packages that can be bundled into your monthly finance payment.

How reliable is it?

  • Not typically a troublesome model
  • Lots of shared parts with other VW models
  • Time will tell whether this is good or bad

Volkswagen is far from blemish-free in this area, but the Polo isn’t typically known for being a troublesome model. As of 2021, there have been three recalls for the Polo. One is for the handbrake lever that can travel more than necessary, one is to do with the towing eye, while the other is to do with a rear seatbelt issue - a recall that's affected cars across the VW Group.

You can look at the VW Polo recalls yourself on the government website.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £155
Insurance group 1 - 29
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