Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Plenty of passenger space for a supermini
  • Boot has grown bigger, too
  • Among the very best for space in the supermini class

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.

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 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. You can lower the floor to this level, though, freeing up more space giving a total of 355 litres.

Safety 

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

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.

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 

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 it?

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.

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
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • 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
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Beats equipment

Beats standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Beats optional equipment
  • Lumbar support

GTI equipment

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

GTI+ equipment

GTI+ standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
GTI+ optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav

Match equipment

Match standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
Match optional equipment
None available

R Line equipment

R Line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
R Line optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front fog lights
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • Folding rear seats
  • Service indicator

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
SE optional equipment
  • Lumbar support

SE Tech Edition equipment

SE Tech Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
SE Tech Edition optional equipment
  • Lumbar support

SEL equipment

SEL standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
SEL optional equipment
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

United equipment

United standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
United optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel

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%
Vulnerable Road Users: 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.