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Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Running costs

4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Diesels offer best mpg but 1.0-litre petrol comes close
  • Polo should offer low insurance and high residuals
  • Servicing for 1.0-litre models should be cheap

Most economical of all is the 80hp 1.6-litre diesel, which boasts 76mpg, but out in the real world you’ll have to travel thousands of miles a year more to make the difference in the asking price over the 1.0-litre petrol models good value. All but the 115hp DSG claim mpg in the 60s.

VW Polo servicing costs

VW also tells us that these new three-cylinder petrol models are around 10% cheaper when it comes to servicing costs versus older four-cylinder engines – not least because they require fewer parts (there’s one less spark plug for starters). The company also promises excellent insurance rates, while as with all Volkswagens the Polo should hold its value better than average, meaning it should be worth more than rivals when you come to sell it.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £954 - £1,265 *
Diesel 131p £784 - £805 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Fixed and variable servicing regimes are available, depending on usage (low mileage drivers should go fixed, high mileage drivers will be better-served by variable)
Warranty Three years or 60,000 miles – whichever is sooner
Road tax (12 months) £145
Insurance group 1 - 28
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

4.2 out of 5 4.2

The VW Polo is unlikely to raise the ire of your local Greenpeace chapter, as its best-selling engine choices are all small 1.0-litre petrols – which means CO2 and NOx emissions are kept well under control. There has been no mention of hybrid or electric versions of the Mk6 Polo, but buyers will be able to choose the clever 1.5-litre TSI Evo engine. With 150hp this offers plenty of performance. But it combines this power with active cylinder deactivation (labelled ACT), which means it runs on just two out of four cylinders whenever possible to save fuel. With the 95hp 1.0-litre claiming up to 64mpg and 101g/km of CO2, this car - driven carefully - should top 50mpg.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.6 TDi (80ps) Diesel 97 g/km (Min) £145
2.0 Tsi (200ps) Petrol 138 g/km (Max) £145


4 out of 5 4.0
  • Not typically a troublesome model
  • Lots of shared parts with other VW models
  • Time will tell whether this is good or bad

It’s too early to call the latest VW Polo’s reliability at this stage. Volkswagen is far from blemish-free in this area, but the Polo isn’t typically known for being a troublesome model. Being based on the same platform as the Golf this time means plenty of shared components with other VW models, however – though only time will tell if this means tried and tested levels of satisfaction or group-wide troubles. We prefer to remain optimistic at this stage.

2018 rear seatbelt recall

In May 2018, a recall was issued on the Volkswagen Polo’s left rear seatbelt, warning that during sudden lane changes the left rear seatbelt could become unlocked (when the centre rear and left rear seat were both occupied). A fix was found and fitted free of charge during recalls for affected vehicles.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox No problems reported.
Other No problems reported.

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