Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Should you buy one?

We reckon you should, so long as you understand that it's more expensive than rivals because it has a solid image, interior, and resale value.

The Polo is spacious and easy to handle, it gives drivers confidence and offers passengers room, while it dazzles with a vibrant range of colours inside and out. And while it is an expensive supermini choice, it has good levels of standard equipment. This means you still get good value for money.

What we like

The interior is close to setting new standards for this class for the equipment available and the ease of use, plus that technology it brings is very intelligently implemented.

Lots of trim levels to choose from, each bringing slight variations. Nearly something for everyone.

What we don't like

The slowest engine makes the Polo quite frustrating to live with if you venture out of town on a daily basis.

If you don't fancy the vivid colour option, it can actually look quite plain in some specifications.

It's not as fun to drive as the Ford Fiesta, and you’re best opting for smaller wheels if you want the most comfortable ride. While the Polo GTI is nowhere near as engaging to drive as a Ford Fiesta ST or a MINI Hatch Cooper S.

No hybrid or electric option.

Which Polo is best for you

We'd opt for the 110hp engine with a six-speed manual gearbox. It's economical and user-friendly, and the extra power comes in handy on faster roads. On slower roads, it means you don't need to work the engine that hard either.

There isn't a dud trim level, but Match brings sensible options at a sensible price.

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