The Volkswagen Polo is getting old, but it’s still one of our favourite superminis. It offers a blend of performance, practicality, price and efficiency that’s hard to beat, and has seen off newer arrivals in our most recent tests. The boot is smaller than expected, although there’s still enough space for most occasions. The big benefit is that it offers good value and should be cheaper to run than the competition, plus it has a higher-quality feel.
The current Polo comes as a three or five-door hatchback, but that’s all – there are no estate, saloon or off-road variations on offer. However, the Polo range is broad, coming in S, Match, Match Edition, Beats, R-Line and SEL trims. In addition, there’s the ultra-efficient BlueMotion, an eco-mined BlueGT warm hatch and rapid GTI hot hatch. Interestingly, the latest Polo BlueMotion uses a petrol engine, rather than the diesel found in past variants, while the rest of the range benefits from a range of BlueMotion Technology-branded upgrades.
Whichever model you decide to go for, the Volkswagen Polo is a stylish little car. It lacks the imaginative design of the Renault Clio or Mazda 2, but it looks smart and understated. The interior quality is up there with bigger cars like the Volkswagen Golf, and puts it ahead of rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208 on first impressions when you sit inside.
There’s decent head and legroom in the rear, and if you go for the five-door model it’s easy enough to get in and out as well. Access to the rear seats is simple thanks to the wide-opening back doors, but legroom is a little tight. A high window line and dark cabin materials mean it feels claustrophobic in the back.
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