VW Polo Review: The Super Supermini 

Winner of the Auto Express Supermini of the Year 2016 award, the new VW Polo leads the pack when it comes to compact hatchbacks. Now in its 5th generation, the Polo has been a strong contender in its class since its introduction to Volkswagen’s lineup in 1975.

With some great new VW Polo deals on offer, now’s the perfect time to upgrade. Read on to find out more about what this supermini has to offer.


Borrowing from the Golf’s iconic design, the Polo shares a number of styling similarities with its big brother. Refreshed in 2014, the new VW Polo offers discerning drivers sharp and sophisticated styling in a compact package. The Polo’s refined and premium finish can’t be beaten by competitors - with every detail from the paintwork to the interior a cut above the rest.


Driver comfort is a priority in the Polo, offering plenty of adjustment - including seat height as well as steering wheel rake and reach. Visibility is great all-around, too, with a high roof making space for large windows - creating a light and airy atmosphere inside the cabin. The clean and simple dashboard puts all infotainment and driver controls well within reach of those sitting upfront. Passengers will benefit from bags of leg and headroom, with the Polo comfortably seating 4 adults on longer journeys - with a 5th rear middle seat perfect for smaller passengers on shorter trips.


The new VW Polo comes jam-packed with kit and in-car tech, with even the entry-level S model coming complete with a 5 inch touchscreen infotainment centre. SE models and above benefit from an upgraded 6.5 inch touchscreen, adding a classy touch to the centre console. Music lovers will find plenty to listen to through the 6-speaker audio system, offering DAB digital radio as well as Bluetooth and USB connectivity as standard - providing plenty of entertainment for longer journeys.While the entry-level S model gives drivers fantastic value, the wide range of trim levels come with plenty of additional and optional features - with the S A/C model offering air conditioning on top of the basic spec. 

Performance and handling

As with most models in the Volkswagen lineup, the Polo offers a wide range of petrol and diesel engine options - with a power plant to suit every driver’s needs, from fuel economy to blistering performance. Budget-conscious drivers will love the new 1.0 litre petrol engines, delivering 59bhp or 74bhp alongside great economy figures. If you’re looking for something a little more lively, the 1.2 litre TSI engine offers the same economy figures as its smaller siblings - but produces an ample 89bhp and more torque, making it a popular petrol option. For distance drivers, the diesel engines may hold more appeal - with a 1.4 litre TDI unit available with two power outputs. The more powerful 89bhp diesel offers plenty of torque at low revs, making easy work of both city and motorway driving - all while delivering a staggering 80mpg. The VW Polo delivers a refined driving experience and is surprisingly comfortable and settled on motorways considering its compact size, providing a reassuring ride for drivers.


Starting at just £11,525, the entry-level Polo S is extremely competitively priced against its rivals - with VW’s fantastic build quality exceeding others in its class. If you want to upgrade to the A/C model for cool summers and warmer winters, it can be yours for just £12,245. For those looking for a thrilling drive, the sporty VW Polo GTI offers plenty of power and kit, as well as supportive bucket-style seats - and can be yours for £19,125, which is great value for money considering the spec on offer. Looking for a VW Polo for sale? Find your nearest Citygate VW dealership in Greater London and the home counties to book a test drive today! Alternatively, check out our VW Polo page to explore our range of models and book your test drive online.

VW Polo finance deals

Whether you’re looking to upgrade or just want to invest in a new car, we understand the upfront cost can restrict your options. Our VW Polo finance deals offer an easy and affordable solution to break down the cost of your new Polo into manageable monthly instalments. With options including Hire Purchase and competitive VW PCP deals, we should be able to help you find the perfect VW finance solution for your needs.

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