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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.4 CL 5d (1999/V)

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.4 CL 5d (1999/V) - Owner Review

When everything works it's smooth, quiet, and feels like a real masterpiece of German engineering.
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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (94-00)

Value

4 out of 5

Expensive, but then it is a VW. Holds its value well (probably not now that I've modified it!)

Costs

3 out of 5

Expensive to buy (£9k with 10k miles on the clock). Fuel economy is pretty good, but VW dealer servicing certainly ain't cheap.

Driving

4 out of 5

When everything works it's smooth, quiet, and feels like a real masterpiece of German engineering.

Performance

4 out of 5

It feels quite pokey compared to most 1.4 litre 8V cars I've driven. The bodyroll problem has been solved because I've had the suspension lowered. Now with 7"x15" alloys added, it handles like a go-kart.

Reliability

4 out of 5

Engine starts EVERY time, even on the coldest of mornings. However I have had problems with rear box of the exhaust, and of course the sticking clutch.

Image

5 out of 5

My Polo, even without the modifications, attracts compliments. With the modifications, it turns heads and demands some serious respect and certainly defies the 'girly' car image.

Comfort

4 out of 5

Seats are quite comfy. Back tends to ache after long journeys. Upholstery material is a bit naff.

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Insurance group: 11

Security

3 out of 5

Didn't come with an alarm. Then I got my stereo nicked and have since fitted a TOAD Cat1 alarm system. Now I have no problems.

Service

3 out of 5

Full VW service history has cost me a packet! However they're generally polite, helpful and efficient.

Problems

Bodywork
Paintwork on bumpers scuffs easily.

Engine
-

Gearbox
AAARGGHH!! The clutch is by far the most irritating, troublesome problem experienced to date (and the most expensive to fix!). Apparently VW are well aware of this common problem but refuse to admit it.

Other
The standard Sony stereo may well have been a freebie from a cereal packet. So that was the first thing I changed.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
No

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes