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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.9 D CL 5d (1998/R)

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.9 D CL 5d (1998/R) - Owner Review

Vague steering and bouncy ride. Not a patch on a Fiesta or a 106, but viewed as frugal town transport, it's ok
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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (94-00)

Value

2 out of 5

Expensive to buy. Little standard equipment. Holds value well.

Costs

4 out of 5

Averages about 50 mpg, but will drop to 40 with hard use. Disappointing for a non-turbo diesel

Driving

2 out of 5

Vague steering and bouncy ride. Not a patch on a Fiesta or a 106, but viewed as frugal town transport, it's ok

Performance

2 out of 5

Pedestrian, but it's built for economy so what can you expect? Feels quite perky on part throttle, but the second half of the throttle travel doesn't seem to do anything.

Reliability

3 out of 5

The single most disappointing aspect. Lots of silly faults and rattling interior suggests build quality is no better than a Ford or Japanese rival.

Image

5 out of 5

Like the Golf, it's classless. Rich and poor drive them.

Comfort

3 out of 5

Squidgy seats and lack of steering wheel adjustment, but basic driving position ok, if cramped for 6 footers.

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Insurance group: 13

Security

3 out of 5

Came with a VW Cat 1 alarm on it, but this was a costly option for the previous owner

Service

3 out of 5

Serviced by an independent who does a good job.

Problems

Bodywork
None - good quality paint and no sign of rust

Engine
Oil has to be topped up every couple of weeks. Glow plugs died last winter.

Gearbox
Lots of slack in linkage. Crunchy into 2nd on cold mornings.

Other
Power steering rack leaked, seat adjuster lever snapped off, cassette player stopped working, heated rear window works intermittently, central locking unreliable, squeaks and rattles everywhere

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
No

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
No