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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.4 CL 3d (1999/T)

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.4 CL 3d (1999/T) - Owner Review

Surprisingly agile for a VW; Steering a touch too light and narrow wheels limit grip, but there is far worse on the market.
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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (94-00)

Value

3 out of 5

Expensive to buy and service. Hold their value well, however.

Costs

2 out of 5

VW dealers expensive for parts. Even the aftermarket is pricey compared to other marques.

Driving

4 out of 5

Surprisingly agile for a VW; Steering a touch too light and narrow wheels limit grip, but there is far worse on the market.

Performance

4 out of 5

1400 engine a bit noisy when worked, but remains quite torquey throughout the rev range, making it an easy drive.

Reliability

5 out of 5

Mechanicals extremely tough. Electrics not so great, however.

Image

4 out of 5

VW has always had a good image. Car is quite understated.

Comfort

3 out of 5

Seats aren't bad. Cabin is spacious for its size and good quality materials boost the look of the interior.

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Security

3 out of 5

Locks are supposedly improved, but still look a touch weak. Never had it broken into, though.

Service

4 out of 5

Only received one service from a dealer and although expensive, was brilliantly carried out - car was valeted and driven back to place of work.

Problems

Bodywork
None. Bodywork is well put together with plenty of anti-corrosion paint.

Engine
Whines a bit at low revs, but extremely reliable.

Gearbox
Notchy from cold and quite a long throw, but again, without fault.

Other
The passenger electric window motor seized and occasionally the dash illumination gives out.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
Yes

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes