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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.6 GTi 5d (2001/Y)

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.6 GTi 5d (2001/Y) - Owner Review

Probably the boot, very spacious considering how small the car is.

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Review submitted by
Louis Metcalfe on

Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (00-02)


5 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
You like an upmarket car with a brilliant and rewarding drive but don't want to shout about it.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Very nice inside and very fast. Good looking too.

Would you buy this car again and why?
Definitely, I'd probably go for a 3 door with lower miles so I could mess with it to exploit that awesome engine.

What are you likely to buy next?
Maybe a lupo gti to get a better package around that engine.

Buying experience

5 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Didn't buy from a dealer

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
March 2015

Did you get a good deal and why?
Managed to knock him down 125 pounds.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Needed a fast small car, always liked these but were out of my budget and then found a little gem very close to me.

What was the dealer like?

Driving it

5 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Very docile from day to day, keep it below 3500 and it's just a normal 1.6, when you start to go above you hit the peak torque and the thing really starts to get a move on, keep driving like a hooligan and it gets even better once you get to around 5500 where it sings and pulls you along to 7000 where it eventually redlines, do this round a corner and you'll be pleasantly surprised to find little bottle roll and lots of front end bite despite being front wheel driven. A very good drive overall but it can be a little bumpy on rough roads.

What's it like to park?
Stupidly easy, it's aboslutely tiny compared to most hatchbacks!

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
The gearbox is on its way, but it's very common with these and expected.

What's most practical about your car?
Probably the boot, very spacious considering how small the car is.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Probably the climate control, very good system and all of the lighting inside the car is fantastic and looks really spotty.

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