Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (2017 -) Costs

Review by CJ Hubbard
While the cheeky Ford Fiesta may be the most popular kid in the supermini class, secretly everyone wants to be like the Volkswagen Polo – smart, sassy and just that bit more sophisticated. Now here in all-new, sixth-generation guise, the Polo is pilling even more pressure onto rivals – which also include the Vauxhall Corsa, Nissan Micra and Mazda 2 – by combining some of the sharpest looks in the sector with an outstanding interior.

4.2 out of 5

Running costs

  • Official mpg still TBC – though diesels will be best
  • Polo should offer low insurance and high residuals
  • Servicing for 1.0-litre models should be cheap

VW is yet to release official fuel economy figures for the UK market, but you can expect the Polo to be highly competitive on paper.

Most economical of all will be the 1.6-litre diesels, but out in the real world you’ll have to travel thousands of miles a year more to make the difference in the asking price over the 1.0-litre petrol models good value.

VW Polo servicing costs

VW also tells us that these new three-cylinder petrol models should be around 10% cheaper when it comes to servicing costs versus older four-cylinder engines – not least because they require fewer parts (there’s one less spark plug for starters).

The company is also anticipating excellent insurance rates, while as with all Volkswagens the Polo should hold its value better than average, meaning it should be worth more than rivals when you come to sell it.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£768 - £836 *


£652 - £670 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 103p and diesel 109p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

Fixed and variable servicing regimes are available, depending on usage (low mileage drivers should go fixed, high mileage drivers will be better-served by variable)


Three years or 60,000 miles – whichever is sooner

Road tax (12 months)

£150.00 - £150.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

4.2 out of 5

Green credentials

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

The VW Polo is unlikely to raise the ire of your local Greenpeace chapter, as its best-selling engine choices are all small 1.0-litre petrols – which means CO2 and NOx emissions are kept well under control.

There has been no mention of hybrid or electric versions of the Mk6 Polo, but buyers will be able to choose the clever 1.5-litre TSI Evo engine.

With 150hp this offers plenty of performance. But it combines this power with active cylinder deactivation (labelled ACT), which means it runs on just two out of four cylinders whenever possible to save fuel.

With the 95hp 1.0-litre claiming up to 64mpg and 101g/km of CO2, this car - driven carefully - should top 50mpg.

Find the exact engine and CO2