Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (2017 -) Safety & Reliability

Review by CJ Hubbard
4.3
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.

4.3 out of 5

Safety

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  • Standard safety kit is impressive
  • Not all of the latest active tech is available
  • Still waiting on the Euro NCAP score

There is no Euro NCAP crash rating yet, and VW is yet to confirm how many airbags will be standard on UK models, but the Polo should prove to be a suitably safe small car – albeit one that misses out on some of the fancier gadgets available on rivals such as the Ford Fiesta.

Key standard safety items on all VW Polos

All of the following are fitted as standard on every Polo:

  • Front Assist – VW’s broad term for the technology that watches the road ahead, this includes City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, a sophisticated autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking
  • Speed limiter
  • Tyre pressure monitors
  • Electronic stability control
  • Hill-hold assist

Optional active safety equipment on the VW Polo

The Polo misses out on items such as Traffic Sign Recognition and the more sophisticated driving assistance capability of its large cousin the VW Arteon, but you can still add the following active safety systems:

How many Isofix car seats can I fit in a VW Polo supermini?

The Polo gets two Isofix mounting points on the outer ends of the rear seat – about what you can expect from this class.

Ditching the three-door bodystyle should mean it’s relatively easy to install a child seat, too. But in practice the Polo’s rear doors don’t leave that wide an opening, so prepare yourself for a bit of a struggle.

4 out of 5

Reliability

  • Not typically a troublesome model
  • Lots of shared parts with other VW models
  • Time will tell whether this is good or bad

It’s too early to call the latest VW Polo’s reliability at this stage. Volkswagen as an entire brand is far from blemish-free in this area, but the Polo isn’t typically known for being a troublesome model.

Being based on the same platform as the Golf this time means plenty of shared components with other VW models, however – though only time will tell if this means tried and tested levels of satisfaction or group-wide troubles.

We prefer to remain optimistic at this stage.

Car check problem points

Body

No problems reported

Engine/Gearbox

No problems reported

Other

No problems reported