Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (2002 - 2009) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 08 Sep 2014
4
It may not be the most exciting small hatchback on the market but the Volkswagen Polo is hugely popular. And with excellent build quality, bullet-proof reliability and that all important Volkswagen badge on the grille, it's not hard to see why.
Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (02-09)
Excellent build quality, safe to drive, low emission Bluemotion version available
Expensive compared to other small hatchbacks, low equipment levels, drab interior

New price range:

£6,890 - £15,465

Used price range:

£187 - £3,905

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

It may not be the most exciting small hatchback on the market but the Volkswagen Polo is hugely popular. And with excellent build quality, bullet-proof reliability and that all important Volkswagen badge on the grille, it's not hard to see why. Safe and comfortable to drive it's available with a wide choice of engines including some very economical diesels while the interior is durable and well finished.

If you're looking to save money there's also an environmentally-friendly Bluemotion model available. Thanks to engine tweaks, aerodynamic changes and longer gearing this emits just 99g/km of CO2 - so it qualifies for free-road tax, plus it will average an incredible 74mpg. The model was facelifted in mid-2005 with a sharper look and angular headlights replacing the twin lights.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

4.5 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 It was small on the outside yet big on the inside, it is comparable in size to a mk1 and mk2 golf. had a decent sized boot for its class.  

3 out of 5

Mark McGhee ,   07 May 2016    ... read more

 The most practical thing about the car was the small engine size and the reasonably large boot, the boot was a good size and the engine was quite economical.  

4 out of 5

Euan Campbell ,   09 Dec 2014    ... read more

 5 door offers plenty of space front and back with a very large boot. Capable of doing almost anything from shopping to transporting football gear.  

3 out of 5

Luke Randle ,   10 Nov 2014    ... read more

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