Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (2009 - 2017) Comfort

Review by Dan Harrison on
Last Updated: 14 Apr 2015
4.5
This Volkswagen Polo is arguably the most upmarket small car that you can buy. It's refined, stylish and - depending on which engine you choose - can be incredibly frugal or delightfully quick.
4 out of 5

Comfort

Volkswagen Polo comfort levels are good. It will seat four adults comfortably or, alternatively, two adults up front with three children in the back.

Legroom is impressive for this size of car and there’s a generous amount of shoulder and head room.

What will impress most passengers on the move is what isn’t there - noise. The Polo is an extremely quiet car. Engine on and stationary, it can barely be heard ticking over, while on the move road and wind noise is well suppressed, even at motorway speeds.

Every detail of the Polo oozes quality, from the top-end feel of the dashboard, to the high-quality upholstery used for the rear seats. It’s even evident in the excellent ride that deals with lumps and bumps in the road surface in a manner that you might expect from a much larger car.

4 out of 5

Practicality

Being a small car, Volkswagen Polo practicality isn't its strongest card but it's not rubbish either.

The boot is an adequate, rather than exceptional size. With 280 litres on offer, it’s big enough for a small weekly shop or a couple of weekend bags.

The rear seats split (on Moda models and above) and fold flat, which creates a useful load area for larger items.

The boot gets a ‘false floor’, which makes the most of the space available. It means that items can be stacked on top of each other – or hidden from view.

The false floor can also be collapsed down so that the entire boot volume can be used.

Inside there’s a large air-conditioned glovebox and door bins for each of the four doors, one of which is large enough for a 1.5-litre bottle.

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How does the boot space compare?

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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (09-17)
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Behind the wheel

From the driver’s point of view, the interior of the Polo not only looks and feels good, but it’s highly functional too.

The seat adjusts in a variety of ways – depending on the model you specify – and the steering wheel height and reach can be adapted to suit the driver.

On the dash the instruments are clear and a central black and white LCD display gives an at-a-glance view of mpg, outside temperature, average speed and other trip computer details.

Interior styling is fuss-free and elegant – with many of the switches and dials being carried across from the larger and more expensive Golf.

Buyers can also choose between light and dark interior colours.

Visibility is excellent - the wide glass areas give a great view for three-point turns and parking manoeuvres.

A first for the Polo is a built-in sat nav system. It’s been worth the wait, as this compact system is accurate, easy-to-use and has a built-in SD card reader for MP3 files.