Used Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (2009 - 2017) Costs

Review by Dan Harrison on
Last Updated: 14 Apr 2015
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.
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Running costs

As a small car, you shouldn't have much cause for concern regarding Volkswagen Polo running costs.

Although more expensive to initially buy than many other small cars, the Polo is among the top performers for keeping its value. It is much sought-after on the used market, which keeps prices high.

Other running costs are similarly impressive, with low road tax bands and good fuel consumption – even the petrol engines have the potential to return more than 50mpg.

For that reason, drivers who cover a large mileage and are considering a diesel Polo may find that a petrol model will actually suit their needs better - the Parkers petrol-v-diesel calculator can help work these figures out for you.

All the petrol engines offer great economy for their sizes, which means the diesels may take some time to pay back the premium it commands.

In 2014 a BlueMotion TSI version was introduced which uses a 1.0-litre petrol engine. It emits just 94g/km and returns 68.9mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£699 - £996 *


£597 - £762 *

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

Variable servicing (up to approximately 18,000 miles or two years) or fixed servicing (at every 10,000 miles or 12 months) can be chosen when new. It is possible to change from one to another during the vehicle’s life, but it can only be done when a full inspection service is due.


Three years/60,000 miles.

Road tax (12 months)

£0.00 - £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

5 out of 5

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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

Volkswagen Polo emissions are some of the lowest available for conventionally powered cars.

The previous generation of Polo was notable for its ultra-economical Bluemotion model, introduced in 2006. This car sneaked-in under 100g/km of CO2 and was therefore free to tax – the first mainstream car to do so.

Volkswagen has since raised the bar even further with a new version to be introduced at the end 2014 which sees CO2 emissions cut to 82g/km with economy of 91mpg.

In summer 2014 a new petrol-powered BlueMotion model will be available with emissions of 94g/km.

Find the exact engine and CO2