I bought the 1.2 2005 Polo in a bit of a hurry after my last car was written off. I desperately needed a vehicle, and having owned a VW before I thought this would be the car for me. I only test drove 1 of them, a 2005 reg 1.2 Twist with all the trimmings (climate control, central locking, electric windows etc) and at first I was delighted with it. That was until all the niggling little problems came to light.
First off - my climate control has a mind of it's own. One minute 18 degrees will be freezing cold, and the next minute boiling hot. There isn't a problem with the thermostat thing and the VW garage are baffled by it.
Second - There is a problem with my tick over speed - it is way too low. This makes the car near impossible to drive in the winter, and hill starts are a nightmare. This has been an ongoing problem, and even when I get the engine looked at, put on the computer and retuned, it will return to it's old ways soon enough.
Third - My rear windscreen washer pipe has a crack in it. I do blame the recent cold weather for this, but it is still annoying and I have been told that it will be very expensive to fix, as they will need to take a lot of my car apart to do it.
Basically, I am not a fan, and I am looking to replace it ASAP.
Saying that, there are a few good things with the car. For a 1.2 it is relatively nippy in the lower gears. I do enjoy having electric windows (but nowadays what car comes without them?!). It is small and easy to park. There is a decent amount of space in the back seats and the boot. And finally, I do like the look of the car, inside and out.
When looking for a first car I was looking for reliability, comfort, fuel economy and low insurance and I stumbled across the VW Polo after looking at various corsa's, fiesta's and 206's. The first thing that I noticed about the car was it's very masculine and planted stance with it's beetle esque lights and it's bright paintwork and I thought to myself, this looks expensive for a first car. So I carried on looking around the car and I liked the way it was built and looked very high end almost like a BMW in terms of it's build quality. Driving it, being a 1.2, it was very eager and liked to be revved which I liked as I have always been a petrol head. The interior was well built and felt very grown up, minimalistic and no bright colours or quirky interior trim. After falling head overs heels for the car I bought it.
I have owned this car for a year now and I love it. The things I love about it is it's rigidity and stability at high speeds, heavy doors and loud clunk when shutting them, good fuel economy at around 35mpg with my spirited driving style and overall reliability considering I bought it used and being the third owner. the previous owner left it in a bit of a state and needed a bit of TLC to bring it back to it's former glory.
Surprisingly, this car hides it's price very well considering it was £10,000 new in 2002 for a basic E model ( no electric windows and no central locking) and I picked it up for £2,500 with only 62,000 miles on the clock. Driving this car to work and back, you do get a few admiring looks when driving it when it's bright red after using rubbing compound, washing it and waxing it because it looks brand new and it's a VW and also gives the illusion that it's more expensive then it really is.
The advantages of this car is the galvanised bodywork, good fuel economy, impeccable build quality, bright blue illuminated clocks when lights are on, well laid out interior and hard wearing materials and relatively cheap parts.
Unfortunately, no car is perfect and does have it's pitfalls. The 9N polos do have known mechanical issues and service history needs to be checked before purchase and have it checked over by RAC or AA as a precaution. Economy suffers at high speeds due to low horsepower and weight of the car. Servicing at main dealer can be expensive but a reliable independent service centre will suffice.
Overall, this car needs to be taken seriously regardless of it being a supermini, a car for elderly people or a car for mothers. This car is not defined by the people that drive it but defined by it's cheerful character and it's ability to get you from A to B. This car is no rocket ship but it does what it can do very well and with comfort and refinement which is rare in small cars these days. I would highly recommend anyone considering this car because you are getting a good quality car that will last a long time and it's very cheap to maintain due to low insurance, tax and good fuel economy.
Got this for my first car and i couldn't have been happier with it!
Generally VW's are slightly more expensive than equivalent cars from competitor brands, but the extra cost definitely goes a long way.
I went looked around and test drove a lot of cars before committing to my Polo, and noticed some major differences.
The main difference you first notice is just in the quality of materials and build quality within the car. I noticed (especially with the Vauxhall Astra and Skoda Fabia (which surprised me considering they are owned by VW)) that the inside of the car just felt a much nicer place to be, and that all the buttons and dials felt neither flimsy nor un-ergonomically strong as they did in alot of other cars. The seats were also much more comfortable.
The next thing that you notice before having even driven it is how well equipped the car is compared to equivalent costing cars.
The ride of the Polo was very good, and you felt planted whilst still finding it very easy to drive. Generally it's also very economical, and I found i spent significantly less money on fuel that any of my friends.
The main thing I have to say for it though, is that (like alot of new drivers) I ended up getting into a crash, and there's no way around it. The polo's safety systems saved mine and my girlfriends lives that day, and you have to wonder if cheaper cars would have allowed us to walk away as harm free as we did.
Polos make for a really great car all-round, but i would especially recommend them for a first car based on the safety, it's fuel-efficency and the fact that it is classed in the lowest insurance bracket.
Well, i have recently past my test and purchased this car.
This Polo is in my opinion a fantastic car whether it is your first car or not.
It is easy to drive as it is a small car and not too powerful which i feel is very important. Also the cost of this car to purchase and maintain is quite cheap for the high standard you get - it is very reliable as i have had this car from new and have never had a problem with it. It looks good and it goes well, a perfect car from getting from A to B.
The only disadvantage about this car is that it isnt the best car for commuting on the motorway.
Below is some important information about this overall great car!
Specification 1.2 S - 5 Door
Engine Size 1198 cc
Body Style Hatchback
Fuel Type Petrol
I have this car and it has performed really well in the recent snow we have had - the man at the garage says this is because it has good weight distribution. My little car now has 50,000 miles on the clock and it has been fairly reliable. I am one major bug bear with the car- that it it suffers from a fault common to other VW's in that its ignition coild seem to need replacing with alarming frequency - mine has been back to the garage 3 times for them to sort this problem and its not a cheap job....has to go on the computer etc etc. It also has a problem with the rear windscreen wash not working. It's just about to fail its MOT for corroded brushes on the front suspension - again a common problem with the VW's. I do feel that VW should do a recall to correct the common faults and then I would be really chuffed with the car but heyho...Overall, I am pleased with it, it hasn't needed anything 'major' doing to it but it has wanted more money spending on it than I was anticipating.
When I was learning to drive, I went around some car dealerships with my father. To cut the long story short, we ended up purchasing a used 05 VW Polo 1.2 from the official VW dealership.
I have now been driving for nearly two years and the car has served me well. It's been very reliable and has never broken down (touch wood). The car itself is quite quick to accelerate and looks very stylish and nice. Although, the car is now nearly five years old it's still in fantastic condition.
The interior is very modern and very comfortable. There's plenty of legroom and headroom which makes it comfortable for everyone to enjoy a trip in the car. There are many cup holders which also makes long journeys easier because you can store your drinks in the holders. The heaters are good because it gets the car room quick and efficiently.
I believe this car is a great car and I would recommend it to anyone due to the low insurance and it's good for a starter car.
Looking for a car when I was learning to drive the main criteria was that it be a nippy little car that would keep insuance low, look good and not burn through petrol.
The VW Polo fulfilled all the specs and more, Vw have a reputation for well made cars that look good and keep their price. Even though it s only a 1.2 the car is quick to accelerate and handles brilliantly. A smooth ride its great fun to whizz round country lanes as much as on motorways and in 5 years I have not had a single problem, despite daily use and long frequent long journeys. The interior is spacious and comfortably seats 5 on long journeys or 4 with a lot of luggage, including skiis on many occasions.
A good quality stereo as standard is another great feature, and the blue and red lighting insude the car are attractive and pleasant to drive in.
The engine is smooth and reliable and uses fuel very efficiently, with the 40lr tank not costing too much to fill.
One of the major selling points was that the car kept insurance lower than other similar ones and has been a massive bonus for a cash poor student.
Boot space is astonishingly ample and with the seats folded down the car can transport far more than you would expect of any small car.
I didn't get electric windows initially but had them fitted after, as they turned out to be a feature \i wished i had spent a little extra on initially.
A great little car, good fun to drive and looks good even after a few years.
We went to our local VW dealer just for a look and fell in love with this car . It looks very smart and has the look of a golf at a lower price and lower insurance brackert .
The interior of the car is very roomy for a small car , there is plenty of head and leg room ( i hate those small cars where you feel like you are in a box )
The seats are hard but in a good way , therefore they support your back on longer journeys , i have heard people complain about the grey fabric design , but to be honest i like it as it is rather plain . i always think that ' jazzy ' patterns on a car interior date the car more quickly .
The dash is set out in a logical way and is easy to use , everything is clearly labled and we found that we could easily see the function of all the buttons without the manual . A first for me !
The ventilation system is very powerful and is effective in cooling/warming the car , As our model is black it gets very hot in the sun ( not that there has been much ) and we have found that having the fan on is much more effective than having the windows open , I would have liked a sun roof as i have been used to that on other cars but it is not a major issue
A useful function is a button which allows you to circulate air from inside the car instead or drawing it from outside ( great if outside is smelly !)
The only problem we have found is the location of the horn ( on the front of the wheel ) its location makes it difficult to beep the horn and manouver the wheel at the same time , so some bad drivers have escaped a beeping for their driving .
There is a reasonably sized glove box and lots of nooks and crannys for storage which come with rubber liners to prevent keys etc slipping .
We dont have electric windows on our model but to be honest i dont really miss them , it would be a matter of personal taste .and you can pay extra for them if you wish
The POLO handles really well , it feels like it is really gripping the road when taking corners and feels very safe and sturdy whilst feeling a bit sporty at the same time
It is not amazingly fast but has alot of power for its size and cost , when accellerating you feel a real surge of power when you put your foot down .It feels alot more powerful than its spec , which means you can get a stylish and nippy car which is low on the insurance bracket
Comes with a tape/ radio player , i think i would have rather they put a decent stereo in and paid a bit more but that is easily fixed . although saying that the speakers are very good
The boot is huge for this size of vehicle , which comes in so handy . It automatically unlocks when you unlock the doors which i have found useful when having my hands full and also eliminates the risk of leaving the boot open .
At night the dashboard lights up in a very attractive blue /red which looks cool , alot of people have commented on it !
Overall we are very very pleased with the car , In black it looks much more expensive than it was and it has saved us a fortune on petrol and insurance
debs . xxxxxxxx
You may notice the lack of technical car speak in this review , that is because i dont understand it lol . if you want to know about widgits and whatsits then it would be a good idea to contact VW on the numbers below
Brochure hotline on 0800 333 666
test-drive telephone number on 0800 333 666.
Volkswagen information line 0800 333 666