Having learnt to drive in a polo, I can only say good things about this vehicle. It is comfortable, cheap to run and very relaible. The polo is fun and easy to drive, it is responsive and a great car if you simply do short trips, but is easily capable of performing well in long haul trips. I later went on to buy a polo and drove it from Portsmouth to visit relatives in Scotland. The trip was cramped (having a full car) but was enjoyable and most importantly the car performed excellently. I have owned a polo for 4 years now and have not had a serious problem with it to this day. It has had to have a few oil, changes but that is about all! The car has been great and i would recommend one to all, i would go on to say any VW is worth a look!
I purchased my Polo in august last year for £5100. A sign of VW's wonderful depreciation is that I can fully expect almost a year later to go out and sell this car for £4500. Looks. As with anything this is going to be a personal thing but I absolutely adore the way this car looks. From the front it looks stunning with the black mesh grilles and from the back with that sloping line which seems to dip forever. Stunning. With the addition of alloy wheels (which improves handling also, will touch on that later) I think my car is absolutely stunning. Engine. I have the 1.0E, the engine does not lack, and however being a 1.0 it is by no means the fastest engine about. I have found it to be fine on motorway/city and country driving. Safety. The mk5 polo is a euro Ncap 4 star car and I can first hand vouch for its safety. For only yesterday I was shunted up the backside by a Citroen van! The front of the van was absolutely smashed to bits but the back of my polo barely had a few scratches! I would feel very safe with any future children I may have in that car. Handling. With the standard 13" wheels I found the handling to be somewhat unsteady. However with the addition of some 15" alloy wheels on the whole it has turned this car into a gripping machine. I would recommend adding some alloy wheels with up-rated tires as this would greatly improve both grip and breaking. Also the car looks much better with the wheels. Size. The external size of this car is very deceptive. I'm 6' 1" and on the larger side! (Ahem) and in the front I have absolutely bucket loads of space. I have also had 4 full sized adults in the car who may have been a little squeezed together but comfy none the less! Reliability. There are a couple of known faults with this mk of polo. Around 20k the ignition barrel has been known to go. Although when buying one of the
se cars that will most probably have already happened and been fixed under warranty so you wont have to worry about it. Idling point. The idling point can sometimes become erratic. This is due to a dusty/broken temp sensor. If you want to know more on these problems let me know and I can provide info to fix it. Build quality. There are no creaking noises, all panels fit perfectly. Everything sounds right when closing. Very good quality. Fuel consumption is a little on the thirsty side but it is not really bad. The car has abs/power steering and an immobiliser so it's very safe. One down point for me is mine does not have electric windows. Also the standard gamma head unit and front speakers have been upgraded as the VW sound system is acceptable but I was looking for a nicer sound so that's why I changed it. Sorry, this review is probably pants. I have just tried to be honest about the car. If you have any questions please ask and I will do my best to answer :).
As my Seat Ibiza was due for an MOT and needed a substantial amount of money spending on it, it seemed to make sense that if I could get the right deal perhaps it would be better to part exchange it for a new car. The only problem was what car should I part exchange it for? The principal criteria I had for the replacement were that it had to be cheap to insure, similar in size to my Ibiza and reliable. I started at the local SEAT dealership looking at the new Ibiza?s but these were out of my price range and progressed on to the local VW dealership. I?d always liked the Polo?s but they?ve usually been out of my price bracket so I was surprised to find that my local dealership were offering me a better deal than Seat. They were offering a basic specification brand new Polo 1.2 E (5 door) in ?Summer blue? for £7400 on the road a massive saving of £1100 off the list price, needless to say the offer seemed too good to pass up! ----Initial Impressions---- The first thing that struck me about the car were the front headlights which gave the car a bit of a bug eyed look. The car has two large almost oval headlights on the outside and then two substantially smaller headlights on the inside, in between which is the radiator grill. I am still not entirely sure of the design of the lights, though I suppose you could possibly look at them as cute?at least my girlfriend does. While the previous style of Polo had an almost aggressive front, though I suppose a bit more bland, VW have opted to give the new Polo a quite unique front?.well unique in as far as it goes as the design of the front was borrowed from the Polo?s younger sibling the Lupo. Looking at the car from the side it appears well proportioned, though perhaps a little higher than the previous model. Due to the price tag of this car you don?t get fancy alloy wheels or large tyres though larger tyres and alloy wheels are available as costly options. The Polo range come with differ
ent sizes of tyre based on the model you choose. What this does mean on the positive side is that the tyres are inexpensive to change. What you do get in the package are black plastic protective side strips, these should hopefully reduce car park damage. From the rear the new Polo has a look of the old style golf and the old style polo, which is not a bad thing though it does mean as a design its not much of a trendsetter. Size wise the car is quite a bit larger than my Seat Ibiza even though the old Polo and my Ibiza had shared the same platform and were therefore the same size. In fact the new Polo is almost as large as the golf was in the early 1990?s, so much so that certain sections of the German motoring press referred to it as the Golo just after it was launched. The Polo in fact shares the same basic layout as the Skoda Fabia. While the outside could be described perhaps as boring and conventional the car looks far more inviting from the inside out. ----The Cabin ---- Pulling open those chunky VW doors (which make a reassuring clunk when you close them) you immediately feel the quality and robustness of this car. Internally the cabin is surprisingly roomy for a car this size though if you had to find fault it could be described as a little dowdy at least in this model as it comes with very dark grey ?anthracite trim? and a light grey roof. Settling into the front of the car first, the seats have the usual initial Volkswagon hardness, which means that they are good for your back though not the comfiest seats in the world. When purchasing a car the driving position should be a key factor, it has to be for me as I am 6?4 and usually have trouble finding a car with enough headroom and legroom to accommodate me so it was surprising that the Polo?s driving position proved ideal for me. The Polo seems to have acres of legroom, far more than my previous Seat. It?s actually quite nice for once to be able to drive
a car without my legs jammed against the steering wheel! Due to the high roof of the Polo I also had around 20cm spare headroom, another first, so no more ducking when I go over speed bumps! Visibility out of the front and rear windscreens is excellent with the front pillars causing little loss of vision. The instrument display is clearly laid out and easily visible behind the wheel, though there is no trip computer or other gadgets. The only gripe I have about the driving position is the steering wheel. Its composed primarily of a rather harder cheaper looking plastic and to me at least is just too small, designed more for smaller ladies hands. After two weeks of use, though it still feels small, I am starting to get used to it and its proving less of a concern than I initially thought. All controls are ergonomically well designed with everything the driver needs being easily accessible. The dashboard itself slants down at a 45 degree angle and is composed both of soft touch plastic and a rather harder cheaper looking plastic around the radio cassette and heating system. Generally speaking though the cabin gives off the impression of quality. Since this is the most basic model electric windows are not available which means you can at least open the window the amount you want to! Perhaps a little strange in light of this, electric heated mirrors are included and are operated via a switch on the driver?s door along with a switch for central locking. Another downside to this car is the lack of air conditioning though this can be added as an extra for another £800. The heating system provided seems effective and demisting the windscreen was almost instantaneous, it also includes the useful air recirculation function. Whilst corners have been cut in the level of equipment provided, at least you do get a sound system in the form of a radio cassette. Though this is still provided in most cars, manufacturers do need to real
ise that few members of the public now use cassettes and a CD player would be much more useful, even if it was only a front loading one! The radio cassette provided is Volkswagon?s own brand (beta model) and is designed to only fit VW?s, making it less of an attractive target for thieves. I?ve experienced VW?s own sound systems before and have found them to be pretty good. Unfortunately this one goes against the trend, while it looks and feels robust and well made and provides a decent enough sound especially when listening to the radio, the sound quality deteriorates when listening to tapes. Its not that the sound is especially bad it just feels dull and lacking in sparkle that no amount of twiddling with the treble and bass could alter. Compared to the factory fitted sound system in my Seat Ibiza this one is substantially worse. The principal speakers are located in the bottom of the front doors with smaller speakers being sited at the base of the front pillars, the rear doors also contain two large spaces for speakers, though in this model the speakers have not been fitted. I?d been used to having limited storage space for items in my Ibiza?s cabin so it was surprising when I found how many storage places the Polo has. There?s storage in the usual places such as the side of the doors as well as a tray under the steering wheel and a further tray for small items under the glovebox. There?s also a couple of cubi holes in the dashboard itself. Perhaps the greatest design detail, at least to me, is that in the dashboard there is a pop out drinks holder, which isn?t just the usual hole in a piece of plastic. The way it slides in and out so smoothly demonstrates the thought and the quality of engineering that has gone into this car. Sitting in the rear of the car, it?s a little more cramped than the front though there is still far more room than I would have believed for a car this size. The seats are comfortable if perhaps a little
too upright, which may cause problems on longer journey?s. I think it?s the first small car where it genuinely is possible to fit two fully grown adults (perhaps not as tall as me!) in comfort in the rear. The only downside to the rear of the car is the lack of storage space for passengers. To put it succinctly there is none. There is though a rather nice cup holder for two cups located to the rear of the handbrake. Opening up the boot your confronted by a decent size space to place your shopping and/or luggage. While you could fit four adults in the car it would be virtually impossible to fit all their luggage in the boot. If you have two small children it?s also going to prove difficult to get prams and any associated items into the boot. Space can be increased by folding back the rear seats. In space terms then the boots is only a little bigger than that of the previous Polo. ----Performance & Ride---- I am not a technical or engineering genius, in fact I know relatively little about either, but I do think it is important to briefly look at what powers a car. Opening up the bonnet through a catch in the radiator grill, ones confronted by a 1.2 litre 6 valve petrol engine that produces 55 bhp. Alright I admit it?.this is pretty tame, 55bhp is not an awful lot of power, but what matters is how you use this power. This polo along with the rest of the range benefit from a new range of engines which deliver punchy performance and better fuel economy than those in the previous polo. Looking at the rest of the engine bay the battery is fully encased by a waterproof cover a rather nice touch. Another nice touch is the fact that the process of opening and closing the bonnet is controlled by pistons. This means that there?s no fiddling around looking for the bonnet support with one hand and holding the bonnet with the other as the pistons hold the weight of the bonnet. It also means that opening and closing the bonne
t requires little effort on your part as the pistons do all the work. Performance wise, according to VW, the Polo takes an astonishingly long 17.5 seconds to reach 60mph and tops out at 94mph. While the engine isn?t great on acceleration it does do well on fuel economy which VW quote as 36 mpg urban and 59 extra urban with a combined figure of 49mpg. The surprising thing is that the car does not feel this sluggish when driving and at low speeds overtaking is easy. The cars limitations in the performance department only start to be exposed when motorway driving. In this situation acceleration does seem to take much longer and that 70mph limit takes a long time to reach. This does mean though that this car is not one to buy if you wish to experience the sheer joy of driving. While this Polo isn?t the fastest thing on four wheels it does provide a comfortable but firm ride. Its also not close to being the lightest super mini, which may help to explain its sluggish performance, though one has to realise its almost the size of the first golf. The steering though its power assisted and adjustable for height isn?t particulary responsive and is perhaps a little too light. Personally I?d rather have the steering power assisted at predominantly low speeds than all the time, though on a car this price I don?t think I can complain. The first thing that struck me when I first drove this car was the lightness of the clutch, you could push it right down to the floor without encountering any resistance. Volkswagon have told me that resistance should increase over time which since I am very heavy footed I am thankful for. The gears themselves are easy to change though getting into reverse involves pushing the gearstick down, then moving it left and up?hopefully I?ll have mastered this soon! What really is impressive are the breaks, they are so responsive. Like every new Polo the 1.2 E comes with anti lock brakes (ABS) this means that the
brakes by not locking mange to pull the car up far quicker which could substantially reduce the risk of an accident. I had been used to really pressing my foot down hard on my Seat ?s brake pedal to get any response, so when I first drove the Polo there were rather a lot of abrupt stops! After a few attempts I?ve found the width and length of the car easy to judge which has made it easy to park and in particular to reverse park. All in all then it?s not a car you would take out for the sheer pleasure of driving its really a means of getting from A to B in a safe, comfortable way. ----Safety---- In today?s world, safety is one attribute that ranks highly on most individuals lists for a car. The Polo feels and looks a safe car, it has four airbags in the car, two side airbags and a passengers and a drivers side airbag located just above the glove compartment. Like virtually all cars nowadays the Polo comes with front seat belt pre-tensioners and load limiters and is equipped with a roll cage and side impact bars as well as the inbuilt crumple zones. Does this all mean that the car is safe? Well in answer to this question the Polo did well in the NCAP crash tests achieving a 4 star rating out of a maximum of five stars. This was composed of a 75% rating for frontal impacts and an 89% rating for side impacts. The only area the Polo fell down on was Pedestrian impacts, in which the damage to the pedestrian was measured. The Polo achieved a 1 star (17% rating in this area), which seems to suggest that though the car provides a safe environment for the occupants its not a car you would choose to be hit by if you were a pedestrian. The results of these crash tests are well worth checking out as virtually all cars are covered, they make interesting and perhaps disturbing reading (see website address below). ----Servicing & Other Costs---- Service intervals are every year or every 10,000 miles, what
ever comes first and are likely to be around the £200 mark with prices varying according to where you are located in the country. The car also comes with the usual VW piece of mind warranty of either 3 years or 60,000 miles, whatever comes first. It also has a 3 years paint and 12 years rust warranty. Insurance costs are low due to the safety and security features including an engine immobiliser, deadlocks and central locking. This model of Polo is placed in insurance group 2. Another thing to consider is that since this Polo only has a 1.2 litre engine road tax costs are also lower than many other similar sized cars which come with 1.3 litre engines or more. What Car magazine have worked out that on a pence per miles basis, the Polo costs around 24 pence to run and like most VW?s the polo holds its value well. -----To Conclude---- After two weeks of driving this car I can honestly say that I am very happy with it. I?ve had no problems to date and hopefully won?t encounter any in the near future, though I?ll update the review over time if anything does happen. All in all then from my limited experience of this car I would recommend it to any one who is looking for a safe, reliable and frugal small car. While other small cars may drive better and perhaps look more attractive, this model of the Polo probably gives you the roomiest small car per pound. In summary then do check this out if your looking at buying a small car, it really is worth considering! ----Additional Information---- This review was based on the Polo 1.2 E 55 bhp, 5 door which was purchased for £7400 on the road including a years road tax. ----Relevant Websites---- (Volkswagon UK) http://www.vw.co.uk (NCAP Crash Tests) http://www.euroncap.com/content/safety_ratings/details.php?id1=1&id2=114 Any comments on this review would be gratefully received! <
Few cars I have driven at this end of the market feel anything special. I have owned and driven a number of super minis but the Polo was the first one I drove that felt safe. It all started back in 2000 when my Wife's current car, a Micra, got a very scary crash test rating. That was it, she never felt safe in the car after that, so it was off to buy a new one. I'm not going to pretend we looked around at a host of different cars, because she knew the car she wanted was a Polo, so that was that! Choosing the model was easy too, the only model to happily fit into her budget was the 1.0 E. We took the car for a test drive, and it immediately felt safe - it handled the road well and had very decent performance for a 1 litre. The interior was nice, very different, and the blue illuminated dashboard, well that's a deal clincher on its own! So she went for it. That's the history and first impressions, so what is it like to own? The service we got from the garage was first class (I bought my Golf from the same garage pretty much on this experience), they couldn't do enough for us, and this remains. The car has been great to own, bar a few minor niggles. The fuel economy is still very good, averaging at around 45-50 mpg, and as stated above the performance is very good for around town. Take it on the Motorway and you realise its limitations, but then this ain't no cruiser. We have had a few slight problems with it not starting on a couple of occasions, but don't let that put you off, it's probably just this particular car. Inside it really feels like a more expensive car - there are rear head rests, electric mirrors, a lockable glove box, split folding rear seats, rear wash wipe and a decent stereo, all as standard. We have even added a VW CD player (which just slots in a hold in the dashboard and takes 5 minutes to install), and also the VW cup holders (costing £20 screw underneath the
main console - very easy) to upgrade it a little. The car is also very roomy, and can easily seat 4 adults. The boot is not big, but it is very deep, so is easy to get 6-7 bags of shopping in it - just don't stack everything on top of your bread! If you look at a Polo from the outside, you can't really tell what model it is, there are no model markings, no extra bits, and unless you are one for details, they all look pretty similar, and they all look good, very fresh, clean, slightly understated looks. So inside and out it looks and feels a really great little car, it has that VW class and gives you a level of trust I haven't has with another make So now the niggles. The major problem I have with it is the build quality - when we first had it, we felt the build quality was first rate, far better than any Micra, Saxo or 106 we had been in, but when I got my Golf, it was easy to tell that these cars weren't made in the same place. I believe Golf's are made in Germany, and Polo's in Spain, the Germans winning again! Maybe it is unfair to compare (like comparing a Granada to a Rolls perhaps), but it gives you an idea. The other problem I have with it is the main beam light - it is right in the middle of the blue dashboard, so it is difficult to tell when it is on, and so we frequently dazzle people! Sorry! But apart from that, we're well impressed, the first VW we had, and made me get one too, which is probably the best recommendation I can make. So how does it manage to be better than everything else I have driven? Well in a word, price. It is more expensive, but as the saying goes, you gets what you pays for, and here you get a reliable, well built, sound motor, that will be easy to sell at a good price. And I'd happily pay the extra again.
Before I start my opinion on the Volkswagen Polo, I would like just to let you know that I don’t actually own this car, but am very near to purchasing one. I have trawled through internet sites, opinions, magazines and company reps to gain the knowledge that I have; I hope it helps anyone interested in the Volkswagen Polo! The following in formation is based on the model that I am considering purchasing which is; A NEW (New number-plate) Polo 1.4 Match LOOKS The Volkswagen Polo is one of the better looking small car around; and by far the most grown-up and mature looking. It’s new front lights recently introduced both make the car look a little meaner, but overall make the car look far better than any other Polo before it. Alloy wheels and a rear wing available on any of the models, if you are willing to pay of course. ENIGNE There are many different engine capacities available from the very economical 1 litre, to the very sporty 1.6 16v and the GTI versions, if you can afford the petrol and insurance costs. The 1.4 litre combines a bit of everything, in my opinion; economy and a bit of bite ideal for city and motorway driving. QUALITY After extensively looking over and examining the car I have come to the conclusion that the overall quality of the Polo cars and more specifically the 1.4 match is outstanding. Every switch has a brilliant feel, it’s just little touches that make the build quality of the car so good. Things like a cover that covers the latch for the boot so you don’t get oil on your things, or like the slowness the glove box comes down. The interior in my opinion in also very good, but may be a little to ‘happy’. The speed and rev counter have sliver rings around them and there are masses of lights on the dash. It does look good in the dark though. What were my concerns? 1. Cost is quite high for a small ca
r 2. The polo hasn’t got that higher street cred rating. PRICE/INSURANCE The POLO 1.4 comes in at about £9,995 with one a year old costing about £8,495; you may as well get a new one!. The Polo (1.4) would be generally good on petrol so not to many worries there, and is placed in an insurance grouping of 5. FEATURES The Polo comes with very little features indeed those that are available are listed below. 1. Driver airbag 2. Passenger airbag 3. ABS 4. Power steering SALES REPS The sales reps in the garage were very helpful but always willing to plug their car over the others. I wouldn’t recommend the servicing though, after recently taking my Golf their. It cost £250, they found just about everything they could on the bill. Then when I got the car back home the exhaust fell off. So much for Volkswagen. VALUATION Polos hold their value very well, in fact they are the best cars for holding their value. They hold about 50% of their value in 4 years. In the garage there was an R ‘Reg’ going for £6,295. RELIABLITITY I cant say to much about this aspect of the car, but what I can say is that the Volkswagen Golf has been on of the most unreliable cars that I have ever owned. This may come as a surprise. I can say the Golf we had before went for ten years or more. Anyway Volkswagen have always have the better reputation when it comes to cars, so that should settle your mind a little. Until I actually own the car I can’t comment to much. STREET CRED The Polo an alright ‘Street cred’ rating; it’s no Nova (if you know what I mean). This is because the Polo is extremely un-customisable; and Volkswagen parts can be very expensive. DEALS Recently Volkswagen have been advertising the Polo Match with free air conditioning Which isn’t bad as they have also lowered
the price of the car recently to 9,995 from 10,995 SUMMARY/CONCLUSION A good, sensible looking car, you have got to decide mainly for yourself it caters for all, although the prices of the car may not suit your bank balance. My next point of call will be to have a test-drive, driving it is the most important part of the car. I am sure that anyone unsure about this car with have there made up after a test drive.