The Polo is a car that has been part of Britain's traffic for over 20 years. It started life as a tiny, functional car, with a quirky, if not slightly ugly face. Over the years the car matured, putting on weight as the best of us inevitably do, into the two examples my mother owned - on a '53 and '56 plate. In this review, I will cover the '56 plate example, as I have driven the car on a number of occasions, and as a die-hard car enthusiastic, quickly formed my own opinions on the car.
Excitment is not an emotion synonomous with Volkswagen. Indeed, the German multinational conjures images of functionality and dependence. This is very much part of the Polo's character. The interior is roomy, and will comfortably sit four adults. It is also very functional, however it appears that little thought has been put in to the style. Black plastic and large square switches greet the driver, the big, easy to use and clearly-marked controls.
The example I have driven is the 1.2 engine, which did surprise me. My mother's '53 plate had a ludicrous 55 bhp, which struggled to haul the heavy body up even the slightest motorway gradient. The new example is hardly boy-racer material, but the engine is feisty with a charming roar once 4,500rpm is exceeded. Indeed, whilst the car doesn't feel quick, it chatters along at decent rate and 90mph is sustained comfortably, which is more than adequate for Britain's roads!!
The looks of this version are charming, and certainly the car avoids the angry, aggressive looks most German cars now seem to be adopting. The brand new version of the Polo may even be accused of being handsome - quite a feat for Volkswagen who are guilty of some hideous cars (and, with some trepidation, I include the Beetle in that!).
If driving is merely about a journey, getting from your driveway to work without getting wet, in comfort, then the Polo is ideal. However, as a driving enthusiast, I do find the whole experience a bit numb. But then, the Polo is not aimed at drivers such as myself. Volkswagen's quality is undeniable. Everything feels solid, and robust. However, this quality comes at a price, and if you're buying the car outright, which admittedly not many people still do, the Polo has some fierce competitors, especially when you consider Volkswagen own both Skoda and Seat, who both have offerings in this class.
If you're looking for a safe, reliable car then this is undoubtedly an option. If you're buying a sensible small car, then the Polo is impossible to overlook!
P.S.: In my mother's case, she drove two Polo's and was absolutely delighted with both, never having an issue with either. However, in early 2009 when shopping for a new car, she opted for the Seat Ibiza. Having driven this, I can say it is very similar to the Polo except it's slightly cheaper, more stylish and more exciting. It merely lacks the badge.
Back last year i decided to upgrade from my vauxhall corsa sport to the Volkswagon polo 1.4TDI and can say that i am so glad i did. The polo benefits from a 75bhp engine which actually has plenty to offer for a small car. Many people claim you can achieve 65 miles per gallon but realistically you can expect around fifty which is still very good especially with the increasing fuel prices. It will cost around 30 to 35 pounds to fill the tank with diesel but this will last me all week back and fourth to work (approx 100 miles) plus evening and weekend runs. As the car is economical you also benefit from reduced road tax which is approximately 65 pounds for six months.
The exterior of the car is quite sporty and came standard with 14 inch alloys, colour coaded bumpers and mirrors.
The interior is quite sporty too and benefits from many features such as power steering, twin airbags, heated mirrors (godsend in the winter) cd player, electric windows. A nice touch is the dashboard which illuminates up blue in the night when the lights are turned on. This does look very nice and stylish. Unfortunately air con didnt come standard with the car nor is there a sunroof.
The handling of the car aint too bad but does feel a little light when the roads are wet which does feel a little uncomfortable at first but you soon get used to it.
The braking is actually very good
Overall i would recommend this car, as it is superbly built, good value for money and cheap to run
VW Polo, I feel in love with the car when they brought out the model from 1999. It looked sexy and sporty, with its clear glass headlights. I brought a y reg car, Polo match for £10,985, with A/C, metalic paint, front fog lights and alarm. The car drives perfectly (1.4 manual), although its top speed is only 100mph, I didnt minding scraficing speed for looks. Its petrol consumption is very good, combined around 44 mpg. In terms of problems, a light did appear (power steering fault) however, the next day the light disappeared, so I didnt bother taking it in for servicing. Because of its small size the car can easily manover between traffic, and park in tiny places :) A family of 5 can sit confortably. Now they have come out with a new Polo which in my opinion doesnt look that sexy and is a copy of the Lupo.
Since it's launch I have always admired VW and in particular the Polo. However, it was only recently I had the chance to drive one. I was severely disapointed. It's never been the most stylish car, but looks solid. When first sitting in the car the interior is quite striking, and there's plenty of room for a small car. Despite having a 1.4 litre (75bhp) engine, being such a heavy car , performance is rather poor. The clutch and gearbox have a nice smooth feel in this 5-speed manual version. I was impressed to see Driver and passenger Air-bag, also ABS as standard preserving VW's safe reputation. To have extra's such as Cd Player, Sunroof or air-conditioning you have to go further up the range, which is disapointing. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to be taken out on a Wet Track and Skid-Pan with a professional racing driver. Obviously a car would not normally be driven in these conditions, but its re-assuring to know that in an emergency your car would handle effectively. On the track the Polo came out worst against all its competition, with servere under-steer the car did not want to turn on bends. Although you would know exactly when this was going to happen, therefore could avoid it by lifting off the throttle. If I wanted to retain value in my car and wanted to impress people I would probably choose the POLO. However, prefering quality of drive, being spiolt by extra's and a sensible initial purchase price, others would win me over.
Back in the day I learnt to drive in among other things one of these, now admittedly it wasn't this particular year but it was the same car in esscence. Well I grew up and I thought I might as well get a new car and I thought back to those fond old days of being petrified scooting around london, so I thought of the polo. Now if you are seriously thinking of buying a polo you are probably not looking for a performance car. Even the GTi version doesn't really come up to scratch on that front. What you are looking for however is a nice well built comfortable reliable car. Good news! you have found what you are looking for. Well since you are seriously considering this car I might as well brief you on what kind of options and trims are available. Well there is a confusing engine choice as there is a 1.4 unit which somehow produces 60 or 75bhp? Then you can choose the trim level E S or SE I opted for the S because its spec is better then the spartan e but cheaper then the only slightly better SE. Inside they are well built and the plastics are real quality. It also looks good which is an advantage. My only qualm with the Polo is its price structure. For a small car it is expensive and quite frankly I don't think you get much extra bang for your buck. If you are looking for a polo buy a Skoda they are the same thing but cheaper with similar trim levels.
I recently purchased the a new 'X' reg Polo S. From the first time I drove it out of the showroom, I knew that my money had been well spent. Externally, its attractive lines and sporty apperance are complimented with a superb paint finish, which is extended over the door handles and bumpers, which looks very sleek. I paid an extra £300 for the metallic paint finish, which I thought was a bit expensive, but well worth it. I chose the smallest engine avaliable to me, the 1.4 litre 60 bhp, but there is the more lively 1.4 litre 16 valve which give 75 bhp, and the 1.4 litre TDI giving 75 bhp also. The two 75 bhp engines would have been a bit more lively than the 60bhp, but I find the 60bhp more than adequate for all types of travelling, as it is very responsive, especially for a smal car. The car handles very well, with power steering standard on all models. The interior is a vast improvement on my old 'R' reg model, giving a much more sporty appeal. The display dials have been carefully designed and are neatly tucked in behind the steering wheel. The dash looks very stylish when the lights are switched on, with light blue backgrounds and red trimmings - all looks very nice. The Polo S comes with electric windows as standard, with easy to use controls situated on the door. As for safety, the polo s comes with dirver and passenger airbags as standard, side air bags extra i'm afraid. Side impact bars are also fitted as standard. The overall build quality is good, the driving position fully customisable and comfotable, and it is overall an excellent buy! The only things we spent extra on were the metallic paint and a CD player which were well worth the extra couple of hundred pounds. An added bonus is that I didn't loose the tape player, so I can listen to tape, radio or CD!