Product Type: Volkswagen cars
Newest Review: ... 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... more
It'll Get You From A to B, But Your Trousers Won't Explode...
VW New Polo S Specification
Member Name: fiisch
VW New Polo S Specification
Advantages: Reliable, Solid, Economical
Disadvantages: A bit pricey, Volkswagen's sister companies offer equal, cheaper alternatives
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.
Summary: A very good car, if driving is a chore, not a passion