Used Volkswagen Polo (2010-2018)

The Volkswagen Polo is a spacious and high-quality supermini with an upmarket image.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

High-quality interior
Broad range of efficient engines
Spacious interior

Weaknesses 

More expensive than rivals
Looks quite ordinary
Not as fun to drive as Ford Fiesta
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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 2.0 tsi gti+ 5dr dsg

Total RRP £23,015

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Despite being replaced by an all-new model at the beginning of 2018, the Volkswagen Polo remains a class-leading supermini.

That's mainly because it looks and feels like a mini version of the Volkswagen Golf and drives with a level of comfort and quietness that's close to the larger car.

It's the same story inside, with a mini-version of the Golf's dashboard touchscreen that has digital radio and Bluetooth, for connecting a phone wirelessly, as standard across the range.

The Polo is efficient and won't plummet in value the moment that you drive away because it's a popular choice of second-hand car. So although it cost more many other superminis when new, its higher used value, helps keep the cost of owning or financing the car competitive.

You may find that it's all the car you'll need because there's space for two adults to sit comfortably in the back. It's only when you get to the very back that the Polo shows a weakness: the 280-litre boot is around 30 litres smaller than the average brand new supermini. The car does come with a good amount of internal storage, though, with large door bins, cupholders and a large, well-sized glovebox which also houses the CD player. We've listed the full VW Polo dimensions separately.

So far, so good - and sensible. The Polo is a car that you buy with your head, because it doesn't really excite the heart. It's got none of the design flair that you'll find in a Mini Hatchback, Citroen C3 or Mazda 2.

It also feels steady,  safe and smooth on the road, like a Citroen C3 and Skoda Fabia, rather than agile and nimble like the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Mazda and Mini.

The car's imminent replacement, means that Volkswagen Polo deals are extremely competitive, all the way up to the top-of-the range GTI version, which has a powerful engine for a sportier feel. The rest of the engines are mainly designed for fuel economy, starting with the 1-litre, 60 horsepower engine, which is cheapest and economical but slow if you drive out of town.

You can get more powerful 1-litre engines, which are much better for motorway journeys: it pays to ensure that you're buying the car with the correct motor for you.

The Polo was crash tested in 2009, just before going on sale for the first time, and received a five-star score from the independent Euro NCAP organisation. It's got plenty of safety equipment as standard, including two sets of Isofix mounts for securely ataching a child seat in the back, brakes that will automatically be applied after a crash to stop the car from skidding, and airbags front and side airbags for the driver and passenger.

However, the current Euro NCAP tests have become considerably harder, so it's not known how the Polo compares with alternatives, such as the spacious Honda Jazz, Citroen C3, Hyundai i20 and Mazda 2, which received four or five stars more recently.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:15

Key facts 

Warranty : 
3 years, 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
280 litres
Width: 
1,682mm
Length: 
3,972mm
Height: 
1,453mm
Tax (min to max) : 
£100 to £200 in forst year, £140 thereafter / Pre-April 2017 cars: £0 to £130

Best Volkswagen Polo for... 

Volkswagen Polo 1.4 TDI Match
The 1.4 TDI is the only diesel in the range and returns 83mpg, based on official figures. It’s available in Match, R-Line and SEL trims.
Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI Match 5-door
The 1.2-litre SE offers a good blend of performance and economy, as well as a reasonable price. 5 doors mean easy access to rear seats for passengers.
Volkswagen Polo GTI
The Polo GTI has 189bhp and looks just like a mini version of the bigger, iconic Golf GTI. It comes in a choice of three and five-door models with manual or automatic (DSG) gearbox. It will go from 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds.
Volkswagen Polo 1.0 S
The entry-level Polo comes with very little equipment for the price, plus the smallest 1.0-litre engine feels underpowered, especially if you regularly carry passengers.

Volkswagen Polo History 

  • August 2009 Model launched – first deliveries early 2010
  • February 2010 Polo BlueMotion 1.2 TDI released
  • February 2010 Polo GTI revealed with 1.4 TSI engine
  • July 2011 Polo Match added to the range in place of the SE and Moda trims
  • March 2012 Polo BlueGT added to the range
  • April 2013 Polo R-Line Style added to the range
  • January 2014 Whole Polo range is updated with new bumpers, lights, engines and interior
  • December 2014 Orders open for new BlueMotion 1.0 TSI petrol
  • August 2015 More 1.0 TSI engines added to the range. Higher-powered 1.0 TSI 110ps replaces 1.2 TSI with 110ps.
  • December 2015 SE trim replaced with Match trim. Match comes with £900-worth of extra equipment for £100 price increase over SE.
  • January 2018 Model replaced with an all-new VW Polo

Understanding Volkswagen Polo car names 

  • Polo
  • Match
    Trim
  • Engine
    TSI 1.2 90 PS
  • Gearbox
    DSG
  • BMT
    BMT
  • Match
    The Polo trims (S, SE, SE Design, Match, BlueMotion, BlueGT, R-Line, GTI) tell you the amount of equipment and general level of luxury of the car. S is the entry-level.
  • Engine
    Polo engines include petrol (MPI, TSI, ACT), diesel (TDI) and the size is given in litres (here it's 1.2). Some engines are the same size but available with different levels of power, so you'll often see the horsepower provided, which can be written as PS.
  • Gearbox
    DSG indicates an automatic gearbox
  • BMT
    BMT just stands for Bluemotion Technology and means the car has economy-boosting features. Most models come with this.

Volkswagen Polo Engines 

1.0 MPI, 1.0 TSI, 1.2 TSI, 1.4 ACT, 1.4 TDI, 1.8 TSI GTI

The Volkswagen Polo engine range is broad, so there should be something to suit all tastes. The range kicks off with a 1.0-litre MPI petrol that’s also found in the smaller Volkswagen up! city car, a 1.2 TSI and a 1.0 TSI that’s available in both 95PS (BlueMotion) and 110PS outputs across the rest of the range with more power than the larger 1.2.

There’s a 1.4 TSI ACT (Active Cylinder Technology) that’s available exclusively in BlueGT trim. Some of the cylinders in this engine shut down when they’re not required to boost efficiency.

At the top of the petrol range is a 1.8 TSI which is fitted to the GTI hot hatch version. If you’re after a diesel, the only one available is a 1.4 TDI. It’s not the fastest engine out there, but it boasts impressive economy figures of 83mpg and low CO2 emissions.

EngineFuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph

Top speed

1.0 MPI

Petrol

60.1mpg

60bhp

15.5s

100mph

1.0 TSI BMT

Petrol

68.9mpg

93bhp

10.5s

119mph

1.0 TSI

Petrol

60.1mpg

108bhp

9.3s

121mph

1.2 TSI

Petrol

60.1mpg

89bhp

10.8s

114mph

1.4 TSI ACT

Petrol

58.9mpg

148bhp

7.8s

131mph

1.8 TSI GTI

Petrol

47.1mpg

189bhp

6.7s

147mph

1.4 TDI

Diesel

83.1mpg

73bhp

12.9s

108mph

Volkswagen Polo Trims 

S, S A/C, SE, SE Design, SEL, Match, BlueMotion, BlueGT, R-Line, GTI

The Volkswagen Polo range is fairly comprehensive. The Polo S is the entry-level model and is quite basic - it doesn’t even have air-con. SE and Match models represent the middle of the range and would be our choice.

For now, they are sold alongside each other with only £100 price difference but Match is slightly better equipped. SE Design adds a couple of stylish trim add-ons with different alloy wheels and tinted windows, while SEL is more luxurious with more standard equipment, including cruise control, parking sensors and a front armrest.

R-Line adds a sporty bodykit and the economical BlueMotion is the choice for cost-conscious buyers. BlueGT comes exclusively with the 1.4 TSI ACT engine and features bespoke BlueGT trim and styling touches inside and out, while GTI adds larger alloys, plenty of GTI badges, red trim and tartan seats.

Volkswagen Polo Reliability and warranty 

The Volkswagen Polo came with a three-year, 60,000-mile new car warranty as standard. If you're buying recent carm then the remainer of the warranty will be transferred to you.

The warranty isn’t as long as the ones you’ll find in the Kia Rio (7 years) and Hyundai i20 (5 years), but the Polo is solidly put together, with high-quality materials inside and tight panel gaps outside which suggests good attention to detail in the manufacturing process.

In the 2015 Driver Power survey, the Polo came 167th out of 200 overall, which is disappointing considering VW’s reputation for solid reliability and build quality. It’s a safe car, though, and earned a five-star Euro NCAP rating in 2009.

Used Volkswagen Polo 

Like the Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta, the Volkswagen Polo is a very popular car on the second-hand market. Its solid build quality, upmarket image and comfortable driving experience means it’s slightly more expensive to buy than its main rivals, but that does mean you’ll get more for it when you come to sell it further down the line.

Don’t be put off by these higher prices, because Volkswagen’s ‘Das Welt Auto’ approved used car scheme throws in a one-year warranty with every used car, along with a few other perks such as 12 months’ roadside assistance.

At three years old and with 30,000 miles on the clock, you can expect to get around 45% of the car’s value back on a trade-in – this is the average for the Polo range and outperforms pretty much every other supermini. It may be more expensive to buy in the first place, but this is offset by the car’s ability to retain a lot of its value come resale time.

 

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Best for performance

Polo GTI 1.8 TSI 3dr

Price

£18,900

£15,845

£14,250

£12,280*

£11,040*

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16%

25%

35%

42%

Best for families

VW Polo 1.2 TSI Match 5dr

Price

£14,705

£12,802

£9,825

£8,570*

£7,680

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13%

33%

42%

48%

Best for economy

Polo 1.4 TDI 75 Match 5dr

Price

£15,770

£13,855

£9,580

£8,285

£7,505*

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39%

47%

52%

Volkswagen Polo Prices

Volkswagen Polo Beats

1.0 75 beats 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,776

You could save up to: £1864

1.0 beats 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,558

You could save up to: £1497

1.0 tsi 95 beats 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,416

You could save up to: £1939

1.0 tsi 95 beats 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £16,624

You could save up to: £2081

1.6 tdi beats 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,757

You could save up to: £2098

Volkswagen Polo GTI

2.0 tsi gti 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,146

You could save up to: £2369

Volkswagen Polo GTI+

2.0 tsi gti+ 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,488

You could save up to: £2527

Volkswagen Polo R Line

1.0 tsi 115 r line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,161

You could save up to: £2144

1.0 tsi 115 r line 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,370

You could save up to: £2285

1.0 tsi 95 r line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,177

You could save up to: £2028

Volkswagen Polo S

1.0 s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,888

You could save up to: £1342

Volkswagen Polo SE

1.0 75 se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,837

You could save up to: £1753

1.0 se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,597

You could save up to: £1408

1.0 tsi 95 se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,476

You could save up to: £1829

1.0 tsi 95 se 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £15,685

You could save up to: £1970

1.6 tdi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,817

You could save up to: £1988

Volkswagen Polo SEL

1.0 tsi 115 sel 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,490

You could save up to: £2065

1.0 tsi 115 sel 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £17,698

You could save up to: £2207

1.6 tdi 95 sel 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,482

You could save up to: £2183