Volkswagen Polo (2018-present)

Bigger than ever, the "small" Volkswagen Polo now has enough space for an entire family

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Quality look and feel
Comfortable ride
Holds its value well

Weaknesses 

Not as compact as earlier models
Higher-specification models are expensive
Steady, rather than exciting, to drive
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Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.0 tsi 115 r line 5dr dsg

Total RRP £20,920

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Latest-generation Volkswagen Polo prices from £10,198
   Finance from
£162 per month

Small is not really a word that you’d associate with the latest Volkswagen Polo.

Even though it’s one of the most compact new Volkswagens that you can buy, the boot will take three large suitcases and the back of the Polo will accommodate two adults under 6ft (three is a squeeze).

It looks and feels like a bigger car too, with a conservative exterior design; solid and clearly laid-out interior; and a comfortable, stable ride over poorly-maintained British roads.

If you were considering a Volkswagen Golf or similar family hatchback, then the odds are the the Polo will suit you just as well - for a lower price.

Brand new models start at more than £14,000 before discountsand nearly new 2018 Polos cost from £10,198 on BuyaCar. The Volkswagen's strong used values help to keep the cost of finance under control: monthly instalments start at £162.

A cheaper option is the previous-generation Polo, which ended production in 2017. This has similarly grown-up design and performance, but has less space in the back and boot. Prices for these cars start at £5,895.

The problem with the latest Polo’s spaciousness is that it’s no longer a small and nippy runaround. It’s now more than four metres long and approaching 1.8 metres wide, which makes it less manoeuvrable in tight spots.

The approach has also been followed by the newest of its rivals: the Ford Fiesta and Seat Ibiza, which offer similar dimensions and interior space, although the Polo’s 351-litre boot is larger than the 311 litres in the Fiesta.

For truly pint-size motoring, the Volkswagen up!, Hyundai i10 and Renault Twingo will give you much more chance of squeezing into a tight parking space.

Last Updated 

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 21:45

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
355 litres
Width: 
1682mm
Length: 
3972mm
Heigth: 
1453mm
Tax: 
£125-£205 in first year, £140 thereafter

Best Volkswagen Polo for... 

Volkswagen Polo SE TDI 80
The diesel 80hp and 95hp engines return similar fuel economy, but the least powerful engine is the only one that you can buy in good-value SE specification.
Volkswagen Polo SE 1.0 TSI 115
If you’re not covering high mileages, the SE 1.0 TSI 95 petrol offers a good blend of price, economy and performance.
VW Polo GTI 2.0 TSI 200
With acceleration from 0-62mph taking just 6.7 seconds, the GTI is the Polo to beat.
VW Polo S 1.0 EVO 65
The sparse feel of this most basic of Polos (no split-fold rear seats, alloy wheels or rear electric windows and vry little power) make it one to avoid unless you're looking for the cheapest insurance costs

Volkswagen Polo History 

  • January 2018 New Polo goes on sale
  • May 2018 All current-generatio Polos built to this date are recalled over risk of a dangerous centre rear seatbelt failure
  • November 2018 Sporty Polo GTI is launched
  • February 2019 Least powerful 1-litre 65hp & 75hp petrol engines replaced 1.0 EVO 65hp & 80hp petrol engines.

Understanding Volkswagen Polo car names 

  • Polo
  • Trim level
    SE
  • Engine
    1.0 TSI 95
  • Gearbox
    DSG
  • Trim level
    Each one of the seven trim levels features a different amount of standard equipment and comes at a different price. S is most basic, while GTO+ is at the top of the range.
  • Engine
    The engine's size is shown in litres (here it's 1.0). If that's followed by TSI or EVO, then the engine is petrol-powered. TDI motors are diesels. The final number is the power output in PS - a virtually identical measure as horsepower (hp).
  • Gearbox
    The automatic gearbox in the Polo is badged DSG.

Volkswagen Polo Trims 

S, SE, beats, SEL, R-Line, GTI, GTI+

S is the cheapest Polo trim and you can tell. Costs are cut by fitting an all-in-one rear bench seat, which can't be folded in two separate parts. There are steel wheels, rear passengers will have to wind up their own windows, and the only engine available is a weedy 65hp unit.

That said, air conditioning is standard, as is an 8in dashboard screen, which enables you to control your phone when it's plugged in or connected wirelessly by Bluetooth (but there's no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to bring full app functionality). Automatic emergency braking, which can help avoid frontal crashes, is standard.

The £800 upgrade to SE trim is worth it for the increase in engine choice alone: higher-powered petrol motors, a diesel and a petrol automatic can be fitted to SE cars which also add 15in alloy wheels, a leather trimmed steering wheel, rear electric windows, powered mirrors and a 60/40 split-fold rear seat.

SE cars also have Volkswagen's Car-Net App-Connect, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, giving full use of compatible apps on the the touchscreen (including mapping, messaging, music and podcasts), as well as voice control.

Beats trim is designed to attract younger buyers, primarily thanks to a powerful eight-speaker audio system, larger 16in alloy wheels and red highlights on the dashboard and upholstery.

If you're downgrading from a larger car, then SEL trim won't feel too shabby in comparison, thanks to standard climate control, parking sensors at the front and back, mood lighting and sat-nav. However, it’s quite expensive and in the case of the automatic DSG version, for less than £1000 more you could have the genuinely sporty Polo GTI with even larger alloy wheels, sportier trim and a locking differential for better grip while cornering fast, not to mention its much more powerful 200hp engine.

Volkswagen Polo Prices

Volkswagen Polo Beats

1.0 evo 80 beats 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,444

You could save up to: £2416

1.0 tsi 95 beats 5dr

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

Starting at: £15,080

You could save up to: £2495

1.0 tsi 95 beats 5dr dsg

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

Starting at: £16,302

You could save up to: £2643

Volkswagen Polo GTI

2.0 tsi gti 5dr dsg

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

Starting at: £19,472

You could save up to: £2188

Volkswagen Polo GTI+

2.0 tsi gti+ 5dr dsg

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

Starting at: £20,807

You could save up to: £2353

Volkswagen Polo R Line

1.0 tsi 115 r line 5dr

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

Starting at: £16,858

You could save up to: £2712

1.0 tsi 115 r line 5dr dsg

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

Starting at: £18,059

You could save up to: £2861

1.0 tsi 95 r line 5dr

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

Starting at: £15,859

You could save up to: £2591

Volkswagen Polo S

1.0 evo 80 s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,828

You could save up to: £2217

Volkswagen Polo SE

1.0 evo 80 se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,607

You could save up to: £2313

1.0 tsi 95 se 5dr

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

Starting at: £14,244

You could save up to: £2391

1.0 tsi 95 se 5dr dsg

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

Starting at: £15,445

You could save up to: £2540

Volkswagen Polo SEL

1.0 tsi 115 sel 5dr

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

Starting at: £16,101

You could save up to: £2619

1.0 tsi 115 sel 5dr dsg

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

Starting at: £17,303

You could save up to: £2767

1.6 tdi 95 sel 5dr

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

Starting at: £17,052

You could save up to: £2738

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