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The Polo impresses with its excellent build quality and advanced safety technology

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The Volkswagen Polo is a handsome supermini that offers a spacious cabin and a broad range of safety features.

If you're in the market for an affordable supermini, you will have likely considered the Polo alongside the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. Whilst the Fiesta and Corsa are excellent choices, they can't match the build quality of the Polo, which is arguably in a class of its own.

There are a variety of reasons to consider the Polo as a used car, which include:

  • Refined driving experience
  • Efficient range of engines
  • Affordable running costs
  • Spacious
  • Multitude of safety features

Engines and Driving Experience

Volkswagen Polo front

The Polo offers a more mature driving experience than the majority of its rivals, which should appeal if you value comfort and refinement. If you want more fun, then the sporty GTI variant will offer the thrills you seek.

This generation of Polo has been available with a variety of engines throughout its lifetime, which are mostly petrol-powered. A diesel was in production for a while, but has been discontinued in recent years. We've highlighted the most popular engines below:


  • 1.0-litre: 80bhp, 0 to 62mph in 14.9 seconds, up to 51.4mpg
  • 1.0-litre: 95bhp, 0 to 62mph in 10.8 seconds, up to 53.3mpg
  • 1.0-litre: 110bhp, 0 to 62mph in 10.4 seconds, up to 54.3mpg
  • 2.0-litre GTI: 207bhp, 0 to 62mph in 6.5 seconds, up to 41.5mpg


  • 1.6-litre: 95bhp, 0 to 62mph in 11.2 seconds, up to 74.3mpg

Practicality and Running Costs

Volkswagen Polo boot

With a spacious cabin and wide-opening rear doors, the Polo is easy to recommend if you have a young family. ISOFIX anchor points are present in the back seats, making it straightforward to fit a child's seat.

Offering 351 litres of boot space, the Polo is among the leaders in this segment, and is even on par with some cars in the class above. For reference, the Volkswagen Golf, which is the Polo's bigger brother, has a 380-litre boot.

The majority of Polo models don't exceed insurance group 10 (50 being the highest), so your annual premiums shouldn't be too hefty. If you opt for the GTI, then we'd recommend budgeting more for consumables, such as tyres and brakes. Affordable servicing and maintenance is available through all Evans Halshaw retailers.

Interior, Technology, and Safety

Volkswagen Polo interior

The quality of the Polo's interior is pretty high, which helps distinguish it from rivals in the same segment. A central touchscreen features as standard across the range, and offers intuitive navigation of the media system and vehicle settings.

Later versions of the Polo come with a generous list of equipment as standard. Air conditioning, all-round electric windows, Bluetooth and parking sensors are just some of the features you can expect when buying a Polo.

If you want something sportier, but don't want a GTI, then an R-Line comes with various enhancements without the increased running costs.

The Polo achieved a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, scoring 96 percent for adult occupant protection and 85 percent for child protection. Standard safety features include:

  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • Hill hold control

Is the Volkswagen Polo right for me?

If you want a mature and comfortable supermini that offers affordable running costs, then the Volkswagen Polo will be right up your street. The excellent build quality and big boot make the Polo more appealing than it already is.

The supermini segment is very congested, so it's worth checking out some of the competition before committing. The Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa are exceptional superminis that will cost less to buy and run. We'd also recommend the Hyundai i20 if you want something a bit more left-field.

Why purchase a used Volkswagen Polo through Evans Halshaw?

Find your ideal used car with Evans Halshaw

At Evans Halshaw, we have a variety of used cars for you to choose from. Each car is carefully selected by our teams before making its way through the rigorous preparation process, where it's inspected by a qualified technician and then fully valeted.

All our vehicles are fully HPI checked, giving you peace of mind when making a decision. In addition, we're able to offer Home Delivery to UK mainland addresses, giving you flexibility when searching for your next car.

We're also able to offer you a tailored Service Plan for your selected car, which allows you to spread the cost of maintenance over an agreed period of time, whilst saving you money in the process.

If you'd like some advice on picking the right car for you, or you've spotted a vehicle and want more information, please contact your nearest Evans Halshaw dealership, where one of our friendly associates will be more than happy to help.