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Volkswagen Polo

(2017 - present)

The Volkswagen Polo is a small supermini-class five-door hatchback. The current model was launched at the end of 2017 and has become one of the best-selling cars in the UK.

There is a hot-hatch version called the Polo GTI. We are building a separate page for this version, so check back soon.

The Volkswagen Polo has received generally good scores from the UK media, but there is more variation between the best and worse scores than for the Ford Fiesta. It is generally praised for high levels of build quality and general refinement.

Body style: Five-door hatch
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £15,690 on-road

Launched: Winter 2017/18
Last updated:
Replacement due: TBA


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

The Car Expert


Auto Express










Honest John




The Sun


The Sunday Times


Top Gear


What Car?





Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2017









Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Volkswagen Polo has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic. It is due to resume in the second half of the year.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen Polo has received


  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Car


  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Supermini
  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Car
  • carwow Awards – Little Legend Award


  • World Car of the Year Awards – World Urban Car of the Year
  • FirstCar Awards – Safe Car of the Year
  • Tow Car Awards – Best Ultralight Tow Car
  • carwow Awards – Little Legend Award

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