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Volkswagen Polo

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Summary


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 worst scores than for the Ford Fiesta. It is generally praised for high levels of build quality and general refinement. As of August 2021, the Polo holds an Expert Rating of 76%, which makes it one of the top-ranked small cars on sale.

A facelifted model was revealed in April 2021, which is set to go on sale in the UK in Autumn 2021.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatch
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £17,355 on-road

Launched: Winter 2017/18
Last updated: Summer 2020
Updated model due: Autumn 2021


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Auto Express

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Honest John

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Motors.co.uk

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2017

96%

ADULT OCCUPANT

85%

CHILD OCCUPANT

76%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

59%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Volkswagen Polo has not 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 inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

If the Polo is selected for assessment by Green NCAP, we will publish the results here.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen Polo has received

2020

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Car

2019

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Supermini
  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Car
  • Carwow Awards – Little Legend Award
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Supermini

2018

  • 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

Similar cars


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