The supermini segment comes in all shapes and sizes and typically manufacturers offer quirky styling and extensive personalisation options for these cars. However, the Polo avoids much of this.
It could be considered the sensible, grown-up option in this sector of the market, then. It’s for buyers who don’t want to be too showy and just want the reliability and practicality Volkswagen has become famous for.
The Polo is arguably the most capable supermini on sale, offering decent space compared to rivals and a high-quality cabin. However, you can pay a bit more for the privilege of such quality, so we’ve decided to run through the trim levels to make it easier to see where your money is best spent.
The smart choice for those on a budget – Polo S
The entry-level Polo is rather bland to look at but it still packs an impressive amount of features.
There are electric windows at the front and a steering wheel that’s adjustable for height and reach, meaning it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position. The interior gets high-gloss black trim pieces, which are most obvious on the air vents and gear lever.
The stereo system boasts DAB digital radio – which is so often missing from standard equipment in this segment – and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Volkswagen Polo S starts at £11,635.
The smart choice for value for money – Polo BlueMotion
If you’re willing to pay a bit more upfront for long-term savings and more equipment, you can get into a Polo with more exterior styling touches and a much-improved engine.
On the outside, there are 15-inch alloy wheels and tweaked styling touches designed to improve aerodynamics.
Extra features over the S include an alarm system, remote central locking and front fog lights. Inside, there are chrome highlights and decorative inserts that make the cabin a lighter, airier space.
The 1.0-litre BlueMotion petrol engine offers excellent value for money, thanks to the fact it emits just 98g/km of CO2, so it’s free to tax. It also achieves 67.3mpg on the combined cycle, so it’s cheap to run, too.
The Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion is available from £15,115.
The smart choice for technophiles – Polo GTI
For those who want all of the available technology in a fun-to-drive package, it has to be the Polo GTI.
The engine is the highlight, offering 189bhp from the 1.8-litre petrol unit. The most exciting transmission from a technical point of view is the DSG automatic, which offers fast upshifts that’ll mean you probably won’t miss having to shift gears yourself.
Two 17-inch alloy wheel designs are available, while the interior cloth upholstery comes with a ‘Jacara’ tartan design in a nod to Volkswagen’s GTI heritage.
The exterior has undergone a subtle redesign, which gives the Polo a sportier and more purposeful appearance. There’s a new rear spoiler, red accents on the radiator and red brake callipers to accentuate the sporty character.
A GTI-specific interior package is fitted, which includes aluminium-look pedals, while the infotainment system can handle multiple smartphone devices from the 6.5-inch colour touchscreen.
The Volkswagen Polo GTI starts at £19,235.