Volkswagen Polo - best superminis

Volkswagen Polo - best superminis
23 Apr, 2019 3:45pm

It's not the best looking supermini, but its breadth of talents helps the Volkswagen Polo stand out

Prices: £15,735-£23,160
Engines: 1.0 (64, 79, 94, 113bhp), 2.0-litre petrol; 1.6-litre diesel
Trims: SE, Beats, R-Line, SEL, GTI, GTI Plus
Economy: 38.7-57.6mpg
CO2: 97-141g/km
0-62mph: 6.7-15.4 seconds

Although it’s classed as a supermini by modern standards, the latest Volkswagen Polo has grown to be about the same size as the Mk5 Golf sold from 2004 to 2009. The result is a small car that feels spacious and grown-up, while its up-to-date MQB platform brings an array of great engines and a polished driving experience.

You’ll pay a premium to enjoy the Polo’s top-quality build and desirable badge – especially if you choose a higher trim level – but its breadth of ability is more than worth the outlay. All models are relatively well equipped, with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, all-round electric windows, 15-inch alloys and a leather steering wheel. We’d stick with the entry-level SE model; opt for this and the 1.0-litre TSI 95 petrol engine, and you’ll get the best combination of performance and economy.

The Polo is only sold as a five-door and there’s the rear space to match; it’s a supermini that could stand in as a small family car if required. If you can afford it, this is one of the class’s finest choices.

Best superminis to buy now

  1. 1. Ford Fiesta
  2. 2. SEAT Ibiza
  3. 3. MINI 5-door
  4. 4. Skoda Fabia
  5. 5. Citroen C3
  6. 6. Volkswagen Polo
  7. 7. Dacia Sandero
  8. 8. Kia Rio
  9. 9. Mazda 2
  10. 10. Toyota Yaris