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The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen Polo

Overall verdict
The sensible person's supermini of choice now makes even more sense.


Nice looking, superbly made and with cracking engines


It is a trifle expensive, not the most dynamic of superminis


What is it?

One of the supermini staples, bigger than an Up and smaller than a Golf, but the same workmanlike style of VW-tastic hatchness. Comes in three or five-door flavours, updated in this latest generation with sharper, more linear bumpers, slightly re-designed headlights and various bits of chrome, with an interior heavily influenced by the Golf. Not revolutionary, but also almost impossible to be offended by. 

It offers a range of engines, stretching from a forthcoming Polo GTI with 192bhp, to a more prosaic 60bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder ‘S’. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.8 TSI 180 GTI 3dr
6.7s 129g/km 47.1 190 £18,800
The cheapest
1.0 S 3dr
15.5s 108g/km 58.9 60 £11,775
The greenest
1.4 TDI 75 Match Edition 3dr
12.9s 95g/km 76.3 75 £15,470
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