Friday, August 31, 2007

Volkswagen Polo Review

Volkswagen Polo

The Polo is a very highly regarded small car and has been on sale since early 2002. It's tough, adequately - although not generously - equipped, and available with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines. As a new buy, it's rather pricey and you may not get all the kit you expect as standard, but the pay-off is that it should lose less money than some of its rivals. That's why used Polo bargains are few and far between. There was a minor facelift in summer 2005, which brought a revised interior and a new look to the front end.

A simple look, with all the buttons and switches in the right places. Drivers familiar with other VW products should feel at home, as much of the switchgear has a similar feel to other cars in the range. Visibility is pretty good, which is ideal for town driving. The driving position is comfortable and should suit most shapes and there's adequate adjustment. The driver's seat is adjustable for height on most models.

Rear passengers get a better deal in five-door models than in the three-doors. It's easier to get in-and-out of and there's slightly more legroom. However, the rear is only suitable for two adult passengers. Aside from that, the cabin is airy and light and there's good head and legroom for the front passenger. Ride comfort is good, but Polo does suffer from excessive wind noise at speed and from engine noise with lesser-engine models.

Volkswagen Polo has ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, driver and front passenger airbags, height and reach-adjustable steering wheel, electro-mechanical power-assisted steering, radio/CD player with four speakers, central locking, electronic engine immobiliser, five three-point seatbelts and ISOFIX child seat points. S adds 'Climatic' semi-automatic air conditioning, 14-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, front electric windows, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, body-coloured door mirrors and door handles and split folding rear seat. SE gets driver and front seat passenger height adjustment, driver and front seat passenger under seat drawer, remote central locking with alarm, front seat back storage pockets, radio/CD player with 8 speakers and 12V socket in luggage compartment. Top-spec Sport gains 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, chrome trimmed radiator grille surround, front sports seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake grip, multifunction computer and sports suspension.
Source: parkers

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