Volkswagen Polo

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How much does the Volkswagen Polo cost to run?

The 1.2L diesel is the most economical Volkswagen Polo to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Volkswagen Polo 1.2L diesel is free to tax, as it sits in tax band A.

It does almost 81 MPG on average, which means it will cost £8.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Peugeot 208 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Alfa Romeo Mito 1.2L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 9, which is lower than the Alfa Romeo Mito 1.2L diesel, but higher than the Vauxhall Corsa 1.2L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Ford KA+ has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.2L diesel1.2L petrol1.4L diesel1.4L petrol
mpg58.9 - 68.972.4 - 80.751.4 - 60.174.3 - 91.147.9 - 61.4
emissions94 - 10891 - 102107 - 12882 - 97107 - 139
tax£0.00 - £20.00£0.00 - £20.00£125.00 - £20.00£0.00£145.00 - £20.00
insuranceGroup 6 - 18Group 9Group 3 - 19Group 13 - 16Group 9 - 30

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Volkswagen Polo: How big is the boot?

The Volkswagen Polo has an above average boot space (278 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and one large bag. Alternatively you could load up with 2 large bags or 2 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Skoda Fabia estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 3 large bags with its 515 litres.

Is the Volkswagen Polo easy to park?

While not the absolute narrowest car (that is the Hyundai I10), this is in the top third for ease of parking in car parks. Given a typical supermarket space, it will fill just under three quarters of the space.

If you don’t park in the street that much, then the Polo is fine. It will go in to an average street slot, giving you a gap of 830mm to swing in and out. But if you street park a lot you may want to look at the Smart Forfour.

Which Volkswagen Polo has the best performance?

The fastest Volkswagen Polo from 0-60, is the 1.8L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 320 lbs/ft torque and 192 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 6.7 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Renault Clio 1.6L petrol, which will beat your Volkswagen Polo to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.2L diesel1.2L petrol1.4L diesel1.4L petrol
zeroTo629.3 - 15.513.99.3 - 16.110.9 - 12.96.9 - 12.1
torque95 - 220180108 - 175210 - 230132 - 250
bhp60 - 1107560 - 11075 - 9085 - 180

What size caravan or trailer, can the Volkswagen Polo tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Volkswagen Polo 1.8L petrol which has 320 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1200kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.