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Volkswagen Polo review - Interior, design and technology

Volkswagen has introduced subtle exterior changes for the Polo, with a stylish cabin and impressive infotainment

From a design standpoint, the sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo is an evolution of the fifth-generation car, and while it lacks the sharp flair of the SEAT Ibiza or the Mazda 2 it’s a neatly designed supermini. However, it looks more like a Golf than ever, especially because it's grown considerably in width. 

While the business-as-usual shape means that the VW Polo isn’t quite as eye-catching as some rivals, you can’t fault the level of the fit and finish. Tight shut lines are a sign of its quality, plus the classless looks mean it will appeal to a broad cross-section of customers. An enormous paint colour palette and roster of optional alloy wheels means that you’ll be able to make the Polo your own. 

A facelift in 2021 brought in exterior styling tweaks, with new matrix-LED headlights as standard on the mid-spec Style model and above, along with a full-width LED running light at the front. The nose is sharper, while the redesigned rear lights look very similar to the cluster design on the Polo's bigger Golf sibling. It's in the cabin, however, where you'll notice most of the updates.

Every Polo version features a standard digital instrument display, measuring either 8 or 10.25 inches. A new multifunction steering wheel is also included, along with a redesigned panel for the heating and ventilation controls - which are now touch sensitive.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The Polo's infotainment system works well, with bright, clear graphics and rapid responses to prods of the screen. Bluetooth connectivity is standard, along with a DAB radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Volkswagen’s We Connect Plus system is also included for all versions, bringing you real-time traffic info and live music streaming.

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  • Name
    1.0 Life 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
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  • Name
    1.0 Life 5dr
  • Gearbox type
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  • Price
    £17,415

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  • Name
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  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £25,745

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