Autocar - - ROAD TEST -

The Polo’s han­dling around the Mill­brook hill route won’t linger long in the mem­ory and that’s both a com­pli­ment and a crit­i­cism. You won’t find a more vice­less small car to drive quickly. Its grip level is am­ple, even on the stan­dard 15in wheels and in damp, chilly con­di­tions, and its han­dling is as near to un­flap­pable as su­per­mi­nis get.

Take a tight cor­ner hard and the car rolls, but in con­tained fashion on both lean an­gle and roll rate. It re­sponds fairly keenly on turn-in and keeps grip­ping hard at the front wheels even when the body’s set­tled on the out­side wheels, al­low­ing you to tighten your line if you need to.

Al­though the sta­bil­ity con­trol sys­tem has a Sport mode, you’ll rarely need it: the sys­tem is far from in­tru­sive even when you’re driv­ing quickly and it neatly and clev­erly keeps the car on line and under con­trol with­out you real­is­ing that it’s work­ing.

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