Brings ‘big car’ space, class, kit and fin­ish to this class like never be­fore

Autocar - - ROAD TEST -

The Polo has never been an easy car about which to en­thuse and it re­mains res­o­lutely that way. Even so, its sheer com­plete­ness, dis­tin­guish­ing prac­ti­cal­ity and abun­dant ra­tio­nal ap­peal are all im­pos­si­ble to deny. This is a more grown-up, spa­cious, well-man­nered Polo than VW has made be­fore, with a breadth of abil­ity that most su­per­mini mak­ers wouldn’t even aim for, never mind achieve. It comes at a price pre­mium but jus­ti­fies that in so many ways: with its tech­no­log­i­cal so­phis­ti­ca­tion; with its re­as­sur­ing on-road han­dling man­ners; with its rounded blend of per­for­mance, driv­abil­ity, econ­omy and re­fine­ment and with its per­ceived qual­ity.

If you pre­fer your small cars with a youth­ful, spring-heeled sense of dy­namic vi­vac­ity or a keen sense of style – and both tend to mark out an ap­peal­ing su­per­mini in our book – the Polo is un­likely to hit the spot, which partly ex­plains why it falls marginally shy of class lead­er­ship (be­low). Sub­stance is pri­ori­tised front and cen­tre be­fore style in this car, but the suc­cess with which it’s de­liv­ered re­mains a con­vinc­ing ad­vert for ra­tio­nal think­ing.

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