2008 Volkswagen Polo United 1.4 TDI


Very good, not so cheap-to-run little car


Driver's electric window stopped working at 55000 km; cheap to fix.

Rear seats would not fold at around 60000 km; very expensive to fix, because the piece that had broken was very difficult to access.

Front brake discs have had to be replaced at 100000 km.

General Comments:

The best thing about this car is the fuel economy; about 4.5 litres per 100 km if driven at 90 km/h; 5 litres at 120 km/h; and 6 at 140 km/h.

Handling is excellent, stability very good, dynamically an excellent car with great grip, good with wet weather, excellent brakes...

Seating is comfortable enough, but not great.

Stereo system is very good.

All in all, however, I regret having bought this car. Servicing is very expensive, which means that, despite the unbelievable fuel economy, running costs are average.

All in all, I have spent around 2000 euros for servicing and repairs on this car in 2 and a half years and a little over 50,000 km. I have always taken the car to the official Volkswagen dealer, which is extremely expensive.

There also seems to be a chronic untraceable fault with the electrical system, which means that the lights on a few occasions start to suddenly flicker, as though there was not enough electrical power to feed them - can be disturbing at night.

I expected this to be a more utilitarian, simpler, more practical car, but, despite its small size, it is an incredibly safe, stable, Porsche-handling car, with all that comes with that: very complex and sophisticated parts, which drive the running costs all the way up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th June, 2013

14th Jun 2013, 23:35

Thank you for your honest comments. My son's Jetta had many electrical problems, so this seems to be constant source of irritation with certain VW models. Many of your comments could easily apply to the BMW 3-series autos owned by my other son and by my daughter. It is strange to hear folks talk about "German quality", when most of the VW cars are built in OTHER countries, and thus LACK the high quality once associated with German made products! Here in North America, we receive Golfs and New Beetles made in Mexico, and the poor construction and constant repair hassles are legendary!

1990 Volkswagen Polo CL Bel Air 1.3 petrol


A good first car that will impress you!!!


I've got problems with the front seats, especially with the driver one. It make the car especially uncomfortable when you drive for a long time.

The clutch died when the car was over 100.000 km, but it wasn't too expensive to change.

There is a "flood" in the glove compartment every time it rains.

I've problems with the oil pressure gouge, one day it starts to sound and after change the sensor it still sounds some times, but the engine works well.

I change the shocks and brakes disk and now the car ride very nice.

General Comments:

It's a cheap, little and handle car, perfect like first car.

It has a big and useful boot, bigger than you could think of these car.

The 1.3 engine is hard and works very well. You can get a good rhythm on highway, but theme it sound very hard too.

I'm thinking now in buy another car more comfortable, but my girlfriend have start to cry when I said. I think she loves the car more than me. We have made some travels over Spain whith the Polo and never has failed us. And our first kiss was on these car...

Sorry for my English, I'm Spanish!


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2003