1993 Volkswagen Polo Fox 1.0 from UK and Ireland


Seat adjuster cable needed replacing.

Outside trim and bumpers have come unattached.

Rear parcel shelf clips have snapped.

Window handles are stiff.

Hand brake light kept coming on.


Seat belt came loose from holder.

Rotor arm needed replacing as well as distributor cap.

Clutch cable wore out.

General Comments:

Performance is shocking, around 18 seconds for 0-60!!! First gear has to be the worst, although I once took it up to 30 in first gear, which ended in a visit to the garage. Brakes are pretty naff, they lock up in the wet. Handling is poor, I'm on a new set of front tyres for the second time, £60 for two Uniroyals which hardly improves the handling at all.

Two many bits of fiddly trim on the car, the car is terribly outdated for a 1993 vehicle and many areas of it seem awful. I wish I'd never bought the bloody shed, and I'd rather eat a bagle than drive this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th June, 1999

2nd Feb 2001, 18:13

Anyone who comments that the "speakers are crap" doesn't know a thing about the Polo. If you want good speakers, don't buy a 1.0 litre budget car. If however you are after a great little first car and a vehicle where you will undoubtedly get a good resale value regardless of mileage, buy the Polo, it's a great little runabout, the 1.0 litre will get you 45mpg+, the tax is 55 quid (6 months) and my car, which is also a '91 hatchback has over 220,000 on the same engine.

Hack it, and like any car you will eventually be looking at bills. Great no frills motoring.

1993 Volkswagen Polo Genesis Hatchback 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Head gasket at 55,000 miles.

Rear shock absorbers.

General Comments:

Quite quick for a 1.0, handles OK, supremely reliable, fantastic build quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 1998

1993 Volkswagen Polo Genesis Coupe 1.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


A puncture, a stolen radio due to the radio being mounted in a prominent position, and the sunroof winder came off in my hand (loose screw).

General Comments:

Very happy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 1998