My previous car was a Honda Prelude 2.2VTEC, which was amazing. But when running the car became too expensive, I decided to opt for a cheaper, smaller economy car. My first car was a VW Golf, so, after looking at around 20 or so Honda Civics and finding them all to have been badly neglected, the Polo seemed a good second choice.
The car gets around 33-35mpg day to day which really isn't all that impressive for a little car. The upside to this however is the car is very cheap to maintain, so long as you avoid main dealers.
Apart from having rattles and the engine being quite noisy, the car is actually pretty good, for what it is. It handles the job of being a reliable and sturdy run-a-round very well. It starts first time even on very cold mornings, and warms up quickly.
The gearbox has a very short ratio, but once up to higher gears, bags of torque from the 8 valve engine mean you don't really need to change gears at all! A lot of people mention the bodyroll, but this only occurs at back-off speeds. If you actually drive it slightly harder than you think you can, the handling sorts itself out. Very strange sensation, but quite safe.
The GLX is very comfortable and well kitted out. The seats are Recaro style, with height as well as back adjustments. You also get electric windows and mirrors which is a nice bonus. The only thing wrong about the driving position is the pedals. They are a little too close together, with obtrusive panels either side. This means the accelerator is sometimes hard to get, and there is nowhere to put your left foot after you lifted off the clutch. Very annoying!