2002 Volkswagen Polo Standard 1.2 from UK and Ireland


Avoid at all costs


Very disappointed with reliability. Have experienced engine management problems. The speed dial, rev counter and petrol gauger cut out at once resulting in having to stop and restart car. It cut out in the fast lane of M6!

Fans make a loud rattling noise from time to time.

General Comments:

It's OK, but nothing special. Very disappointed considering money paid for reliability and quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd March, 2003

2002 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Very poor indeed


We purchased this car purely for the legendary Volkswagen build quality and reliability.

Instead we got a car with serious engine management problems which now understand is a common problem with these new Polos.

Engine management and emissions warning lights have repeatedly come on and Volkswagen are seemingly unable to resolve the problem.

Volkswagen have released updated software for this problem, but many are suggesting that this is only a hack to stop the warning light from reporting the underlying problem anymore.

Apart from this, it is the build quality is very good, but the experiences that we have had would mean that we will not risk buying another Volkswagen.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th January, 2003

21st Apr 2003, 03:36

This review is spot on - the new Polo is always breaking down due too bad engine management. Four times in 5 months - and it is under a year old. My wife is going spare about it.

10th Sep 2004, 02:02

I have a Polo 1.4 TDI. I'm very satisfied with it. Maybe you guys just had a bad luck. "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. " - Samuel Beckett ;)

2002 Volkswagen Polo tdi sports 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Could be great, but poor build spoils it


The fuel filler cap would not shut and had to be replaced.

The dash rattles constantly.

General Comments:

This is a genuinely quick car and I am very impressed with the performance.

Economy is fantastic with an average of 55 mpg despite some enthusiastic driving.

Build quality is considerably worse than the golf and un-acceptable at the price.

The dash is made of poor platic and creaks and groans all the time.

The dealer is incapable of fixing this or indeed returning phone calls.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th December, 2002