I tend to believe Euro NCAP who actually test these things. According to their research, the Clio, Corsa, Yaris and Punto are all safer, and the Fiesta, C2 and Jazz just as safe.
Clunky doors and touchy feely plastics don't make a safe car.
The previous message is mis-leading. You cannot get a Polo 1100 for a start - yours is probably the 1200. If it is, it will be the 3 cylinder which will have a slightly rougher idle than the four cylinder. YOUR WIPERS ARE WORN - CHANGE THEM!!! OR CLEAN THEM!!!. You cannot blame the car for having parking sensors as your mum ordered them as an extra!!! They are supposed to bleep!!! The brakes do need to be checked though - normally on my new shape POLO they are fantastically strong. Judging by the review, you probably are not that kind in your driving - slow down a bit. I think the Polo is a fantastic car. To the other poster - a solid door clunk is an indication to the strength of a car - have you seen how thin the door metal is on the fiesta, yaris, etc??? It is reassuring that the Polo hasn't cut money saving costs everywhere (like cheap plastics, thin metal, etc). Go Polo.
Er, no the wipers don't need cleaning and there are no flaws in the blades (splits or cuts), I drive very sedately and I'm sorry I assumed this car was 1100 but it seems to perform about as well as the morris minor I had several years ago. Is the polo a very heavy car?
P.s. Can I disable the parking radar and where is the dash display dimmer? it's certainly not where the manual says it is and the subtle (red and blue!?) dash lights are very bad on the eyes at night.
I would never touch a German car in my life. I just prefer Japanese cars in terms of reliabilty and value for money. This is my opinion and I don't mean to cause offense to anyone!
Stop abusing exclamation marks. (a couple of comments above me). The Polo is crap, it makes me feel sick driving in it, the brakes don't work and we should just sell it and go back to driving our lovely dolomite. I just about hate every new car I've ever been in. In my experience, old cars are more reliable, we never had major problems with any of our old cars which were at least 15 years old when we bought them, but we've had the stupid polo 6 months and had it in the garage 4 times.
Well I guess that makes you biased, in your comment you said you have hated every new car you have ever driven and so that means that your review of the polo is biased. Possibly the only reason you are saying that about the polo is that you happen to have one and would say the same of any other "new" car you had.
I've a 51 plate TDi Polo which I'm looking to change, most likely for a newer Polo, but the problem I've found is that the dealers aren't that great - very expensive with just an oil change costing 'from' £160.
I've had my car serviced privately from new and apart from a problem with the electric windows, it's been totally reliable and solid. The trouble when looking for a new car is that nothing seems as solid and well built.
I just bought a 56 plate Polo (15,000 miles) as my 2nd car (1st car was a Ford Ka and involved in an accident) and I feel SO much safer in the Polo! It feels much more secure, solid and reliable. I am in love with it at the moment, and all the features it has to offer even on the basic model!
It runs smoothly, has a spacious interior and also has suprisingly large amounts of boot space.
A lot more than I would have expected from any other small car! I don't understand how/why people don't like them, because I love my Polo and hope to have it for a very long time!
My 2006 Polo has a vibration on tick over and has cut out on acceleration losing power a few times. Scary stuff! The engine management light came on so I took to the garage who said it was the coil pack. Made a claim to VW as it was 2 weeks out of warranty; they happily paid up, which I was chuffed with! But when I got my car back, it isn't any better at all! It's going back tomorrow. It has 26000 miles, all driven by myself only and I drive very carefully as I have my kids in most of the time. I fear it's the beginning of the end and will start to cost me money, and would like anybody's view on my problem as to what's up with it! Thanks.
I have loved my VW polo 1.4 TDISsport till about 2 weeks ago. I now seem to have my foot to the floor in all gears to get it to move. There is no acceleration anymore. Any ideas?
To the driver of the 1.4TDI, it sounds to me like your air flow meter has possibly failed. If you take it to a dealer or a back street garage, make sure they do a full 'scope test' on it. Air flow meter faults are particularly hard to diagnose, as they rarely log the fault in the engine management system. A replacement unit should cost about £65-75.
I have driven a Polo since I started driving; this is my 4th Polo. The car's engine light is flashing and it is misfiring, I have now been told the head cylinder needs to be replaced, it only has done 50km, this seems to be a common problem with the Polo, and I cannot understand why they have not recalled the cars to fix this problem.
I've got a Polo 1.2 bought brand new from a dealer in the UK in 2006. I just would like to ask if anyone has similar problem to mine?
My car started losing power and the light on the dashboard indicating problem with the exhaust system flashed once. I switched the engine off and back on, and everything went back to normal. After a few days the light was on again, but this time I couldn't drive at all as the power was nil. The garage checked the car and replaced a coil pack.
I had my car back, but the engine was not running smoothly. I mentioned this to the mechanic, but he couldn't see any problem with it.
After only a few days I was back in the garage with the same problem: the light on the dashboard lit up, and it indicated problem with the exhaust system. They replaced the same coil packs again. No problems for a few days, and then the car was losing power and the light was on again. I took the car to a VW diagnostic centre and was told it was the cylinder head and some other parts like gasket, sealant that need to be replaced.
I'm trying to find out if it's a common problem? I know that Polos from 2002 have this problem for sure. Do Polo from 200s have it too? If anyone can share any comments about my problem, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In answer to the above comment, I have sent an e-mail, but it would appear my daughter's car, a 2005 1.2 Polo with 40k on clock, is dying, and in need of major surgery for similar diagnosis.
I have an 03 reg Polo, which has been great (have a few issues at the moment, but have had it for 5 years!).
The fault you are describing sound like the lambda sensor (had the same problem a few years ago & thought it was going to cost a fortune, but didn't). I had the same symptoms... loss of power, engine management light coming on etc etc. Once changed, no problems.
Hope you get it sorted.