• Polo BlueGT sits between the standard Polo models and the GTI hot hatch
  • Polo BlueGT uses the Polo GTi's headlights
  • Rear bumper features integrated cut-out for the twin tailpipes and a faux diffuser panel
  • Polo's brake and sidelights form opposing bracket shapes when lit
  • Extended side sills improve aerodynamic efficiency
  • The leather steering wheel is a good size, but the flat bottom is a needless affectation
  • The Polo GTI lends its instruments to the BlueGT, hence the red needles
  • Standard Bluetooth works fine, sat-nav is a £720 option
  • Loads of room and plenty of support and adjustability in the front
  • Typical rear accommodation for the class
  • Split-level boot is a good size once you have removed the false floor
  • The Polo BlueGT can sprint from 0-60mph in 7.5sec
  • Four-cylinder engine features ACT cylinder deactivation
  • Pleasingly linear power delivery, good stopping power on offer
  • The BlueGT's ride quality improves as the speed increases
  • Dive and roll are well controlled in the Polo, even when you ask a lot of it
  • The Polo BlueGT is quick, economical and competent but it lacks engagement

First things first, then. The Volkswagen Polo BlueGT’s ride errs towards the knobbly and unsettled at low speed. It’s not outright harsh, but those 215/40 R17 tyres leave it on the busy and noisy side until you get a bit of speed into proceedings. From that point onwards, the Polo is fine – you hear surface imperfections but more rarely feel them, leaving the BlueGT feeling composed. 

Composed. That word will apply often within this section, because it’s probably the one that most comfortably defines what the BlueGT is about. Throw a challenging road at the Polo and it deals with the changes in camber and those uniquely British lower-frequency surface changes with unruffled ease. Body control is good and isolation levels are sound. 

Matt Saunders

Deputy road test editor
The Polo turns with just about enough vigour, but nothing here inspires you to press on with great enthusiasm

Perhaps, if anything, for a warm hatchback, the BlueGT’s handling is a little too isolated. Its steering is stiction free and retains the same weighting and accuracy virtually all the time. We suspect that there is a missive within the VW Group that suggests all steering systems should feel the same: consistently VW-ish, which includes being devoid of unwanted feedback. 

The Polo’s slickness and freedom from kickback, plus the predictable ease with which it self-centres, are all admirable traits, but with them comes a lack of definition and feel. On most VWs, that’s no bad thing; on a warm hatchback, it’s a bit of a pity.

The rest of the handling is similarly inert, most of the time. The Polo turns in well enough and grips well enough, but there’s little engagement. As a car in which to cover ground competently and briskly, the Polo delivers. As a car for the likes of us, it could do with a little more involvement. 

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