The Volkswagen Polo BlueGT represents as big an indication as any of the tidal shift from diesel to petrol. That a petrol-engined vehicle manages to be both as quick and economical in the real world as this, especially when it is possessed of such an enjoyable drivetrain, is something to write home about.

And if that is all you want from a lukewarm hatchback, then fill your boots.

Relatively quick and commendably economical, but short on fun

However, given that you’re reading this review, you may want more than that. And although the Polo BlueGT hits all the right notes on paper, in everyday driving it’s a less satisfying steer. 

It’s a capable and competent car in all the right areas, but when it comes to involvement, fun and all the other tangible, tactile things that we want of a warm hatchback, the Polo reveals its identity – and it’s more Blue than GT.

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