What is it?
Probably one of the more niche choices in the Volkswagen line-up. With all of the unfavourable press diesel has been getting recently, cars such as this oil-burning Polo supermini are falling out of favour with the general public. So far, 2018 has seen diesel sales as a whole drop by nearly a third compared with the same period last year, says the SMMT.
Nevertheless, there are still those who might find the idea of a small, affordable and economical supermini an appealing one - namely fleet buyers, we’re guessing - or else Volkswagen wouldn’t offer one.
Well, offer two, more specifically. In addition to the numerous petrol-engined variants you can buy, the Polo is also available with a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder diesel, which develops 79bhp in its most basic state of tune and 94bhp in our £19,690 SEL-specification test car.
In addition to the healthy level of kit that comes at this trim level - think 8.0in Discover Navigation infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, all-round parking sensors and plenty of active safety tech - you’ll also get a Polo that’s cheap to tax, and cheap to run. Volkswagen claims it’ll manage 74.3mpg on the combined cycle, while CO2 emissions of 99g/km mean it has a benefit-in-kind rate of 24%.