The Polo has always been more expensive than its many rivals and it’s no different this time.
The difference is small, though – often only three figures, rather than four, compared with the commensurate Fiesta and Ibiza, its chief rivals. The Polo almost always hold its value better than those cars, which is something to consider when it comes to that initial outlay.
The entry-level S trim can be had with only the anaemic, naturally aspirated 1.0-litre engine – it panders to those who seek the lowest possible insurance premium – but, if possible, you should aim for one of the turbocharged TSI options. That means you’ll be looking at SE trim, which is the second branch up the equipment tree and features 15in wheels, plenty of body-coloured trim and smartphone mirroring.
If you can bear the go-faster body stripe, Beats trim lends the Polo a more aggressive persona, raises the wheel size to 16in and includes a 300W sound system.
The benefits of going for SEL, the next level up, chiefly concern the infotainment system, but by then, the Polo is an expensive supermini: £18,180 with the six-speed manual.
As for fuel economy, all petrol-engined Polos apart from the GTI model achieve around 60mpg combined and manage to keep CO2 emissions at or below 110g/km.