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Car Review - Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI DSG Beats (A)
23 Nov 2018  |  Volkswagen Reviews
The new Volkswagen Polo closes the gap between the supermini and hatchback categories, boasting excellent manners, greater refinement and increased utility.
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   Consumer Reviews of Volkswagen Polo
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OVERALL RATING
 
2 Reviewers
3 out of 5
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Comfort
3.5/5 Reliability
3.5/5
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Handling
3.5/5 Features
3.5/5
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Exterior Styling
3/5 Interior Design
4/5
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Value for money
2.5/5 Engine Performance
4/5
1 out of 2 (50%) reviewers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
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Hotbod
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1 reviews
93 points
50 forum posts Joined on 07-Aug-2019
New MK6 VW Polo - Small & zippy, well packaged supermini  Posted on 24 Aug 2019
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I will recommend this vehicle to a friend
Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 3/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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Review
Design/Comfort/Entertainment:
*8 inch infotainment system is easy to use, good to look at with sharp, crisp graphics, menu buttons are clearly laid out, and comes with Apple Carplay or Android Auto
*Dashboard material is soft touch plastic, with gun metal like glossy finish plastic trim across the dashboard; Together with piano black plastic and the 8" Screen, the dash design feels modern, high tech & smart looking
*Steering wheel is nicely designed, looks good & feels good to grab with quality leather
*LED headlights w/ DRL comes as standard for both Comfortline & Beats edition locally, which looks cool & unique
*Road and wind noise barely noticeable at cruising speeds

Space/Practicality:
*Shares same platform as Golf so MK6 Polo has larger interior & boot space
*Knockdown rear seats for added utility
*Under boot floor storage to hide stuffs
*Decent amount of leg & head room

Safety/Convenience:
*6 airbags, traction control, auto headlights, rain sensing wipers, keyless engine start, retractable side mirrors, cruise control, front & rear fog lamps, all round parking sensors - All are standard kit

Performance/Drivetrain:
*MK6 isn't heavy so the 1.0 TSI performs adequately - 114BHP 200NM 0-100km/h in 9.5 seconds
*Throttle response is good but you'll feel slight vibration from the 3cyl turbo engine - Just need to increase throttle input
*Full torque of 200NM comes in early at around 2000 RPM so it's easy to get going
*DSG shifts seamlessly & smoothly under acceleration, most of the time you don't even notice it, unless you're driving slowly in carparks then it can feel slightly jerky
*Comes with paddle shifters for added fun & control
*Overall, the new Polo is zippy around town areas and does well to keep up with others on the highway, with minimum hassle for overtaking

Conclusion:
For its price ($8x K when I bought it), you're getting a grown up, more practical & sensible Polo, with decent engine & transmission enough to have abit of fun, and together with its smart looking, well designed interior & good equipment list (in its segment), VW managed to not constantly remind you that you're buying the cheapest car in its range (unlike other brands) - Which is a good thing!

What I like
Perky, responsive engine & transmission
Easy to drive, predictable handling w/ small turning radius
Cool looking LED headlights with DRL
Smart looking, modern interior
Steering wheel design & feel + paddle shifters
Increased cabin & boot space (from previous model)
8" infotainment system w/ Apple Carplay
Levels of NVH kept to a minimum
5 year warranty & 3 x free servicing

What I do not like
Slight vibration during acceleration (inherent of 3cyl turbo engine)
Door panels hard plastics (but expected of this segment)
Lack of reverse camera

MarkerPen
1st Gear
15 reviews
54 points
0 forum posts Joined on 28-Aug-2011
Costs more than the Mk 7.5 Golf  Posted on 24 Feb 2019
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I will not recommend this vehicle to a friend
Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 3/5 Reliability 3/5
Handling 3/5 Features 3/5
Exterior Styling 3/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 1/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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The Polo is a nippy car for Singapore roads, accelerating well to keep up with traffic and during overtaking. The 3 cylinder engine can get slightly buzzy at highway speeds and vibration is more pronounced than 4 cylinder models.
The car is surprisingly spacious even for 5 adults, definitely bigger than the exterior looks may suggest.

One major downside of this car would be the entry price at $93k ($100k for the Beats Edition) which is a good $15k more expensive than the equivalent Seat Ibiza which is exactly the same car with the same engine and gearbox configuration in Singapore. You have many other good choices at that price, the Golf 1.4 for example is a great buy.

Being a VW group vehicle, you should expect good build quality in the interior at least. However, the showroom unit (Beats Edition) in red had a shaky left rear passenger door pull handle which really surprised me about VW QC. Interior quality is not up to par for VW standards with hard and scratch plastics around the cabin. The previous Polo had better feeling interior quality.

What I like
- LED headlights
- Simple and clean cut interior design
- Good space for a compact hatchback
- Perky drivetrain

What I do not like
- Price is too high for the segment
- Interior quality is substandard (shaky door pull handle in showroom unit)
- Buzz from the engine at higher speeds

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Volkswagen Polo
3 stars - based on 2 reviews