• delux

    Does this model lack ESP?

    • GP

      No, it has ESP. It’s a VW.

  • Shak

    Gotta admit, to me it has the best looks in class. However i dont know if that would be enough to justify the large price gaps. I would be nice to own one, but i would spend my own money on a fiesta.

    • Panda

      Best looking car in this class must be the Fiat Punto. Stylish inside and out.

      • Hooda

        Fiat Punto is no longer sold in Australia!

    • gaz

      Best looking car in this class you have to be joking! And at those prices what a laugh VW are renowned for one of the worst resale value’s imagine in 12 months time you would be lucky to get back 40-50% of your investment

      • Shak

        Hey i said IMO. If you dont like it, i dont care.

        • gaz


      • t39

        I think it is not VW-brand re-sale value that is bad, it is more the choice of car size. Luxury cars have lower resale value, while soft-roaders and small cars high.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFLU42DZJ4E23NZKHN3UXJU44Q Aazz


  • MK

    The problem is, once you had German you can’t go back: Polo then Golf then Audi/BMW/MB. Could be $1-2 000 cheaper though.

    • Mythfrances

      They are just too overpriced. Especially in Australia!

    • Jabba the Hutt

      There a plenty of ex-German car owners that went back. Largely due to reliability issues. One of my employers had a 3 series Beemer and will never “go back” to German. Plenty of them have switched to lexus over the years too.

      Having said that I do like this new polo. The Golf styling works well here..


    Best pick is the 1.2TSI. 175 Nm from 1500 rpm. My Jazz is 127 at 4800 rpm!! Service every 15T not like Honda every 10T.

    • Philthy

      Agreed, hopefully the 1.2T will become the base engine at some point and the 1.4 atmo will be put out to pasture. I think VW is making hay while the sun shines with the 1.2, as it’s a pretty simple 8v motor.

  • LukasUtopia

    Somewhat unique and undervalued in Australia’s marketplace. It’s a good car, but still slightly too expensive for the equipment offered. Higher specified Volkswagens are usually the better ones to buy for overall value.

  • Grammar Nazi

    I’m looking forward to a review of the GTi model – ought to be a cracker.

    I also hope it starts under $30K.

    • Joe

      Only comes in auto though

  • Speedbird

    Had a test drive of this, fiesta, 2, and yaris. The polo was a good car but the Fiesta did everything that little bit better, and was better value for money.

    I now have a Fiesta LX!

    • t39

      I was under the impression Fiesta can not do freeway cruising: no cruse control (except the $20K model) and no 6th gear, too buzzy (except $20K+ diesel model).

      • smokin’r32

        There are a few deals around, my g/f just picked up a brand new Fiesta LX with cruise control, floor mats, voice control etc for 18k drive away. Much better value than the polo in my opinion (in manual guise)

    • Fenno

      If the fiesta was a better all round car then I’m sure the 50+ journo’s that voted the Polo as World car of the Year would have said so.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sammo.8191 Sam Moss

    If I was looking at buying a new small hatch, I would definitely consider the Polo. I think it looks stunning in red with those chunky 17″ alloys and the sports body kit!

  • nickdl

    The 77TSI is a very good package overall but if I only had enough to spend on a base model I would rather a Fiesta or i20. I must admit the $900 options package is great value, but it pushes the price-tag into a higher grade.

    The base Fiesta looks better inside and out, and with a manual has a much better engine, all for a lower price.

    The base i20 doesn’t look quite as good, but still presents reasonably. It is as safe, has a longer warranty and would be cheaper to fix and serviec, has more power, same fuel consumption, and it has more standard features. All for $2000 less.

    • Mythfrances

      Just get Fiesta, dont worry about i20.

      • nickdl

        Well that’s what I’d probably do. I prefer the Fiesta but I was just offering an alternative option for those of a different mindset. No one had yet mentioned the i20 and I think it’s worth a mention in this segment.

  • GP

    Problem is, if you get the Fiesta, you’re driving a Ford.

    The Polo will still be great to drive long after the Fiesta has worn off.

    • andronicus

      I don’t see that as been a problem.

      One could in fact take the line that only problem is you’re driving a Volkswagen and not long after the new car smell has vanished you may have an issue with the electronics or power windows…something that happened to myself; speaking from experience.

    • nickdl

      I think that for its time the Fiesta is a much better car than say, a 1983 Laser. I don’t see it wearing off any slower than a Polo.

    • FB_1524401046

      Don’t forget GP that over in the home turf of the Fiesta and Polo (Europe), VW is not considered a “semi-premium” brand like it seems to be here. Over there, VW is not much different to Ford. So with the Polo, problem is you would be just “driving a VW” and hence no more “desirable” than a Ford. In reality, they would be the closest rivals in their class.

    • ReviewAbuser

      Agree, had more than 11 cars over years, never German makes, now got myself polo and prefer drive that. Gave Nissan Murano to wife to drive, she sim to like being higher on the road, while I like my zoomy lil friend.

  • F1MotoGP

    In NZ the 1.2TSI is 31,500NZD = 24,200AUD. I think it is still a good price as you paying for technology. My Jazz hardly pulls from low revs this car got 175 Nm from 1500 to 3500 rpm. Corolla got 175 Nm and much bigger engine. You must drive it to compare to cheaper cars. Do not judge the car by it’s price alone.

  • bangel

    My bro runs a 1.9 diesel 07 polo , its a dark horse .

    It has mid range torks that puts shame on my gti , and its a solid little bugger , which is interesting as its a country work car .

    Now it has some style , but forget the wimpy 1.4 go diesel .

    • Fenno

      I work in a VW dealer and had the choice of the old Polo
      Diesel (1.9 pump Dusche vs. 1.6 common rail) THe older motor had everything going for it except NVH agains the newer model and I am yet to consume over 5li/100km.
      And suprises nearly all but the most determined.
      I agree with Bangel though….go the diesel in this car/class and forget the woes mentioned above (ie resale etc).

  • Nick K

    The higher grade models are the pick… This is a class leading car. A Jazz looks over priced in comparison with it’s hard plastic interior and flimsy build. The Jazz is better in interior space and flexibility and is probably more reliable though. Too bad the product planning fools at Honda didn’t specify thre CVT, ESP and priced the sports version into the stratosphere.

  • Radbloke

    I have to say, this is a far better review than your last one Nadine. Well done.

  • m2m

    I don’t think you can go wrong with 2, Fiesta and Polo.

    For base models I’d probably take the 2/Fiesta for 5 doors, bigger engine and they look just as good as the Polo. But heading over 20k, the 1.2tsi with the sports option Seems the best option!

    If Mazda wants to compete, they really should try for an MPS2. Polo GTI and Fiesta XR4 will ignite the market! They’ve got all the style of their big brothers for under $30k!

  • Baddass

    Couple of typos in the article: “steel the limelight”, nicely boulstered”. A simple check before publication would do wonders.

    • http://unwired SONNY JAMES

      Nitpicking again BADDASS ? As your name suggests,you must be jealous of NARDINE’S !

  • Hung Low

    If I was in the market, I would hold out until the new Swift arrives.
    The Polo looks the goods but gets pretty expensive moving up the grades!
    i.e The 77tsi is dearer on road than a Lancer, Corolla, I30 or SX4 AWD based on current prices, and dare I say it the Skoda Octavia 90tsi is almost on par on road!

    VW just needs to cut their losses and offer the old tech 77tsi engine as the only petrol option apart from the upcoming Gti.


    Price is not everything. The VW got the same Nm (175) as the Corolla at much lower revs (1550 VW Corolla 4400). Gearbox in Corolla is old 4 speed auto compared to 7 speed DSG, 39% higher fuel economy for Corolla and…etc so there is a price difference.

    • Hung Low

      I hate the Corolla but a Corolla buyer would prefer the larger car space, more power, reliability, resale and whatever else these people see in a Corolla over a Polo a class smaller at the same price.

      You argument about price is not everything based soley on a torque figure at given rpms does not stand for the everday buyer!

  • Luke Brinsmead

    Comparing a Polo with a Corolla or the like is like comparing Apples to Oranges.

    • Hung Low

      Just to clarify, I was initially comparing the price of one class to those from a larger class. ABMPSV likes to take thinks out of context!

  • Joe

    Just bought the 77TSI 6sp manual with the options and it’s a cracker(sport pack is a bargain). Top quality and flattens the competition. It’s excellent value and should be only compared with BMW 1 series, MINI, Fiat, Alfa Mito and the upcoming Audi A1 (not Fiesta, 2, Yaris and certainly not Korean rubbish like Hyundai).

  • http://www.ooyyo.com.au/ Brian L. Gilman

    VW’s are great quality built cars, with no exception to its entry level model. The only thing is that you will certainly get more gadgets for your buck with it’s competition. It all depends on what you consider that matters to you in a car. VW’s generally have a high quality feel about them, but they should stop charging extra for things their competition gives away as standard, simply for the fact that they are a German car company and that you should be accustomed to it.

Volkswagen Polo Specs

Car Details
Body Type
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
132Nm @  3800rpm
Max. Power
63kW @  5000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
6.1L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:1000  Unbrake:530
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
175/70 R14
Rear Tyres
175/70 R14
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Standard Features
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder, Traction Control System
Power Steering
Engine & Transmission
Electronic Differential Lock
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Metallic Paint
Comfort Pack
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Country of Origin