Used car check
VW Polo shows almost no defects at HU
10/05/2022 08:01 am
The VW Polo is a size smaller than the Golf, but almost as iconic. The small car has been on the market in several generations since 1975. What good is the VW Polo in editions five and six as a used car?
The VW Polo is one of the largest small cars on the market. Because it now has similar dimensions to the Golf 3 from 1991. In the general inspection (HU), the five and six generations in question outperformed the average of the models in this class that had been checked – by degrees, however.
The original model of the evergreen from Wolfsburg, which has now been built over 18 million times, came on the market in 1975. The five and six editions considered here made their market debut in 2009 and 2017. There were facelifts in 2014 and 2020.
The fifth edition rolled off the production line as a three- and five-door model, the 6-series is only offered as a five-door hatchback. Not a fundamentally different shape, but a touch of off-road look: between 2009 and 2014, the Cross Polo was manufactured with plastic panels on the fenders, side skirts and doors.
Dimensions (according to ADAC)
5th generation: 3.97 to 3.98 meters x 1.68 meters x 1.45 to 1.49 meters (LxWxH), trunk volume: 280 to 952 liters;
6th generation: 4.05 to 4.07 meters x 1.75 meters x 1.44 to 1.45 meters (LxWxH), trunk volume: 305 to 1125 liters.
The chassis is comfortably balanced, so that the agile Polo now also works well on long distances. The choice of assistance systems is large. According to the “Auto Bild TÜV Report 2022”, the current Polo shows no weaknesses in the braking function at the HU.
However, many components of the predecessor are also solid: on the chassis side mainly drive shafts, steering system and steering connections, as well as the rear lighting and direction indicators.
Also virtually flawless in all construction years: the brake lines and hoses. The emissions test (AU) is usually not a problem, the engine control elicits almost no complaints.
Number five mainly suffers from springs and dampers; Spring holidays can be found in the fourth and fifth HU. Then the chassis can show rust or the parking brake can cause problems. The low beam picks up a slightly higher defect rate on the third check and the brake discs already show increased wear on the second HU. According to the report, the Polo 5’s foot brake has above-average failure rates in all years.
With regard to the failure behavior, the ADAC writes that 2012 copies that were registered for the first time have ended up in the middle of the club’s failure statistics. The rest are in good places. The ADAC did not notice any statistically significant areas of breakdown.
5th generation: petrol engines (three and four-cylinder, front-wheel drive): 44 kW/60 hp to 162 kW/220 hp; LPG (LPG): 60 kW/82 hp; Diesel (three and four-cylinder, front-wheel drive): 55 kW/75 hp to 77 kW/105 hp; 6th generation: petrol engines (three and four-cylinder, front-wheel drive): 48 kW/65 hp to 152 kW/207 hp; Natural gas (CNG): 66 kW/90 hp; Diesel (four-cylinder, front-wheel drive): 59 kW/80 hp and 70 kW/95 hp.
market prices (according to Deutsche Automobil Treuhand’s “DAT market mirror” at each statistically expected mileage):
– Polo 1.0 BMT Trendline, three-door (2015); 55 kW/75 hp (three-cylinder); 83,000 kilometers; 5875 euros.
– Polo 1.4 TDI BMT Highline, five-door (2017); 66 kW/90 hp (three-cylinder); 93,000 kilometers; 9700 euros.
– Polo 1.0 TGI Comfortline, five-door (2019); 66 kW/90 hp (three-cylinder); 41,000 kilometers; 15,900 euros.