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VW Polo vs VW Golf – which VW hatchback is best?

The latest VW Polo has been revealed with more space and tech than the outgoing model. We compare it to its VW Golf bigger brother to help you decide which deserves a spot outside your house.

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VW Polo vs VW Golf prices

UK pricing has yet to be announced for the Polo but we expect entry-level models to cost around £14,000. Entry-level versions should include 14-inch alloy wheels, automatic emergency braking and collision monitoring along with air conditioning.

An entry-level Golf will set you back just less than £18,000 but gets choice goodies including Bluetooth connectivity, DAB digital radio and air con. The same budget in the Polo range, however, will buy you a well-equipped SEL or R-Line model with LED headlights and a 110hp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

VW Polo vs VW Golf styling

The Polo features a pair of angular headlights with small LED daytime running lights running through the lower portion and a silver trim piece slicing through the centre of the grille. All models sport a pair of trapezoidal fog lamps mounted in the bumper and feature a strong crease down the car’s side. The angular rear brake lights are linked by a sharp crease that spans the width of the boot.

While the Golf features clean lines, its styling is more understated than the Polo’s. Golfs equipped with upgraded LED headlights feature a pair of L-shaped daytime running lights. The Golf’s window line isn’t quite as raked as the Polo’s and the door crease isn’t as pronounced, while the car’s rear sports a pair of tidy horizontal brakelights that look stylish.

VW Polo vs VW Golf interior

The Polo’s high-quality cabin is logically laid out and characterful thanks to body coloured trim on the dashboard and surrounding the centre console. It’s also packed with technology, featuring an optional Active Info Display in place of the traditional dials. It uses VW’s latest infotainment system with screen sizes ranging from 6.5 to eight inches and is MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible.

The Golf’s interior is solidly built, logically designed and practical. Entry-level cars have shiny black plastic trim pieces, while more upmarket models feature smart-looking aluminium trim. An eight-inch infotainment screen with DAB digital radio and Bluetooth is standard, and you can specify a larger 9.2-inch system with gesture control. An optional 12.3-inch Active Info Display replaces the traditional dials with a configurable digital readout.

VW Polo vs VW Golf practicality

The new Polo has a longer chassis than the car it replaces – this stretches the car’s cabin, giving it noticeably more legroom for both front and rear passengers. It offers an impressive square-shaped 351-litre boot with a number of handy tethering points.

The story is similar in the Golf – it offers plenty of headroom and legroom – even for the tallest of passengers. There are plenty of nifty storage cubbies scattered throughout the interior and the 380-litre boot is useful thanks to tethering points, a 12V power socket and a fairly small loading lip.

VW Polo vs VW Golf engines and driving

The Polo is available with a selection of petrol and diesel engines with power ranging from 65hp to 150hp, plus a powerful 200hp GTI model. All but entry-level models can be equipped with a DSG automatic gearbox in place of the slick manual gearbox. For a little extra cash, it can also be equipped with adaptive dampers that allow you to soften or stiffen the car’s suspension – helpful for soaking up road imperfections or firming up the car’s response in corners.

There’s a Golf for every buyer – frugal diesels, peppy petrols and even hybrid and electric versions. The manual gearboxes are slick and easy to use, while the firm’s quick-shifting DSG auto ‘box can be equipped on models with more powerful engines. Like the Polo, the Golf is easy to drive with accurate controls and a great balance between grippy handling and cosseting comfort.

VW Polo vs VW Golf verdict

Thanks to enhanced practicality compared to the old Polo and a list price that’s lower then the Golf, the new Polo makes a really strong case for itself. Naturally, the Golf is a little larger so, if you regularly carry rear passengers, it’s the one to go for. If, however, you can get away with the Polo’s marginally smaller cabin, it feels a little more up to date than the Golf and can be fitted with bigger engines and more tech for the same price.

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