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Volkswagen Polo interior

The Volkswagen Polo has a smart, upmarket cabin and feels impressively well built for such a small car. Unfortunately, plenty of desirable features aren’t standard

Style

The Volkswagen Polo interior is a huge step up from the old car’s rather drab affair. Almost every surface you’ll regularly touch (and plenty you won’t) comes with a soft squidgy finish and all the controls feel just as solid as the larger (and more expensive) Golf.

Fancy livening up its interior a little? You can pick from a selection of eight colourful dashboard trims ranging from a fairly inoffensive blue to an in-your-face orange. Top-spec models come with a vast panoramic glass roof, too.

Every Volkswagen Polo comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display nestled neatly in a glossy black bezel on the dashboard. It’s bright and easy to read but doesn’t have any physical shortcut buttons so it’s a little tricky to switch between key features on the move.

You can even get a digital driver’s display that replaces conventional analogue dials with a high-resolution screen behind the steering wheel – just like in the Golf. It can display a range of info, from your mpg to huge sat-nav map, and looks very nearly as good as the Virtual Cockpit available in expensive Audis.

The Polo’s Active Info Display is well worth paying extra for. It replaces the analogue dials with a high resolution screen that feels like it’s been lifted from the cockpit of a fighter plane

Mat Watson
Mat Watson
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Every Volkswagen Polo comes with an 8-inch touchscreen display that works well, despite the fact it runs older software than what you get in the latest VW cars.

It’s much more user friendly than the system in a Renault Clio, but it would benefit from a set of physical buttons (like the ones in a Skoda Fabia) rather than the fiddly touch sensitive ones to help you skip between key features without taking your eyes off the road.

Its menus are sensibly laid out but its glossy screen shows up every last greasy finger mark. Similarly, the glossy plastic bezel around the screen looks nice but scratches easily – not ideal for something you’ll poke and prod regularly.

You get satellite navigation in every model except for the entry-level Icon, and it has easy-to-follow directions and crisp, clear maps. If you’re not a fan,  Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring features are standard across the range. These let you use a variety of your phone’s apps (including navigation and music streaming) through the car’s built-in display.

Another optional feature that’s well worth paying extra for is the Digital Cockpit Pro display – a second screen behind the steering wheel that displays a range of features (from your fuel range to sat-nav directions). It really helps set the Volkswagen Polo apart from other less tech-laden superminis.

If you’re into your tunes then it’s worth going for the Beats model. This car comes with a 300W sound system that sounds both louder and crisper than the standard car’s fairly average set-up.

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