Volkswagen Polo 2022 review – now better than a Golf? 2022

March 19, 2023

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This is the new Volkswagen Polo!

Well, we say new, but it’s more ‘updated’ than all new. The question is, can the Polo stand out against competitors like the Ford Fiesta, Audi A1 & SEAT Ibiza? Well, it’s time to find out!

Let’s start off with the design. And let’s face it, even if it’s been updated, it’s still instantly recognisable as a Polo. In terms of what’s new compared to the old edition, well at the back you’ll find some new taillights and a redesigned rear bumper, while upfront you’ve got yet another redesigned bumper, along with a daytime running light strip!

The updates don’t end there, though! Once you take a step inside, you’ll find an all-new steering wheel, coupled with a new climate control system (the same as found in the ID.3) and a digital driving display as standing!

When it comes to performance, the range-topper (without upgrading to the Polo GTI) comes equipped with a 1-litre turbo petrol that can deliver 110hp.

So what do you think – does it warrant the £18,000 starting price? And should you really spend that much when there are so many other small hatchbacks available at the moment? You’ll have to stick with Mat for this all-new in-depth review to find out!

00:00 Intro
00:47 Exterior Design
02:19 Interior
04:35 Back Seats
05:20 Boot
06:40 5 Annoying Things
08:10 5 Cool Things
09:48 Engines
10:45 Driving
13:24 Verdict

Mat’s ideal VW Polo configuration –

A small car with more back-seat space –

A cheap VW with a bigger boot –

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  1. Which looks best – the Polo, or the Golf? 🤔 VOTE BELOW!

  2. 9:15 When you came over just to watch some Netflix and she starts taking her clothes off

  3. Can you NOT scream like that again?

  4. i like to have a nice BIG bottle in the door NOT to drink from but to PEE IN on long drive!

  5. whats the blue car in front of matts car in all the driving shots ??

  6. Please is the polo a good car for commercial use like uber, bolt or even taxi in terms of fuel consumption and it durability???? Please I need a help

  7. Boring

  8. Drive a 2022 1.0 tsi, horrible engine. Just coarse and noisy under acceleration. Reviewers a thrum, I call it rough and unrefined, feels like a car from 20 years ago when driveline vibration was a thing.

  9. What a nice caaaAAAAAAAAAaaAaaaaa!

  10. It's been 11 years since the Polo came to shores in India, and it has been the same car ever since it got discontinued in 2022. Wonder how hard it is for the VW group to just redesign the front and back bumper in order to fit it under our very very stupid 4m rule (low taxes for cars under 4m)?


  12. Was it necessary for you to scream that loud and long for no reason, I had to quit the video

  13. Got this as a cover car and it does look cool, but I didn't like how it feels to drive, it's also completely silent inside, which I hated, I like to hear the engine and have some connection with what's going on with the car.

  14. you aint funny. just talk car please

  15. Instant dislike for the screaming!!

  16. liked the video at 9:15

  17. Mat… patial self?🤣🤣 i think you meant to say parcel shelf

  18. A bo do oh wada

  19. In Australia to get the bigger touchscreen we need the technology package

  20. so i used to love watching these Carwow videos some good honest reviews ,However i dont like the fact he has started to do stupid things now example 9.21 mins in i mean wtf ? this is supposed to be a a good car review not P1ssing about

  21. Driving one at the moment as a loan car it’s £27k to buy for a polo !? It’s a nice car but far too expensive and it’s missing one vital ingredient – a reversing camera – the DSG takes a lot of getting used to but the adaptive cruise control is brilliant and it’s great it’s all digital like the golf 8 – nice drive feels very solid but not a nice price

  22. Better without the jokes. Good review though.

  23. Polo excites and disgruntles you at the same time with its hits and misses.

  24. I want to see if a bike will fit in.

  25. Great review Matt, really enjoy your wit in your reviews.
    I love my new Polo down here in Australia, great little city car, just wish we had more small hatchbacks to choose from down here. Would have loved to have been able to test drive the new Skoda Fabia (we only get the Monte Carlo) and SEAT Ibiza (no SEAT here at all). Sadly most Aussie’s love their SUVs so we small hatchback lovers miss out.

  26. This guy is absolutely bonkers

  27. 9:12 Thanks Mat, this will make a lovely meme…

  28. beauty and flat dashboard 👍

  29. Once again this guy's ego rampant style of review complete with silly voices proves what a total bell end he is. It also means that even if Carwow were offering a stunning deal ( never my experience) the irritating attitude of this ego over content reviewer means I'd never buy from Carwow.

  30. 9:159:22 when you bought ur car via carwow

  31. I may say that carwow has kinda inherited the top gear/grand tour car reviews

  32. Reply
    Siddharth Chunduri March 19, 2023 at 4:46 am

    Don't do that scream again Matt, it was too long and annoying .

  33. What version of polo is this?

  34. VW Polo or Toyota Yaris??

  35. Is Mat going to review the new vw taigo?

  36. the doing silly things in the videos is getting a bit frustrating !

  37. you can't talk to a polo like that! u should respect it for it's history

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