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Review: Safe, spacious and confident to drive, Volkswagen’s newly refreshed favourite stays in Polo position

Smooth, practical and solidly built, the VW Polo ticks many boxes and will appeal to fans, but will it convert new buyers? 

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2022 Volkswagen Polo. Picture by Paddy McGrath

2022 Volkswagen Polo. Picture by Paddy McGrath

2022 Volkswagen Polo. Picture by Paddy McGrath

2022 Volkswagen Polo. Picture by Paddy McGrath

2022 Volkswagen Polo Interior. Picture by Paddy McGrath

2022 Volkswagen Polo Interior. Picture by Paddy McGrath

2022 Volkswagen Polo Interior. Picture by Paddy McGrath

2022 Volkswagen Polo Interior. Picture by Paddy McGrath

2022 Volkswagen Polo. Picture by Paddy McGrath

2022 Volkswagen Polo. Picture by Paddy McGrath

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2022 Volkswagen Polo. Picture by Paddy McGrath

Anyone who regularly squeezes in and out of tiny car-park spaces could be forgiven for thinking the spaces have gotten smaller over time. The effort involved to avoid a dent or a scratch is enough to send your blood pressure soaring, while getting out of the car requires the dexterity of a contortionist.

But in reality, it’s our cars that are getting bigger — a trend that has been happening for the past few decades. And it’s not just behemoth SUVs that are a challenge to park; every class of car is growing wider and longer.


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