Volkswagen Golf vs Volkswagen Polo
Founded in 1937, Volkswagen is a major German automobile manufacturer which produces some of the world’s best-selling cars. The company was set up to mass-produce an affordable “people’s car” and has now become one of the biggest automakers worldwide. Over the years, Volkswagen has developed a strong focus on quality, design and advanced technology.
One of Volkswagen’s best-selling models in history was the Beetle. However, by the 70s the popularity of the Beetle started to fade, and a new selection of Volkswagen models were launched which included the VW Golf and VW Polo. These two models continue to be extremely popular VW cars today. But what makes them so desirable?
First launched in 1974, the Volkswagen Golf has become VW’s flagship model. By October 1976, a million units were sold, and the new GTI edition was introduced. Now in its eighth generation, the Volkswagen Golf features advanced technology and connectivity like never before! In terms of design, the new Golf 8 is truly beautiful and modern, with narrow LED headlights and integrated fog lights as standard. As for the interior, we love the high-quality features, focusing on useful in-car technology and controls. The Volkswagen Golf remains a popular car as it’s an affordable and practical hatchback, with a wide range of trim levels to choose from.
Introduced in 1975, The first Volkswagen Polo actually came as a twin sibling to the Audi 50. By 1983, the millionth VW Polo had been sold and demand continued to increase. Today, the Volkswagen Polo is highly rated in the supermini class for its low running costs and high-quality interior. This is a great option for drivers looking for a small, fun car combined with typical VW quality. That said, some people would say that the VW Polo gets overlooked due to its popular sibling, the Volkswagen Golf. However, the latest VW Polo offers a spacious interior and better drive than previous generations. So, considering this, how do these two Volkswagen cars compare?
Firstly, in terms of size, the Volkswagen Golf is bigger overall, although the Volkswagen Polo is slightly taller. This explains why the VW Golf feels more spacious than its sibling. As for boot space, both of these Volkswagen cars offer generous boot capacity compared to other rivals like the Ford Fiesta. Although, the 380-litre boot in the VW Golf is around 29 litres bigger than the VW Polo's boot.
As a brand, Volkswagen are known for producing both reliable and safe vehicles. All new Volkswagen cars come with a standard three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, with unlimited mileage for the first two years. Although this warranty isn’t as long as other manufacturers such as Toyota, it’s in line with the majority. Plus, both the VW Golf and VW Polo offer plenty of modern safety features to ensure you have a safe journey. During independent crash-testing, both models achieved a Euro NCAP Safety Rating of 5 stars and scored particularly well in the adult occupancy NCAP assessment.
As for engine options, both of these VW models have a great selection of efficient engines to choose from. However, a lack of pure electric versions for both of these models is slightly disappointing considering the growing demand for electric cars. The VW Golf used to be available to order as a pure electric, known as the Volkswagen e-Golf, but this electric car has now been replaced by the VW ID.3. Furthermore, for a sportier feel, both of these Volkswagen models are available in GTI versions. Enjoy a fun drive with added performance in both of these options.
Another point to consider is the cost of ownership. Firstly, it’s worth noting that the price of these two Volkswagen models varies significantly based on the version you choose. However, the starting price for a new entry-level VW Polo is around £6,000 cheaper than the equivalent VW Golf. Also, it’s worth considering how your insurance premiums would compare for these cars. Overall, the Volkswagen Polo offers lower insurance groupings, which will generally help to make your insurance cheaper. Therefore, the VW Polo is likely to be the preferred option for new or young drivers looking to get their insurance premium as cheap as possible.
Whether you choose the VW Golf or VW Polo, you’re sure to be impressed with your new hatchback. Both models are great examples of Volkswagen’s production at its finest. We particularly like the stylish design and spacious interiors of these cars. However, of the two models, we think the Volkswagen Golf slightly has the edge. Overall, the VW Golf provides greater power, as well as being more practical than the smaller VW Polo. That said, ultimately, the model and spec you choose will depend largely on how much money you want to spend. Either way, both of these VW cars are great all-rounders and get the green light from GB Vehicle Leasing!