Usually, the level of expectations from a small hatchback is pretty low when it comes to overall comfort. Our case wasn't any different in the beginning, especially considering the fact that previous generations of the Volkswagen Polo were nothing more than cheap and somewhat tiny grocery-getters, good for taking you from point A to Point B with the lowest fuss possible. Well, the latest Polo isn't any different from this point of view, except it now also adds a nice dose of comfort to the whole “shop-aholic's best friend” extravaganza.
Sure, it still doesn't have a multi-link suspension in the rear, but in true Volkswagen fashion, the suspension does its job extremely well on most type of roads. The setup is an almost perfect compromise between a somewhat sporty (let's just say "safe") feel and comfort. In our test car, many thanks for the comfort bit also come from the 15-inch alloy rims, which allow tires with higher side walls to be shoed on.
We didn't yet get the chance to try a new Polo with the 17-inch rim setup, but we suspect that version might be more prone to a sportier (read: bouncier) ride. Don't get us wrong, the suspension isn't exactly as stiff as a corpse, but it does offer a lot of feedback from the road, despite the high tire walls.
In true Volkswagen (and other German cars) fashion, the seats are rather firm and with better-than-average lateral support. Although there are a lot of people who aren't on very good terms with hard padding instead of soft on their car seats, the fact is this solution is great for your back when driving long distances. When traveling at lower speeds though, VW Polo's seats aren't exactly the most comfortable in the world, especially for a person who's a bit wider in the shoulders.
As we mentioned before, the overall interior space isn't exactly at the top of its class, but it's not exactly cramped either. Both legroom and headroom are good for up to four adults in case shorter to medium trips are planned. There is a bit of a problem at the driver's right leg however, since it can constantly bang against the side of the center console. As far as the acoustic comfort goes, we have to say the new Polo might as well be the best in its class (and higher classes as well). To give you an idea of how quiet it is in there, some of us actually thought there was a gasoline engine instead of a diesel under the hood for the first hundred meters. Continue reading