Polo is the perfect match

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The Volkswagen Polo Match is the pick of the Polo range if you’re insistent on value.

With a choice of two petrol engines and a diesel, and offered in three or five door guise, it packs a fair slug of equipment on board for a surprisingly modest asking price. It’s a safe choice but a solid one.

The Polo is a vehicle that has campaigned on qualities other than the way it drives. While this may sound a rather harsh appraisal, it’s part and parcel of the Polo’s role as understudy in all key regards to the Golf.

Safety has been one area where the Polo scores very highly and the Match is no exception.

Despite it being a value model, customers get four airbags, ABS and ESP stability control.

The handling is safe and predictable and the petrol engines feel honest enough.

Both three and five-door Polo models follow on with the styling theme debuted on the Scirocco coupe and subsequently adapted for the MkVI Golf.

The thin grille serves to visually widen and lower the car, giving it a more planted and sporty appearance.

The Polo is clocking up some rather pleasant sales figures and any model that adds a little more equipment and shaves a reasonable sum off the price is going to be popular.