The engine is a beauty. Having 310nm of torque available in quite a small car makes overtaking a breeze. I even towed caravan a few times and was pleasantly surprised by the Polo’s ability. Handling is extremely good and this baby sticks to the road like gum. This obviously compromises ride quality. The ride is stiff. The 205/45/16 tyres are not good friends with potholes either… The 6 speed manual gearbox shifts cleanly and ensures that the powertrain turns at it’s most economical when slotted in 6th. Braking is excellent.