Volkswagen Golf vs Volkswagen Polo: Who comes out on top?

February 3, 2021

Volkswagen has been known as a manufacturer of elegant, reliable vehicles for many years. As a result, the German brand is – and remains – by far the most popular make of car in Belgium, with not one but two models in our country's top ten best-selling cars: the Golf and the Polo. These two models have never been more alike in terms of quality and technology. There's not much between them when it comes to boot capacity and space for passengers, either. So: which one should you choose?

Volkswagen Golf

  • Engine: 110 hp
  • Six-speed manual gearbox
  • Tank: 50 L
  • Boot capacity: 380 L
  • Consumption WLTP: 5.3 l / 100 km – 121 g CO2/km

Volkswagen Polo

  • Engine: 95 hp
  • Five-speed manual gearbox
  • Tank: 40 L
  • Boot capacity: 351 L
  • Consumption WLTP: 5.5 l / 100 km – 120 g CO2/km

 

Volkswagen Golf 8

The benchmark for a generation

The eighth-generation Golf remains true to its image and offers exactly what we've come to expect from a Golf. That said, it still manages to move the goalposts and set ever-higher standards time and time again. What can you expect from the latest generation? Impeccable driving behaviour. Extremely reassuring handling. An extremely economical, yet powerful engine. Versatility. Above all, a new, user-friendly and ergonomic digital cockpit. In short, you'll be behind the wheel of the gold standard for a whole segment yet again.

 

Volkswagen Polo

Bigger and better than ever

The new Polo has grown and is now the same size as the fourth-generation Golf. Inside, you gain the impression that you're in a higher class of car. Not only is the cockpit wider, but it is more luxurious, contains more technology and is more connected than ever. A long list of driver assistance systems makes it even more impressive, and helps you to navigate through cities with ease in this slightly bigger version of the compact Volkswagen model. Add to that a dynamic driving style, and the Polo is more versatile than ever. 

Conclusion

Whichever choice you make, you'll be more than happy as both cars are, without a doubt, top of the range. It all depends on how you use your car – and what your budget is, of course. If you usually drive on your own and spend your time in heavy city traffic every day, the slightly more compact (and cheaper) Polo may well be the one for you. If you regularly have children or adults in the back and often have a lot to put in the boot, go for the Golf.