Volkswagen Polo Mk1 (1975 – 1981) Review

Volkswagen Polo Mk1 (1975 – 1981) At A Glance


+Economical, smooth and practical

-Rust, hard to find parts for

Like the Passat, this Volkswagen started life as an Audi. Yes, forget the 1990s A3 or A2, the first small Audi was actually the 50, which begat the Polo in 1976. Styled by Bertone and featuring all-new EA111 overhead camshaft engines, the Polo was a class leading car from day one, despite its small boot and cramped rear seat.

Handling and ride were typically Germanic.It was a great supermini, too, especially when one considers the lack of experience the company had with small cars. Great build, a functional interior, and stylish Bertone bodywork made these cars practically irresistible to small-car buyers in Germany.

Some would say the Polo is perhaps a little too rational compared with the fabulous Renault 5 and Fiat 127, but sometimes it's good to be sensible.