The most obvious difference between the Golf and the Polo is size. The Golf is larger, about the same size as compact hatchbacks such as the Ford Focus. The Polo is a fraction taller than the Golf but it’s shorter and narrower and is a smaller car overall, similar in size to ‘superminis’ such as the Ford Fiesta.
As well as being larger, the Golf is also more expensive but it generally comes with more features as standard. Which ones will vary depending on the trim level you go for. The good news is that all versions of both cars come with DAB radio, air con and a touchscreen infotainment system.
Higher-spec versions of the Golf have sat nav, front and rear parking sensors and big alloy wheels, as well as a reversing camera and leather seats. Unlike the Polo, you can get plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of the Golf, and even a full electric version called the e-Golf.
Some earlier versions of the Golf may not have the same features as later ones. This model was on sale from 2013 until 2019, and updated models from 2017 onwards have more up-to-date equipment.
The Polo is a newer car, with the latest model on sale since 2017. It’s available with some equally impressive features, some of which would have been expensive options when new. Highlights include LED headlights, an opening panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control and a self-parking function.