Volkswagen Polo 1996 Sedan

This generation of Volkswagen Polo has been produced from March, 1996 to November, 1999. We can provide information about 6 modifications of this generation. The car has been produced only with front wheel drive.

This Volkswagen (VW) is available with three petrol engines with displacement from 1.4 to 1.6 litres and power of from 60 to 100 horsepower un two diesel engines with displacement 1.9 litres and power of from 64 to 90 horsepower.
The car is available with both manual (5 versions), as well as automatic (1 version) gearbox.

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Volkswagen Polo 1996 sedan average fuel consumption in combined cycle for petrol engine is from 6.7 to 9 litres per 100km, whereas for diesel engine - from 4.9 to 5 litres per 100km. The most fuel efficient Volkswagen Polo 1996 sedan petrol engine version is Volkswagen Polo Sedan 1.4, consuming 6.7 litres per 100km. While the most fuel efficient Volkswagen Polo 1996 sedan diesel - Volkswagen Polo Sedan 1.9 TDI for 100 kilometers consumes 4.9 liters of diesel.
According to user reviews, Volkswagen Polo real-world fuel consumption is on average the same as the manufacturer's claimed fuel economy (on average the same for petrol engines and the same for diesel engines). For a more detailed actual fuel economy of each model, select a specific Volkswagen Polo modification.

Volkswagen Polo 1996 sedan CO2 emissions for petrol engine are from 161 to 218 grams per kilometer, whereas for diesel engine - from 155 to 180 grams per kilometer. From Volkswagen Polo with petrol engines the lowest CO2 emissions has Volkswagen Polo Sedan 1.4 which produces an average of 161 grams of CO2 per kilometer. In turn, from the Volkswagen Polo diesels least CO2 distributes Volkswagen Polo Sedan 1.9 SDI - 155 grams per km.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 10.9 seconds has Volkswagen Polo Sedan 1.6 100 Hp version, conversely the tardiest one is Volkswagen Polo Sedan 1.9 SDI reaching this speed only in 16.9 seconds. The maximum top speed is 188 km/h for the 1.6 petrol 4-cylinder 100 hp version (Volkswagen Polo Sedan 1.6 100 Hp).

Lenght of Volkswagen Polo is 414 cm, it is medium size car. Volkswagen Polo gross weight is from 1455 to 1605 kg (depending on modification), this car is about 15 percent heavier than the average for this age and class of vehicles. Volkswagen Polo trunk space is 455 litres, by folding down all rear seats boot capacity can be increased to 762 litres.

This Volkswagen (VW) is very cheap for its class - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 800 $. According to user reviews, average Volkswagen Polo repair costs are 30 $ per year. Users calculated Volkswagen Polo 1996 cost of ownership for this generation, got average 1800 € cost per year and 0.27 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 47%, while repair and maintenance costs - around 30% from total. We have an excellent car cost calculator, calculate ownership costs of Volkswagen Polo for your situation and driving habits here! Below you will find more detailed information about Volkswagen Polo prices and costs.

In user reviews Volkswagen Polo received average grade 7.2 (from 10) it corresponds to average rate for cars of this age. Ratings are quite controversial, both positive and not so good, read more in the reviews below. All authors of reviews would recommend Volkswagen Polo to the friend.

Volkswagen Polo modifications

Modification Engine Power Consumption Gearbox
Volkswagen Polo 1996 Sedan 1.4

Most fuel efficient petrol version

1.4 Petrol 60 HP 6.7 l/100km Manual (5)
Volkswagen Polo 1996 Sedan 1.6 75 Hp 1.6 Petrol 75 HP 7.2 l/100km Manual (5)
Volkswagen Polo 1996 Sedan 1.6 100 Hp

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 10.9 seconds

1.6 Petrol 100 HP 7.8 l/100km Manual (5)
Volkswagen Polo 1998 Sedan 1.6 100 Hp Automatic Aug 1998 — Nov 1999

Most powerfull petrol version (100 HP)
Only version with automatic transmission

1.6 Petrol 100 HP 9.0 l/100km Automatic (4)
Volkswagen Polo 1996 Sedan 1.9 SDI 1.9 Diesel 64 HP 5.0 l/100km Manual (5)
Volkswagen Polo 1997 Sedan 1.9 TDI Jan 1997 — Sep 1997

Most powerfull diesel version (90 HP)
Most fuel efficient diesel version

1.9 Diesel 90 HP 4.9 l/100km Manual (5)
Volkswagen Polo service and maintenanceOil change intervals, capacities and specifications, service information for filters, spark plugs, belts etc.

Volkswagen Polo safety

During safety testing Volkswagen Polo has obtained 3 stars from five, which means average safety level.
Adults (driver and passenger) safety of Volkswagen Polo is evaluated with three stars, and for pedestrian protection Volkswagen Polo got one star.

Volkswagen Polo prices

Volkswagen Polo 1996 - 1999 sedan price in Latvia is from 330 $ to 1700 $.
Comparing to analogical vehicles Volkswagen Polo price is below average - Volkswagen Polo is approximately for 67 percents cheaper then average sedans of this age (compare sedans 1996 - 1999 prices). Despite of relatively low price Volkswagen Polo quality is above average (see below), so this Volkswagen (VW) can be a good buy.

Volkswagen Polo 1999 price 550 $ 1000 $ 1700 $
Volkswagen Polo 1997 price 330 $ 650 $ 1000 $
Volkswagen Polo 1996 price 440 $ 650 $ 1100 $

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Volkswagen Polo reliability and quality

According to yearly reports of vehicle inspection service Volkswagen Polo reliability is entirely high. In the roadworthiness tests in 2010 defects were detected in an average of only 17.3 percent of Volkswagen Polo of this generation (on average 13 years old at the time of inspection). The average failure rate for a vehicles of the same age was 24.1%.

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Volkswagen Polo 1996 sedan features (options)

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Adjustable steering wheel
Metallic paint

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Volkswagen Polo reviews

Total 23 Volkswagen Polo owner reviews

Volkswagen Polo 1998 Hatchback Diesel 1.9 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2007 (age of car 9 years) Owned for:120`000 kilometers (9 years)
Average fuel consumption: 6.5 litres per 100km (70% urban driving)
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