Reliability of the Volkswagen Polo

The ADAC breakdown statistics determine which Volkswagen models are the most reliable and which have broken down most – a good help when buying a used Volkswagen Polo.

In the statistics for 2021, all the breakdowns for which the German Yellow Angels had to move out in 2020 were recorded and evaluated. There is enough data available that gives an objective picture of the reliability of the Volkswagen Polo.

Volkswagen Polo Reliability

Breakdowns in the 2020 calendar year

EZ 2011 EZ 2012 EZ 2013 EZ 2014 EZ 2015 EZ 2016 EZ 2017 EZ 2018
20,6 19,5 16,0 15,8 9,1 6,3 3,0 0,6

Breakdowns in the 2019 calendar year

EZ 2010 EZ 2011 EZ 2012 EZ 2013 EZ 2014 EZ 2015 EZ 2016 EZ 2017
24,4 21,6 18,7 15,7 15,8 8,3 4,5 4,1

Legend: Number of breakdowns per 1,000 vehicles registered (= breakdown index) by year of first registration (EZ)

Common Breakdowns

  • Timing chain (2010)

Source: ADAC

owner  VW Polo owners’ reviews

If you wish to know more about eventual problems of a specific car (e.g. real mileage, potential traffic accidents damages, odometer rollback, repairs, etc.), then we suggest going to HPI-Check.

Check the vehicle’s history

See the Reliability of other Makes


Recent Polo Recalls

Volkswagen-Polo-2007-airbag
10. 04. 2021

The propellant used in the airbag inflator may experience a material alteration over time due to degradation occurring after prolonged exposure … .

Volkswagen-Polo-2006-airbag
26. 12. 2020

The vehicles affected may have been fitted with Takata gas generators which could allow the ingress of moisture and thus result … .

Volkswagen-Polo-2020-recall-seat-belt-buckle
05. 12. 2020

The double rear safety-belt buckles may be damaged due to a manufacturing error and have reduced strength. This could reduce the … .

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