Toyota Yaris vs VW Polo
So, time has come to buy a car but you don’t know which one to choose between the Volkswagen Polo and the Toyota Yaris? Well, to be completely honest, it is a tough decision as we consider that both cars are very good and we don’t know which one we would pick if we had to make a decision.
First of all, both cars are safe as they have received 5-star rating from EuroNCAP. However, the Polo comes as standard with ESP whereas for the Yaris you’ll have to pay extra. That rating is applicable for the newest generations of both cars whereas the older ones got three or four stars. Another advantage of the Polo is that you have a lot more choices as far as engines are concerned. Let’s enumerate the power units for both cars.
We start with the VW and the smallest engine available is a 1.2-liter 60 PS that has a combined mpg UK of 51.4 while CO2 emissions are 128 g/km. With this engine, the car reaches 62 mph from start in 16.1 seconds while its top speed is 98 miles. This engine is also available with a 70 PS output that has the same fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, while the 0-62 mph sprint is done 2 seconds faster and top speed is 103 mph.
Moving on, we find the 1.4 85 PS that returns 47.9 mpg and has CO2 emissions of 139 g/km, while 0-62 mph is done in 11.9 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 110 mph. These figures are for the model fitted with the manual gearbox whereas the automatic one has a fuel economy of 48.7 mpg in the combined cycle, 135 CO2 g/km emissions while the top speed and 0-62 time are identical.
You can also get the Polo with a 1.2 liter with 105 PS that returns 53.3 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 124 g/km and a 0-62 mph time in 9.7 seconds. Fitted with this engine, the top speed is 118 mph. The most powerful engine available for the Volkswagen Polo would have to be the 1.4 180 PS (Auto) that generates 180 PS and has a combined mpg of 47.9 and 139 g/km CO2 emissions. Naturally, it is the fastest model in the lineup, reaching 62 mph in only 6.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 142 mph.
If you prefer diesel, the German automaker has to offer a 1.2 TDI with 75 PS and a more powerful 1.6 TDI with 90 PS. With the first one you get a fuel consumption of 80.7 mpg and CO2 emissions of only 91 g/km, which makes it the most eco-friendly engine in the lineup. 0-62 mph is done in 13.9 seconds while top speed is 107 mph. The other one, returns 65.7 mpg while CO2 emissions are 112 g/km. This one is a little bit faster as it is capable of hitting 62 mph in 11.5 seconds, on its way to a maximum speed of 112 mph.
Now that we’ve got that covered, let’s move on to the Yaris to see what the Japanese are offering. Well, as we said in the beginning, you get fewer engines than the Polo. The smallest of them all is the tiny 1.0-liter that manages to return 55.4 mpg while CO2 emissions are 118 g/km. The car can do the 0-62 mph sprint in 15.7 seconds while top speed is 96 mph. A bigger engine would have to be the
2008 Toyota Yaris 1.3
3 that has a combined mpg UK figure of 54.3, CO2 emissions of 120 mpg and it sprints to 62 mph in 11.7 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 109 mph. You can also get it with the 1.4 D-4D engine, which is the most eco-friendly engine in the lineup as it returns 67.3 mpg UK and has CO2 emissions of only 110 g/km. 0-62 mph time is 10.7 seconds while top speed is 109 mph.
Regarding the interior cabin, both models offer roughly the same amount of space while the quality of the materials seems to be a little bit better in the Yaris. Speaking of the Toyota, don’t forget that the older models have the dashboard mounted in the center (the new one has the traditional configuration). Personally, I’m not a fan of the dashboard’s style but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t choose the Yaris.
As far as the price tags are concerned, the VW Polo costs from 9995 pounds to 19415 pounds for the top-spec model whereas the Yaris has a base price of 10730 pounds and the most expensive one starts from 15285 pounds. If you’re going to buy a used one, keep in mind that parts for the Polo are in most cases more expensive than the one for the Yaris
Regarding reliability, the Yaris would have to take the 1st place here but don’t think that the Polo isn’t any good, on the contrary, it has proven its reliability over the years but it can’t compete with a car “Made in Japan”.
We’re not going to talk about the design because our opinion isn’t relevant. We are just stating the facts about these cars. However, if you do ask us, we’ll be more than happy to provide an answer.
If you’re interested in buying a used one, you should know that you’ll find thousands of cars, from all generations, except for the new generation of the Yaris which was recently launched so you probably won’t find it yet as a used car. Both of them are good city cars and you won’t have any problems finding a parking space. These are also perfect for 1st time drivers.
2008 VW Polo 1.4
In the end, let’s offer a real comparison of one Polo and one Yaris that are on sale today. On gumtree.com you can find a 2008 VW Polo that has a 1.4 engine and the seller is asking 4,500 pounds. It is the 5-door hatchback variant with the gasoline engine and a manual gearbox. He drove it for only 22,000 miles.
On the other side, we find a Toyota Yaris 1.3 Auto from the same year with 29,620 miles and the current owner wants to sell it for 5,750 pounds. This is a 5-door blue Yaris that comes with AC and the seller mentions in the ad that he will provide the car’s service book.
As you can see, the cars are from the same year with roughly the same engine capacity. In my opinion, the guy with the Yaris is asking too much for the car and if I were to pick from these two I’d take the Polo because it’s a lot cheaper and it has fewer miles on the odometer.
Of course, this would have to be a simple comparison that we can make, but in the end, the decision is up to you. Don’t forget that you’re not limited to these two models as there are plenty of alternatives, here are just a few of them: Citroen C1, Skoda Fabia, Honda Jazz and the Renault Clio.
If you were hoping for an easy answer, there isn’t one as you’ll have to take into consideration a lot of factors. Taking into consideration that you are going to choose from two great cars, you really can’t go wrong on this one.