Fairly smoothly. The Polo is a nice, easy drive with plenty of zip factor, it zooms around town like you’re playing wing attack on a netball team, weaving in and out of traffic. So little! So zippy! Sure, it’s not as smooth as a more expensive car would be, but don’t take away from it - it’s definitely smooth enough.
It has a small 1.0-litre engine but it still has enough power to get me up hills. It's not the fastest car up the hill, but it gets there perfectly fine. It has good handling and a responsive steering wheel that is easy to turn, no arm workouts here, and there’s absolutely no heaviness when you drive it. It’s light all the way.
Parking is a breeze because of the size and small turning circle - I have been fitting into tiny parks all over town this week, and there’s also a reverse parking camera to help. But I’m not sure I’d be comfortable in this car for a long road trip. I’m a bit of a chicken when it comes to endless roads and big trucks whizzing by, especially when travelling with children, and for road trips I would feel safer in a bigger car. That’s why the Polo would be great as a second family car, rather than the main family transport.