It’s been a while since the VW Polo range has been freshened up and put on sale. One of the small cars that you want to be driving is one of the new updated Polo range, available in Australia and as safe, elegant and accomplished as ever. The updated version has nice new style, some extra goodies and even better pricing.
When the latest Polo was introduced a few years ago, the car was instantly a winner and gained The 2010 Car of the Year. This same quality and award winning design continues into the refreshed Polo models. It’s a car that feels luxurious and comfortable, and even larger than the dimensions actually suggest. A very well sorted chassis ensures that for a small car, the Polo doesn’t get the jitters over bumpier roads. Five-star safety and with excellent economy, it is very hard to overlook a car as good as the Volkswagen Polo.
There are three model lines in the range of Polos. The Trendline is available with a five-speed manual transmission, and it’s this one that gets you into Polo ownership. An auto version costs slightly more, but is a very smooth performer. Premium luxury is found in the Volkswagen Polo Comfortline variant which comes with a seven-speed auto transmission as standard. Then there is the Volkswagen Polo GTi; a very special little car to drive that is both sporty and entertaining on all accounts.
One of the main changes to the refreshed Polo range is the new front nose on the Polo hatch. A new grille looks more defined, and with the slimmer bumper a wider air intake is the result. New headlights are tapered sharply by the grille and the wide wrap-around lens is elegantly bold. These new design features at the front of the Polo design makes the car look wider and lower. The rear of the little hatch has also been tweaked, giving the small hatch a trimmer appearance.
Slip into the interior of the freshened up Polo, and one or two better features have found their way from the Golf into the Polo. I notice that the leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel has found its way into the Comfortline Polo, and this really does make you feel more special and important. And why wouldn’t it, when you have a softer feel steering wheel with some more buttons to prod. Volkswagen Polos have one of the prettiest, yet functional, dashes in the small hatch business, and they always have a quality feel to them. The new instrument cluster is eye-catching, while the new Polo range gets an infotainment system that is similar in appearance to what you find in the new Golf. The 5-inch display screen is smart and piloted by touch. A range of new media functions are also available on the VW Polo, and these include features like an SD card slot, Bluetooth connectivity and more USB options.
A Volkswagen Polo will always provide you with class leading economy. All the models are very miserly on fuel, while remaining sprightly to drive. Of course, the 141 kW GTi is always going to be a hoot to drive, however the base 1.2 TSI engine in the Trendline offers a brisk 66 kW at 4800 rpm and a healthy 160 Nm of torque from as low as 1400 rpm all the way to 4000 rpm. The seven-speed auto manages a figure of 4.7 litres/100 km of fuel on average, and for those conscious of the amount of carbon put into the environment, the 109g/km is excellent. Actually, the low down grunt from the base model engine is impressive for a 1.2-litre.
Small hatches like the Honda Jazz, Suzuki Swift and Ford Fiesta are rivals for the accomplished Volkswagen Polo. However, the Polo has what it takes to be at the top of the class and a main market-share player.
Current Volkswagen Polo models include the:
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