The new Volkswagen POLO represents the sixth generation of the successful hatchback. This time around it brings an optimised MQB Matrix platform along with new engine choices including natural gas as a fuel choice.
The Polo is now 4,053mm long, while being squatter than the outgoing car, sits on a longer wheelbase of 2,548mm and offers more cargo space at 351 litres (that’s 71 litres more).
Exterior design has been completely reworked, with a more muscular look that feels closer to big brother Golf. The headlights now present a new LED light signature, while the rear inorporates a compact outboard pairing of LED taillights.
A major highlight of the new car is the first use of a digital cockpit concept in the Polo. Volkswagen has just announced the introduction in the new T-Roc, and we see a similar layout and execution in the Polo, with a digital instrument panel and a central display unit obviating the need for analogue dials. The model now features four trim lines that cover Trendline, Comfortline, Highline and Beats (the last of which incorporates a 300W sound system.
The car will also be available with a choice of nine engines that cover petrol, diesel and natural gas, although European customers will get three choices at launch – all three-cylinder units; two 1.0 MPI engines, one with 65 PS and the other with 75 PS as well as a turbocharged 1.0 litre TSI with 95 PS. The DSG gearbox is available on the engines with 95 PS and higher. All models are equipped with a stop-start system and a regenerative braking mode.
The Polo is the first new model to bring to life Volkswagen’s “we make the future real” philosophy, bringing in elements of Automated Driving, Intuitive Usability, Connected Community and Smart Sustainability. The principal features that are offered against autonomous driving include front assist with city emergency braking and pedestrian monitoring, lane change assist, cross traffic monitor and adaptive cruise control. The active info display relates to the second property.
The Polo features Volkswagen Car-Net that integrates with MirrorLink, CarPlay and Android Auto, adding various online services like ‘Guide and Inform’.