While it may not be well known in North America, the Volkswagen Polo has been a top selling subcompact car in Europe since its debut in 1975. Initially nothing more than a recycled ’74 Audi 50, this little cousin of the VW Golf has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a modest commuter car. Now going into its sixth generation design, the Polo has so much to offer for such a reasonable price tag.
This new generation of the Polo is less about changing the look and styling of the vehicle and more about improving the efficiency with the help of VW’s BlueMotion technology. The previous 1.2L TDI three-cylinder has been replaced with a 1.4L TDI inline four. You would think by making the engine larger it would boost performance and reduce efficiency but VW appears to have magic powers that have allowed them to increase both efficiency and power at the same time. How did they do this? This magic has been achieved with two main changes, building the engine block out of aluminum rather than iron and by incorporating cylinder deactivation technology.
If buyers don’t want to go the diesel route they have the option of a 1.0L TSI turbo gas-powered engine. This will be superseding the former 1.2L TSI turbo and much like the replacement for its diesel counterpart, it as well boasts better fuel economy and performance through similar upgrades.
Familiar VW design elements
Although the majority of the focus is on the Polo’s new internal components, there will be a delicate facelift for the design of the vehicle. The redesigned bumpers, front air intake and LED front and rear lights give the car a bolder look. This exterior facelift is also coupled with five new options for alloy wheels that only add to the confident appearance of the new Polo. The inside of the vehicle has elements directly appropriated from the VW Golf such as the three-spoke steering wheel and infotainment system in the centre console.
The new VW Polo is set to unveil at the Geneva Auto Show in March and will be available for order in the UK as of April with first deliveries expected around July. VW has commented that the price will not increase from where it currently stands around £11,000, meaning this super-efficient subcompact should fit nicely into the budget of the average working-class person.