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VOLKSWAGEN POLO HATCHBACK

1.0 TSI R-Line 5dr

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Key Information

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Petrol
Co2
Co2 119.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Manual
Top Speed
Top Speed 116mph

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VOLKSWAGEN POLO 1.0 TSI R-Line 5dr

- Independent review from Car and Driving
  • Performance
    6
  • Handling
    7
  • Comfort
    9
  • Space
    7
  • Styling
    8
  • Build
    8
  • Value
    7
  • Equipment
    7
  • Economy
    7
  • Depreciation
    9
  • Insurance
    7

The sixth generation Volkswagen Polo has been much improved in this updated form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Why would you buy a Volkswagen Polo? You wouldn't buy it on price, because there are many rival superminis that cost less. Many of these cars will have more equipment inside them. Some will even be nicer to drive. That much-vaunted Volkswagen build quality is, statistically at least, something that the Japanese and Koreans covered off some time ago. So what's the appeal? It's simple. The Polo is all about understated refinement or, to put it another way, conspicuously not trying too hard to impress. Now this is a very hard trick to carry off. Try too hard and this Volkswagen loses its cool. Don't try hard enough and the car looks like a complacent trinket for posers, which is possibly even less desirable. So with this improved sixth generation Polo, the Wolfsburg brand is looking to land it square in that profitable sweet spot.

Driving Experience

Volkswagen always intended that this sixth generation Polo should ride like a much larger car and sure enough it does, easily shrugging off pock-marked urban surfaces, helped by its sophisticated light, stiff MQB A0 chassis, shared with cousins SEAT's Ibiza, Audi's A1 and Skoda's Fabia. Through the corners, this Polo isn't quite as agile as that SEAT or a rival Ford Fiesta - the rather light steering doesn't deliver a huge amount in terms of meaningful feedback - but body movements are well controlled and wider tracks deliver plenty of front end grip. A class-leading feature available across the Polo range is Volkswagen's clever assist system 'IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist', which brings together predictive ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) and Lane Assist to create a new assist system that enables partly automated driving. As for engines, well almost all buyers in our market are going to order a Polo with petrol power - specifically the 999cc three cylinder unit that now features in so many compact Volkswagen Group models. At the foot of the range, it appears in normally aspirated MPI form with 80PS. A better option though, if you can stretch to it, is the turbocharged TSI version of this unit, available with either 95PS and a choice of 5-speed manual or 7-speed DSG auto transmission; or 110PS and a DSG auto 7-speed gearbox. DSG auto transmission is conditional for those who choose the 207PS 2.0-litre engine fitted to the flagship GTI hot hatch model.

Design and Build

The visual updates made to this sixth generation Polo are a little more noticeable than the changes made to its SEAT Ibiza cousin. If you know your Polos, you'll notice the smoother front end styling, which can now include the brand's piercing 'IQ.Light' intelligent LED matrix headlights, which allow individual settings for different driving conditions and environments. At the rear, there are revised, more Golf-like, tail lamp clusters. The result is a more mature, grown-up level of pavement presence. Inside, a key change is the incorporation of Volkswagen's 'Digital Cockpit', an 8.0-inch digital instrument screen to replace the standard binnacle dials - as standard equipment. This display grows to 10.25-inches in size further up the range from 'Style-spec. Otherwise though, the cabin is much as before, with its horizontally-orientated dashboard and a high placement for the 8.0-inch centre-dash 'Ready 2 Discover' infotainment screen. An upper cross-panel flows across the dash into the doors and can be colour-personalised to suit your taste. In the back, you may, as before, find that this design's relatively high waistline and shallow rear window make it feel a touch enclosed, but rear quarter light windows help and there's class-competitive elbow and legroom. Out back, there's a 355-litre boot, significantly bigger than the trunk offered in a Ford Fiesta. Fold the rear seats and up to 1,125-litres of space can be freed up.

Market and Model

List pricing for this car actually starts from around £18,000. In practice though, it's pretty difficult to imagine many Polo owners paying much less than £20,000 and some will be shelling out a figure somewhere in the £21,000 to £23,000 bracket. The range kicks off with 'Life'-spec models, then you get a mid-range 'Style' variant, with plush 'R-Line' derivatives at the top of the mainstream range. You'll need a budget of around £26,500 if you want the top 2.0 TSI 207PS Polo GTI. This enhanced model introduces big-car technology to this compact Volkswagen. For example, the entry-level Polo 'Life' variants feature the brand's 'Travel Assist' system as standard for 95PS 'Life' models and above - making the Polo one of the first models in its segment to offer partly automated driving. LED headlights, Adaptive Cruise Control and an 8.0-inch Digital Cockpit are also among the enhanced Polo's factory-fit equipment, with handy features such as two front and two rear USB sockets, power-folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors, and automatic rain-sensing wipers also included as standard. The Polo's 8.0-inch 'Ready 2 Discover' infotainment system is built on the third-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3) and therefore brings App-Connect, which uses either a USB connection or Bluetooth link to activate smartphone mirroring via the central touchscreen. The blend of value, technology and appeal of the 'Life' trim means that it is expected to take around 75% of Polo sales in the UK.

Cost of Ownership

All of the Polo engines on offer are decently frugal. Let's get to the WLTP-rated fuel and CO2 stats. With the base unit, the 80PS version of the 1.0-litre MPI engine, you're supposed to be able to achieve up to 51.5mpg on the combined cycle and up to 124g/km of CO2. In contrast, in a 95PS 1.0 TSI turbo variant, those figures improve to 54.3mpg and 118g/km with a manual gearbox: it's 50.4mpg and 128g/km if you opt for that 1.0-litre TSI engine with a DSG auto gearbox and 110PS. What else? Well, the three year/60,000 mileage warranty isn't anything to write home about in a marketplace where other rivals offer more. But there is a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' servicing regimes, depending on the mileage you expect to cover, the 'Fixed' package appropriate for cars covering under 10,000 miles a year. Residual values will continue to be strong: with the previous generation version, you could expect to get between 44 and 51% of your original purchase price back after three years or 36,000 miles. We don't expect that kind of showing to change much this time round.

Summary

So, where does all that leave us? Well, in one of those situations where much has changed - but nothing is really very different. This improved version of the sixth generation Polo is a step on from its predecessor but if you want one, the reasons why will probably be much as they've always been with this car: it feels a quality cut above its rivals. Opting for one of these suggests that you choose to drive a small car, rather than necessarily needing to. It's a small but significant difference. At the end of the day, there's much to be said for an extra touch of quality and class. Seek those as your priorities and you'll find this little supermini more than happy to oblige.

Driver Convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control without follow-to-stop and speed limiter
  • Bluetooth mobile phone interface
  • Digital Cockpit Pro with 10.25" Display
  • Driver alert system
  • Dynamic road sign display
  • Emergency call service
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering
  • Preparation for We connect and We connect plus
  • Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge
  • Standard rear axle
  • Travel Assist - Lane keeping system and traffic jam assist
  • Travel assist including emergency assist
  • Trip computer
  • Warning signal and warning light for front and rear seatbelts not fastened
  • Washer fluid level indicator
  • Wireless app connect

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • Front wheel drive
  • Rear shock absorpion
  • Start-stop system with battery regeneration (recuperation - energy recovery during braking)

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Diversity antenna for FM reception
  • Front and rear 6 speakers

Exterior Features

  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Chrome plated radiator grille inserts, air vent surrounds and light switch surrounds
  • Electric front windows
  • Front scuff plates with R-Line logo
  • Heat insulating glass in side and rear windows
  • Heat insulating glass windscreen
  • Power folding adjustable/heated exterior mirrors and front passenger exterior mirror lowering function
  • Rear electric windows
  • Rear fog light
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards approx 65% tinted
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
  • Third brake light

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • 2 USB-C ports in the front, 2 USB-C charging sockets on the center console in the rear
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat and rear seat bench not split
  • Air care climatronic air conditoning system with active combination filter and 2-zone temperature control
  • Black roof lining
  • Ceramique headliner
  • Door and side trim panel
  • Driver and front passenger seat height adjustment
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front footwell illumination
  • Front seat backrest storage pockets
  • Front sports comfort seats
  • Handbrake lever handle in leather
  • Isofix child seat preparation easy-fit (for two outer rear seats, and front passenger seat) compatible with I-size
  • Karoso artvelours cloth upholstery
  • Leather trimmed gear knob
  • LED interior light with switch off delay and dimmer, 2 reading lights front and rear
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Luggage compartment floor
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Lumbar adjustment for front seats
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Standard pedal cluster

Packs

  • Light and sight pack - Polo R-Line

Passive Safety

  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints
  • ESC (Electronic stability control) + EDL (Electronic Differntial lock) and ASR (Traction control)
  • Extended and predictive pedestrian/ cyclist protection
  • Front curtain and side airbags with center airbag
  • Hill hold control
  • Manual child lock in rear doors
  • Single tone horn
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator

Security

  • Alarm with interior protection
  • Anti-theft alarm system with interior monitoring, backup horn, and towing protection
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts
  • Electronic engine immobiliser

Trim

  • Chrome applications on rotary light, mirror adjustment, window regulator switches, outlet with frame in black
  • Dark grey anodised matt decorative inserts in dash and front door panels

Wheels

  • Low rolling resistance tyres

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    119
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    119

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    999
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    5 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL
    5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH
    4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL
    4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH
    7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH
    5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL
    5.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH
    49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL
    52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH
    58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL
    62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH
    40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL
    42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH
    52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL
    55.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.0
  • Badge Power
    95
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TSI
  • Coin Series
    R Line
  • Generation Mark
    6
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    10E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    94
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    80
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    70
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    70
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18600
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    10.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    95
  • Engine Power - KW
    70
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    129
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    17.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    175
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1600
  • Top Speed
    116

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    VALENCIA
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1451
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4074
  • Wheelbase
    2552
  • Width
    1751

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    40
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1620
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1380
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    351
  • Max. Loading Weight
    523
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    580
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1097
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.6

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