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Volkswagen Polo

The independent definitive Volkswagen Polo video review
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    By Jonathan Crouch

    The Volkswagen Polo has been much improved in MK6 model form. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 54

    With 14 million cars sold to date, the Volkswagen Polo model line is one of the most successful in supermini history. This MK6 version is larger than before, better equipped and more personalisable. Features like a digital instrument panel and a whole raft of camera-driven safety kit also borrow much from the class above.

    Backgroundword count: 145

    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 latest sixth generation Polo, the Wolfsburg brand is looking to land it square in that profitable sweet spot.

    Driving Experienceword count: 226

    One thing really sets this Polo apart from most of its siupermini competitors when you drive it: a supple absorbant quality of ride. It really is quite impressive given the relatively straightforward torsion beam rear suspension set-up being used here. The oily bits under the bonnet have come in for some attention with this sixth-generation car. Petrol options start with a three-cylinder 1.0-litre MPI unit with 80PS, which sits below two 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI engines with either 95 or 115PS. 7-speed DSG automatic transmission is optional on those TSI petrol models. At the top of the range, there's a 200PS 2.0-litre TSI turbo unit for the GTI variant, which can only be had with a 6-speed DSG auto paddleshift 'box. Should you prefer to go diesel, there's a 95PS four cylinder 1.6-litre TDI engine, with 95PS. Britain doesn't get the 1.0 TGI natural gas engine offered in Europe. More important is the news that this MK6 model is the first Volkswagen supermini to be based on the group's light, stiff, sophisticated MQB Modular Transverse Matrix chassis, the one fitted to the larger Golf hatch since 2013. That's resulted in a stiffer body that should reduce body roll, at the same time as allowing the chassis to be set up in such a way that the Polo's traditionally excellent standards of ride quality can be further improved.

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    Min

    Max

    0-62 mph (s):

    16.1

    Combined mpg:

    60

    CO2 (g/km):

    88

    110

    Height (mm):

    1443

    1463

    Insurance group:

    4

    9

    Length (mm):

    3970

    3983

    ... and 4 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Small Runabouts

    Performance
    60%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    90%
    Space
    70%
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