Just look at what Volkswagen did with the new Volkswagen Polo. While the previous one wasn’t really inspiring in terms of looks even in Polo GTI form, the new Polo so much better. It looks lower and wider, with body panels that play around with lighting in a much nicer way than the outgoing Polo’s bodywork. Being able to stretch your wallet only as far as a B-segment hatch never looked so good.
Volkswagen claims the Polo will be able to score a 5-star raring in the new Euro NCAP crash test system, which will mean it will equal the score of a much larger car, the Mazda 6, mostly thanks to its new more rigid chassis. This same chassis first made its debut on the new SEAT Ibiza. Despite a new stiffer chassis, the new Polo is also lighter by 7.5%.
ESP stability control is also now standard on all European models, though it probably won’t be in development countries where the Polo is sold. The ESP system also has Hill Hold Control which helps prevent the car from sliding down while you slowly get the clutch and accelerator pedal on terms when taking off from a slope. There are plenty of airbags including head-thorax airbags integrated in the front seatbacks.
Transmission choices consist of a manual transmission or a 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox. These will be mated to 7 different engines – 4 petrol and 3 TDI (no more Pump Duse) oil burners, which VW says 5 are all-new or used for the first time in a Polo. The new Polo 1.6 TDI BlueMotion does 90 PS with 3.8 litres of diesel per 100km fuel consumpion and 96g/km of CO2. There is a new inline-4 1.2 litre turbocharged TSI engine that also debuted on the SEAT Ibiza, producing 105 PS, equivalent to a 1.5 litre engine but with a much nicer and usable torque band.
Look after the jump for a hi-res gallery and a video.
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