VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN POLO HATCHBACK 1.0 TSI 95 Beats 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2121 g/km

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.

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

Ten Second Review

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.

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

Driving Experience

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.

Design and Build

So low key is the Polo's styling that the changes made to this MK6 model may be lost on some customers. Perhaps more obvious though, is this sixth generation design's larger size. It's now only slightly shorter than a MK4 Golf used to be and, thanks to a longer wheelbase than that car, significantly larger inside. To be specific, this MK6 Polo is 81mm longer than its predecessor, making it now over 4m long. It's now also slightly lower in stance and 69mm wider. Volkswagen thinks that the resulting stretched silhouette is 'more masculine', you decide. In profile, the new styling is defined by an arrow-shaped 'tornado' double line, while at the front, there's a smarter grille flanked by headlamps that can be optionally ordered with full-LED beams. Inside, the vertically-orientated dashboard of the previous model has been replaced with horizontal architecture and a higher placement for the new centre-dash infotainment screen; this monitor varies in size between 6.5 and 8-inches, depending on the variant you select. An upper cross-panel flows across the dash into the doors and can be colour-personalised to suit your taste. As an option, buyers can replace the usual dash dials with Volkswagen's 'Active Info Display' TFT virtual screen gauges.

Market and Model

Many potential Polo customers perceive this to be a more expensive supermini than it actually is. Trim levels start at 'S', but most customers start with the next spec level up, 'Match', which gives you 15-inch alloy wheels, front foglights, rear tinted windows and all-round parking sensors. If that's not enough, the next level up is 'beats', then 'SEL' and 'R-Line', culminating with the GTI hot hatch. There's a single five-door hatch body style and prices start from just over £15,000 (or from around £16,500 for the 'Match' models) and rise up to well over £21,500 (for the GTI variant, it's between £22,000 and £23,500). All of this is about par for the small car sector. Volkswagen hopes though, that equipment levels are anything but par for the segment. 'Big car' features now available in this model include full-LED headlights, active damping, a wireless charging mat for smartphones and one of the largest panoramic glass sunroofs in the class. Plus you can add in the brand's 'Active Info Display' to replace the conventional dashboard dials. Infotainment screens vary in size from 6.5 to 8-inches. Camera-driven safety standards take a big step forward. Every model comes equipped with autonomous braking - a combination of the brand's 'Front Assist', City Emergency Braking' and 'Pedestrian Monitoring' systems. Buyers can also add in Blind Spot Monitoring, 'ACC' 'Adaptive Cruise Control' and a 'Rear Traffic Alert' feature that'll warn you of oncoming traffic when you're reversing out of a space. You may well have steered into that space using the optional 'Park Assist' system which now includes a 'manoeuvring function' that'll automatically brake the car if you're about to hit a solid object. No more bollard scrapes then.

Cost of Ownership

All of the Polo engines on offer are decently frugal. Expect the entry-level 1.0-litre 80PS three cylinder petrol engine to return 51.4mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and an NEDC CO2 return of up to 106g/km. For the 95PS turbo TSI engine, the figures are up to 50.4mpg and up to 105g/km, while for the 1.0 TSI 115PS unit, it's 51.4mpg and 107g/km. The 1.6 TDI diesel manages up to 57.6mpg and 97g/km. And for the 2.0 TSI GTI variant, it's up to 39.8mpg and 138g/km. 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

The Volkswagen Polo formula has worked well to date, but competition in the supermini sector has ramped up not by a notch or two but by a great hulking leap thanks to the arrival of cars in this class like all-new versions of the Ford Fiesta, the Citroen C3, the SEAT Ibiza and the Kia Rio. Beating models of that kind isn't as easy for Volkswagen as it used to be. The Polo previously appealed on classy minimalism but most people these days want slick electronics and a greater feeling of design input inside their small cars. Volkswagen has responded and done so with typical thoroughness. Little about the Polo's dynamics or efficiency really represents a best in class showing. But what makes this car so good is that it's there or thereabouts in most categories but doesn't get beaten by anyone when it comes to perceived quality. That's key. That reassuring feeling that your second-largest capital purchase is money well spent ought to guarantee this car's place at the top table.

  • Electric front windows
  • Heat insulating tinted glass
  • Heated rear window with auto timer
  • Rear electric windows
  • Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards approx 65% tinted
  • Front windscreen washers and wipers with 4 speed intermittent delay
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay, reverse activated

  • Front disc brakes and rear drum brakes
  • Automatic post collision braking
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • Electronic stabilisation programme with electronic differential lock + traction control
  • Hill hold control
  • Anti-lock brake system

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • Galvanished body

  • Wireless app connect
  • Volkswagen connect

  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering
  • Driver alert system

  • Start/stop system

  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
  • Lights on warning
  • Digital clock
  • Emergency call service
  • Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge
  • Multifunction computer plus

  • Black door mirrors with integrated indicators

  • Air vents in High gloss black
  • Velvet red trim in dash and centre console
  • Limestone grey decorative inserts

  • Battery regeneration during braking

  • DAB digital audio broadcast
  • Beats audio system with 6 speakers, digital 8 channel amplifier, subwoofer, 300w total power output
  • Diversity antenna for FM reception

  • Black radiator grille with chrome louvres
  • Black grille with chrome surround
  • Unique beats door sill protectors
  • Unique beats logo on B pillar
  • Unique beats decals on bonnet and roof
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body coloured side sills

  • High level 3rd brake light
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • LED daytime running lights

  • Dust/pollen filter

  • Storage compartment under front seats
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Storage compartment in front doors
  • Handbrake grip button in chrome effect
  • Leatherette door panels
  • Gear lever gaiter in black trim surround
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Glovebox
  • Leather gear knob and handbrake grip
  • 2 bag hooks in luggage compartment
  • Leather multifunction steering wheel
  • Luggage compartment cover, removable
  • 2 front cupholders and 12 V socket with cover
  • Centre console storage with open storage compartment
  • Tracks 2 cloth seat centre section leatherette with side bolsters

  • Interior light with delay
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • 2 front and 2 rear reading lights
  • Instrument lighting, adjustable panel illumination

  • Single tone horn
  • Driver/front passenger airbag
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints
  • Front and rear passenger curtain airbags

  • Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seats
  • Front head restraints
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Front seat backrest storage pockets
  • Folding rear seat backrest
  • Front sport seats with height adjustment and beats logo on rear backrest

  • Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys

  • Driver and front passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 104
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • CO: 0.255
  • HC: 0.041
  • NOx: 0.028
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0002
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 168
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 109
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 121
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 121

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

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 49.6
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 70.6
  • EC Combined (mpg): 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.7

  • Generation Mark: 5
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 8E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 76
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 59
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 95
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Beats
  • Coin Description: TSI 95
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - BHP: 95
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.8
  • Top Speed: 116
  • Engine Power - KW: 70
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 129
  • Engine Torque - NM: 175
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1600
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 17.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: TORSBY
  • Tyre Size Rear: 195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 195/55 R16

  • Length: 4053
  • Width: 1751
  • Wheelbase: 2551
  • Width (including mirrors): 1964
  • Height: 1461
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 351
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1125
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1088
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1620
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 40
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 580
  • Max. Loading Weight: 532

  • Voice activation for telephone and navigation: £200
  • Mobile phone interface with inductive charging: £105

  • Lane assist with blind spot detection, rear traffic alert and electrically foldable door mirrors, dynamic road sign display: £735
  • ACC - Adaptive cruise control with front assist, distance monitoring, city emergency brake and speed limiter: £620
  • Rear view camera: £260
  • Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensors: £325
  • Cruise control + speed limiter: £290
  • Park assist steering with front/rear parking sensors: £450
  • Front assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitor, city emergency braking and predictive pedestrian protection: Included
  • Driver Mode Selection with four preset modes - Eco, normal, sport or individual modes: £120
  • Lane assist with blind spot detection, rear traffic alert and electrically foldable door mirrors: £690

  • Discover media navigation system with 8" display including streaming and internet: £865
  • Digital Cockpit Pro: £480

  • Electrically foldable, adjustable and heated door mirrors with reverse activated kerb view adjustment on passenger's side: £160
  • Manual dimmable interior rear-view mirror: Included
  • Internally adjustable door mirrors: Included
  • Electric operated/heated door mirrors: Included

  • Special solid paint: £350
  • Pearlescent paint: £575
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Electric panoramic sunroof with glass sliding and tilting including integrated roller blind: £930

  • LED dipped and main beam headlights with automatic range adjustment and 3D effect LED rear tail lights: £1,000
  • Halogen clear headlights with range adjustable including automatic headlights on: Included

  • Climate control - 2 zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation and allergy filter: £420
  • Manual air conditioning: Included

  • Front centre armrest with 2 x USB-C ports in front and 2 x USB-C ports in the rear: £155

  • Composition Media Pack - Polo: Included
  • Winter pack - Polo: £300
  • Light and sight pack - Polo: £205
  • Smoking pack - Polo: £30

  • Pearl - Deep black: £575

  • Solid - Flash red: £0

  • Special solid - Pure white: £350

  • Front assist with Pre crash preventive occupant protection: £140

  • Remote keyless entry using key fob including Start/Stop button on centre console: £320

  • Tracks 2 cloth - Titan black/Red: £0

  • 17" Bonneville black diamond turned alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts: £450
  • 16" Las minas dark adamantium alloy wheels: £450
  • 16" Torsby black diamond turned alloy wheels: Included
  • 17" Pamplona alloy wheels: £495

  • Space saver spare wheel: £100
  • Tyre mobility kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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