VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN POLO HATCHBACK 1.0 TSI 95 Beats 5dr DSG

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2128 g/km

Volkswagen's Polo gets a touch trendier in appealing 'Beats' mid-range form. The brand has teamed up with Californian audio specialists Beats Electronics to create a smarter-looking supermini with high performance sound.

GETTING WITH THE BEAT

Volkswagen hopes to attract younger buyers to its Polo supermini with this 'Beats' variant. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen's Polo gets a touch trendier in appealing 'Beats' mid-range form. The brand has teamed up with Californian audio specialists Beats Electronics to create a smarter-looking supermini with high performance sound.

Background

The Volkswagen Polo. You know why you'd buy one: quality, class, high residuals: things like that. Qualities that are worthy but a little dull. So what about this, the Polo Beats variant. It's still a Polo, but one with a little more about it. As the name suggests, it gets a much better stereo, a 300-watt eight-channel system that's very different to the set-up usually provided in this car. And it looks a little smarter inside and out as well, while also getting some of Volkswagen's latest media connectivity options. There's a wide choice of engines too. Plenty to like then.

Driving Experience

The Polo Beats features a range of EU6-compliant engines. Petrol options are two three-cylinder 1.0-litre MPI units with 65 or 75PS, plus a 1.0-litre four-cylinder TSI powerplant with 95PS that can also be ordered with DSG auto transmission. Should you prefer to go diesel, there is a three-cylinder 1.6-litre TDI engine with 80PS. And on the road? Well, it still isn't as fun to drive as a Fiesta, a Peugeot 208 or a Renault Clio. For most Polo people, that won't matter one jot, many potential owners being quite happy to trade the differences that do exist for this Volkswagen model's superior long distance refinement and more impressive ride. The ride in town is as good as it i eering system is nice to twirl around on city streets too, lacking the remote PlayStation feel of s on the open road, easily shrugging off pock-marked urban surfaces. The st some rival electric set-ups and combining with the large glass area to make parking a doddle. Oh and the seats are some of the most supportive we've tried in a small car at this price point, an important point for supermini buyers. After all, it isn't only long distance journeys that can take up to 2-3 hours.

Design and Build

The sharper looks of the Polo Beats back up its class-leading sound system, with standard equipment including 16-inch 'Torsby' alloy wheels. Typically conservative Polo folk may not like the body stripes and brighter seat fabric that come with this trim level quite so much, but the 'velvet red' interior trim highlights look nice and you get sports seats, rear tinted glass, front fog lights, larger 16-inch 'Torsby' alloy wheels and unique 'beats' badging as part of the deal. As soon as you get in, just as in a Golf, you'll sense all the hallmarks of a really well made car, with the same glass-fronted 8.0-inch 'Composition Media' infotainment touchscreen you'd find on Volkswagen's larger family hatch dominating the dash. Gone is the somewhat old fashioned vertically-stacked dash of the previous Polo and in its place, a more horizontally-orientated design is based around the central fascia panel that positions all of the key controls on a higher plane that's more in your direct line of sight. There's more rear seat room than there was in the previous generation model, thanks to this sixth generation design's 92mm increase in wheelbase. And more cargo space too. There's a 355-litre boot, which increases to 1,125-litres when the rear seats are folded down.

Market and Model

The Beats special edition slots into the Polo range just above 'SE' versions and prices start at just under £16,000 for the 1.0 65PS variant. So you're looking at a premium of around £2,000 over an 'SE' model. In keeping with its name, this derivative delivers a 'beats audio' system, a 300-watt set-up with an 8-channel amplifier and a subwoofer that sits under the boot floor in the space that in all other versions of this car would be occupied by the standard spare wheel. As with other Polo models, this one features the brand's smart 'Composition Media' infotainment system with its smart glass-fronted 8-inch touchscreen. And you can get a lot from it thanks to the standard inclusion of Volkswagen's 'Car-Net' 'App-Connect' system that allows use of the 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto'/'MirrorLink' systems that enable you to 'mirror' the display of your smartphone onto the centre-dash screen. Other kit includes 16-inch alloy wheels, an alarm, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, a sophisticated trip computer, rear electric windows and a variable-height boot floor.

Cost of Ownership

Volkswagen has long been trying to drive down running costs using the clever BlueMotion Technology you'll find on all Polo models. This includes much of the stuff we're now getting familiar with on more efficient superminis, things like battery regeneration to help utilise energy that would otherwise be lost under braking. And a Stop/Start system that cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. The 1.0-litre petrol engine most will choose can squeeze 60.1 miles out of a gallon of 95 RON. Emissions are rated at 108g/km. The 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit is a great compromise between economy and effervescence, with a tiny turbocharger boosting power to 95PS. Even here, you'll get 62.8 miles per gallon, with 107g/km carbon emissions. If I had to identify the most attractive buy in the Polo range, it would probably be this powerplant, mated to the DSG gearbox if you're not too cash-strapped. The 1.6-litre TDI diesel variant is supposed to be able to deliver up to 76.3mpg on the combined cycle and record up to 97g/km of CO2.

Summary

This Polo Beats variant will be welcomed by Volkswagen dealers, offering Wolfsburg's solid supermini a little more zip in the showrooms. 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 are really best in class stuff. 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. Add to that the Beats edition embellishments and you have a very appealing little package.

  • 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

  • Unique beats decals on bonnet and roof
  • Black radiator grille with chrome louvres
  • Black grille with chrome surround
  • Unique beats door sill protectors
  • Unique beats logo on B pillar
  • 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
  • Gear change selection via paddle shift on steering wheel
  • 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): 106
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 65
  • CO: 0.314
  • HC: 0.054
  • NOx: 0.037
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0004
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 177
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 120
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 128

  • 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: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 48.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 68.9
  • EC Combined (mpg): 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6

  • 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: 1121
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1660
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 40
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 590
  • Max. Loading Weight: 539

  • 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

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