The sixth-generation Polo has been revealed by Volkswagen, following a pre-release teaser. With more than 14 million units sold, the Polo range is one of the world’s most successful compact cars.
The all-new VW Polo is now endowed with a fresh exterior design, more spacious interior, new cockpit layout structured for the digital world, efficient TSI (petrol), TGI (natural gas) and TDI (diesel) engines, as well as an array of assistance systems.
There are five equipment lines for the new Polo: Trendline, Comfortline, Highline, ‘Beats’ special edition and the high flyer, Polo GTI.
In looks, the new Polo is sportier and more masculine than its predecessor. The sixth generation Polo, in a nutshell, is the first to be based on the new Modular Transverse Matrix for compact models (MQB A0). The car has much more dynamic proportions and a significantly longer silhouette, because the wheelbase, exterior length and width all grew while the car’s height remained nearly identical. One of the main highlights of the new Polo is the Arrow-shaped ‘tornado’ double line, which emerges from the straight line of the window shoulder is another line that runs towards the front and into the headlights, making the Polo appear very long.
The front bumper was completely redesigned. The large glass surfaces of the fog lights and turn signal lights are eye-catching from the side of the car. They terminate outwards in three-dimensionally contoured angles. Between them there are two air intakes: a V-shaped one in the middle, and a narrow second intake that extends across the entire width. The new Polo’s rear bodywork design now spots a clean, well balanced overall architecture that has been significantly developed and, like the sides and front end, made more precise and sharper.
A range of fresh new colors (a total of 14 exterior colors are available) for the new Polo, along with twelve wheels (14- to 18-inch, some painted in contrasting color), dashpads in 13 different decors, and two interior trim versions and eleven different seat covers. The new Polo, with its length of 4,053 mm, is slightly shorter than the fourth generation Golf, but it surpasses that Golf when it comes to its wheelbase (53 mm longer) and space for the driver, passengers and luggage (21 liters more).
The Polo has made continual gains in comfort. The sixth generation Polo has grown, making it larger than its predecessor in all of its dimensions. This has resulted in much more interior space and a significantly increased boot volume, which has grown from 280 to 351 liters.
Digital instruments and new information and assistance systems are some of the prime features of the new Polo. The new Polo brings the future to the compact class, with a whole lot of space and the premiere of a new generation of the Active Info Display, the latest infotainment systems and forward-thinking assistance systems. Some of the new assistance systems reserved for the Polo include Front Assist area monitoring system with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Blind Spot Detection lane change system with Rear Traffic Alert and Park Assist system with a ‘manoeuvring function’, as well as an optional Keyless Access locking and engine starting system.
The new Polo will roll out in most European countries very soon, and it will launch successively with nine Euro-6 engines. The power range at market launch: 65 PS to 150 PS. For the first time, the Polo is available with a natural gas engine: the newly developed 1.0 TGI with an output of 90 PS.
Four petrol and two diesel engines are also available. The petrol engines range from the 1.0 MPI with 65 PS to the brand new 1.5 TSI EVO with cylinder deactivation (ACT) and 150 PS. The Polo is launching with diesel versions (TDI) with outputs of 80 PS and 95 PS2. All of these models are equipped with a stop-start system and a regenerative braking mode. Starting from an output of 70 kW, all engines may be combined with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The GTI rounds out the range of the Polo family, with an output of 200 PS.