16.6.2017New VW Polo offers more space and technology
Volkswagen has launched its new MkVI Polo at an event in Berlin, with the popular supermini drawing on a number of features from the recently revised Golf. The Polo is longer and wider than before, will come with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, and will only be available as a five-door model.
Based on a new VW Group platform - MQB A0 - the Polo will share its underpinnings with the likes of the new Seat Ibiza, and next generation compact Audi's and Skoda's. Sharper looking than the conservative outgoing model, the new Polo is also more practical, with additional space for both luggage and passengers.
Those inside will find a far brighter cabin than the current generation Polo too, with large swathes of colour available across the dashboard and around the centre console, door handles etc.
The interior might look more youthful but it also takes inspiration from its bigger brother - the new Golf. The driver's instruments can be specified with VW's Active Info Display, which involves a customisable digital screen to display driving information and navigation options. Also fed down from the class above is VW's latest and high quality touchscreen infotainment system.
Under the bonnet there will likely be a choice of eight engines for UK buyers, made up of six petrols and two diesels. Four of the petrol units will be 1.0 litre powerplants, with two of those turbocharged. The non-turbo MPI engines will produce 64 or 74bhp, while the TSI options produce 94 or 113bhp.
Considering the greenest petrol powered Polo at the moment is the 1.0 TSI 95 Bluemotion, emissions levels are expected to be slightly lower than the current best of 98 g/km CO2 because of the new lighter platform.
Current diesel CO2 emissions are lower still at 88 g/km, with the new Polo expected to better these a little too, but not by much. This is because the 1.6 TDI engines on offer will produce 79 or 94bhp, the same as existing options.
Because of various factors - including the VW emissions scandal and air quality issues - it is not expected that diesel sales will be as high as in the past. The 1.0 litre petrols will be joined by the new 1.5 TSI Evo which features cylinder deactivation technology, while there will also be a 2.0 litre TSI powering the new Polo GTI.
Trim levels will include S, SE, and SEL as the normal grades, with beats and R-Line models also due to be available for a more youthful of sportier look respectively. Safety equipment will be extremely good - another new Golf influence - with emergency brake assist including pedestrian detection as standard on all models.
A new connectivity platform "We By Volkswagen" is launching alongside the Polo, and offers keyless entry and start and wireless phone charging for the first time on this model.
Due to go on sale in the UK in October, deliveries aren't expected until the beginning of next year. UK prices haven;t been announced yet but expect a small increase on the current pricing system, which starts just shy of £12,000.