The Sixth Generation Volkswagen Polo for 2017
The Volkswagen Polo was first introduced in 1975 and has become one of Volkswagens best-selling vehicles, second only to the Golf, with global sales of 14 million units. With 8 years since the previous update, big changes are in store for the sixth generation Polo…
"The Polo is a car for everybody, it is a classless car." - Dr Diess, Volkswagen
The newest Polo will be offered as a 5dr option only, after dwindling sales of the 3dr version. Immediately evident is a confident new, sporty and striking design with a ‘tornado line’ extending from the front side panels around the vehicle to the rear lights.
The compact dimensions of the Polo have been kept, keeping it firmly in the supermini segment, but there is an increase in size. The width of the Polo has increased by 69mm and the length by 81mm making the overall length just over 4 metres at 4,053 mm. Also increased is the wheelbase by 94mm creating more passenger room. The boot size has been increased from the 280 litres to 351 litres. In fact, Volkswagen claim the Polo has more interior space than any other class competitor.
The sporty appearance is continued via short overhangs and sporty design alloy wheels. To the front are C shaped LED daytime running lights that are fitted as standard across the range, with signature P shaped brake lights at the rear.
The interior of the Polo has had a major overhaul to make sure it reflects the digital world. Confirmed are MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apply CarPlay to make sure you are connected wherever you are by allowing access to your smartphone. Smartphone Apps and contacts can then be viewed and controlled by new infotainment systems that use a touchscreen system. Touchscreen size will vary from 6.5”-8” depending on the trim level chosen. A new inductive smartphone charging storage compartment provides hassle free charging on the go.
In a first for the Polo, and a world premiere of Volkswagen technology, the second generation Active Information Display will be available, making the Polo the only small car to offer a completely digital cockpit. Driver information such as speed, navigation and driver assistance aids will all be displayed on a digital screen behind the steering wheel.
Technology and Driver Aids
Most of the technology on offer in the Polo will be familiar as it already features in the Golf and Tiguan.
"In terms of technology the Polo plays in a high league" - Dr Diess, Volkswagen
As standard on all models Volkswagen will be supplying Front Assist with pedestrian monitoring. This system keeps you a safe distance from the car in front and watches out for pedestrians crossing your path of travel, warning will alert the driver to any danger and the brakes can be applied. This technology was seen to reduce rear collisions by 45% when it was introduced in the Golf. City Emergency braking will also come as standard, capable of bringing your Polo to a complete stand still if you have failed to respond to danger quickly enough and also supporting your braking if you have not depressed the brake pedal firmly enough in an emergency situation.
The rest of the technologies the Polo will now offer will not come as standard but will be available as options or are dependent on the trim level selected and include;
- Blind Spot Sensor – this is the first time this technology has ever been seen in the Polo. Vehicle in the blind spot will be detected and a warning light will illuminate on the corresponding wing mirror helping avoid collisions when changing lanes.
- Park Assist – this system will steer into a parking space while you control the speed – perfect parking every time!
- Speed Limiter
- Adaptive Cruise Control – this feature will keep you a safe distance from the car in front by increasing and decreasing speed accordingly, the driver just needs to control steering.
- Rear Traffic Alert – takes the guesswork out of reversing from a parking space by alerting you to any pedestrians or other vehicles that may cross your path of travel.
There are 2 additional models to the standard Polo available.
Polo Beats is designed for those who love music and for modern urban life with 6 loudspeakers and a subwoofer from audio specialist Beats Electronic.
The Polo GTI has special features including a honeycomb grille, red brake callipers, twin tailpipes, front and rear spoilers and a sports steering wheel. Of course, the GTI version also gets the fastest and most powerful engine.
There will be 9 engines available across the Polo range.
- 6 of these will be petrol engines. 4 will be 1.0 litre engines with a range of powers from 65-115HP. 1 will be a 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine with 150HP and the final petrol engine is just for the GTI and is a 2.0 litre engine reaching 200 HP with a 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds.
- 2 of the engines will be diesel offerings. Both will be 1.6 litre TDI engines with a choice of 80 HP or 95HP, each will be fitted with a SCR catalytic converter which is a world premiere in this class of car.
- The final engine will be a natural gas TGI engine, which is unique in this class offering 90HP with CO2 emissions of only 87g/km.
There will be 5 and 6 speed manuals and a 7 speed DSG auto to choose from. All engines will feature stop/start technology and regenerative braking as standard.
"The new Polo is not only more sustainable, more comfortable, more dynamic, more spacious and of course sager than its predecessor, it has also become more digital and offers more variety" - Dr Welsch, Volkswagen
The price of the new Volkswagen Polo is expected to be around £12,000 with orders opening in October 2017 and the first deliveries expected in January 2018.
What do think of the new Polo? Do you think Volkswagen's updates have done enough to compete with the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa?
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19 June 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy