Side view of Blue Volkswagen Polo

New Volkswagen Polo

From £19,030

"A brilliant strong package... one of the best small cars yet." - WhatCar 5 stars rating!

Whatever lies ahead, the Polo has got you covered. This compact city car features advanced safety features as well as effortless smartphone connectivity and high-quality audio. Choose from a selection of fuel-efficient engines across S, Match, Beats, SEL and R-Line model variations.

A helping hand when you need it most

Taking the stress out of unexpected situations, the new Polo keeps you safer than ever before. If the optional Front Assist detects a possible collision, it lets you know with an acoustic and visual warning and prepares the car for emergency braking. If you don’t react, City Emergency Braking steps in to slow the car down, with the aim of fully avoiding a collision or reducing its impact.

No challenge too big

Bigger and better than ever before, the charismatic new Polo is designed to meet the challenges of the modern world.

Advanced safety features like standard Pedestrian Detection minimise your risk of an accident while the optional Adaptive Cruise Control and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking takes the stress out of long drives.

But it’s not just the advanced safety features that make the new Polo the perfect car for everyday adventures – effortless smartphone connectivity, high-quality audio calls and optional wireless charging make it easy for you to access everything that matters to you.

As connected as you are

Life is about the journey, not the destination. The new Polo’s sophisticated infotainment systems let you make every trip into an adventure. Connect your smartphone to make crystal clear hands-free calls, use the SatNav to discover new places in your local area, or enjoy the latest music with a premium media system.

With a gorgeous 20.3 cm (8 inch) touchscreen with glass display, the Composition Media system is a delight to use – simply touch the screen, just like your phone. Featuring an SD card slot and playback for MP3 and WMA files, the six rich-sounding speakers will be music to your ears.

The Composition Media system includes a Bluetooth phone system for popular mobile phone models and also features a USB connection.

As impressive on the inside as it is on the outside

Delight in the details. Volkswagen’s signature “Tornado line” creates a clear contour that sweeps around the new Polo, arching over the front side panels, gliding along the standard four doors and curving around the rear. It entices your eyes around the vehicle, conveying a dynamic sense of movement that will keep you gazing for hours.

What trim levels are on the VW Polo?

Life

Life specification kicks things off for the Polo and brings that aforementioned central touchscreen as well as the leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Despite being an entry point to the range, Life-grade cars certainly bring a wealth of standard equipment.

Style

Move up to Style and you’ll find the level of equipment bolstered to include Matrix LED headlights, which not only look great, but provide an impressive amount of illumination. They’ve been put to good use across the Volkswagen range, so it’s a real bonus to find them on the latest Polo.

There’s more chrome trim on Style cars, too, as well as a larger touchscreen in the middle.

R-Line

Sporty R-Line cars sit at the top of the Polo range and, as a result, have the most amount of equipment. It gets a full sports styling package, which helps to give the Polo a chunkier, more grown-up look.

Larger 16-inch alloy wheels are included too, alongside LED fog lights.

GTI

The GTi model brings the hot hatch out of this Polo. This trim really takes performance and driving enjoyment to the next level.

Sports seats, bumper and suspension along with 17" 'Parker' Black diamond turned Alloy wheels really make this Polo stand out.

Volkswagen Polo Test Drive Review

Volkswagen Polo has been appealing to those wanting something that’s a step above your run-of-the-mill hatchbacks.

What is it?

For six generations now the Volkswagen Polo has been appealing to those wanting something that’s a step above your run-of-the-mill hatchbacks, with the latest model impressing with its more premium interior and excellent levels of comfort and refinement.But buyers increasingly want more and more from their small cars, leaving Volkswagen to step up its efforts on the latest Polo. But can this mid-life update add to this junior VW’s appeal?What’s new?At face value, the changes made on this new Polo aren’t the most significant but look closer and you’ll spot new LED lights at the front and rear, while the overall design is upgraded to try and make it more coherent with the latest Golf.Inside, the main change is the addition of a standard-fit digital dial screen, something that used to be a pricey optional extra in the past. There’s also new technology like predictive adaptive cruise control and Matrix LED headlights, while the trim level line-up has had a rejig too. ~1 min read erations now the Volkswagen Polo has been appealing to those wanting something that’s a step above your run-of-the-mill hatchbacks, with the latest model impressing with its more premium interior and excellent levels of comfort and refinement.

But buyers increasingly want more and more from their small cars, leaving Volkswagen to step up its efforts on the latest Polo. But can this mid-life update add to this junior VW’s appeal?

What’s new?

At face value, the changes made on this new Polo aren’t the most significant but look closer and you’ll spot new LED lights at the front and rear, while the overall design is upgraded to try and make it more coherent with the latest Golf.

Inside, the main change is the addition of a standard-fit digital dial screen, something that used to be a pricey optional extra in the past. There’s also new technology like predictive adaptive cruise control and Matrix LED headlights, while the trim level line-up has had a rejig too.

What’s under the bonnet?

Aside from the sporty GTI hot hatch, all new Polos have a 1.0-litre petrol engine. A 79bhp entry-level option does without a turbocharger, so you’ll have to upgrade to the 94bhp or 108bhp versions if you want a bit more pace.Our test car uses the 94bhp option and is joined to a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox, though a manual is offered to those wanting to change gear themselves. It can manage the 0-60mph sprint in around 11 seconds, and could keep going to 116mph, where allowed. In terms of running costs, Volkswagen claims 51.2mpg and 125g/km CO2 emissions.

What’s it like to drive?

The Polo has always been a solid steer behind the wheel, and this latest version is as accomplished as ever. The areas where it really stands out are comfort and refinement, where it truly behaves like a far larger car. Even at higher speeds, it remains quiet, while the standard-fit adaptive cruise control makes this ideal on longer motorway runs.While not quite as sporty as others in this segment, the Polo still feels light and nimble on more involving stretches of road, while the 94bhp engine is a great all-rounder – offering all the performance most could ask for. The only slight criticism is that the DSG gearbox can be a bit hesitant, especially at lower speeds.

How does it look?

The overall Polo design hasn’t been changed too much, but subtle updates do help it to feel more modern than its predecessor. With all versions now getting full LED headlights, it has helped to freshen the Polo up, while wider LED rear lights now stretch into the boot lid – and is one of the easiest ways to tell it apart.The overall is slightly more aggressive too, with diagonal air inlets giving the Polo’s front end a more purposeful look. If you want a sportier-looking option, the R-Line and GTIs can provide racier styling.What’s it like inside?Considering the Polo already had one of the best interiors in this class, it’s understandable that only small tweaks have been made. The main change is the addition of digital dials, which get larger and snazzier as you rise through the trim levels. The overall cabin design looks and feels smart too, though some lower quality plastics on the door cards let the side down a bit. By small car standards, the Polo also has quite a practical interior. The boot measures 351 litres, which is only slightly behind the larger Golf, while there’s a decent amount of rear space too. It will certainly appeal as a small family car.

What’s it like inside?

Considering the Polo already had one of the best interiors in this class, it’s understandable that only small tweaks have been made. The main change is the addition of digital dials, which get larger and snazzier as you rise through the trim levels. The overall cabin design looks and feels smart too, though some lower quality plastics on the door cards let the side down a bit.

By small car standards, the Polo also has quite a practical interior. The boot measures 351 litres, which is only slightly behind the larger Golf, while there’s a decent amount of rear space too. It will certainly appeal as a small family car.

What’s the spec like?

The latest Polo’s trim structure includes Life, Style and R-Line.

Our test car is the Life, and it really gets all the features most could want, such as an eight-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, adaptive cruise control, electric folding mirrors and automatic lights and wipers.

Mid-range Style versions bring larger 16-inch alloy wheels, Matrix LED headlights and useful front and rear parking sensors. At the top of the line-up, the R-Line is mainly focused on style, bringing with a sportier bodykit and part-microfibre sports seats.

The updated Polo range kicks off from £18,285, though it will be £20,000 once you’ve chosen the engine you want and your colour. It might seem a lot for a compact car, but considering the Polo’s smart design, quality and equipment, it’s not bad at all.

Verdict

This sixth-generation Polo was a seriously impressive car when it first launched in 2017, and even with relatively mild updates, it continues to be one of the most accomplished superminis on the market.

Though you might pay a slight premium for this Volkswagen over rivals, it’s a terrific all-rounder, and one buyers are unlikely to be disappointed with.

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