Volkswagen not only creates amazing cars but even name them amazingly. Well, Volkswagen has named a few of its vehicles after the sports. Like we already know about the Golf, a family-loving, and exclusive hot-hatch. But there is another that is less related to Golf but closely related to SEAT Ibiza. Well, we are talking about the Polo, that was introduced back in 1975 and now it has reached its 6th generation.
Well, the first generation to come out was a rebadged version of the Audi 50. While it was much like an entry-level hatchback, sitting lower to the Audi 50. The interior appointment and the exterior designing was made simple to attract the buyers looking for cheap cars. Further, this generation was limited to the European market. The second generation received some notable changes, making it look like the rest of the Volkswagen hatchback family. And it was the first time it entered the British market.
The third generation was even more different, and this time the Polo stepped into Australasian markets. Its subsequent success made it step into Latin America where it successfully defeated some of its common rivals.
Then was the fourth and then the fifth generation, both launched with improved design and driving mechanism. While the fifth one just ended up in 2018. The ongoing generation in the sixth, which has been launched in the same year, available in 6 trim levels. Further, the $20,505 is the entry-level price for this car, which further extends to $30,180 for the finest trim level.
|1.0 – 2.0 L||5 and 6 – speed manual
7 – speed automatic
|65 – 200 hp||60 – 190 lb – ft|
|0 – 62 MPH||Top Speed||Body Style||MPG|
|22 city/ 28 highway|
The Polo serves as an opening level edition in some markets. The 3-cylinder engine is the common beast found on every other Polo in the market. Certainly, the Polo is famous for this small caliber engine, especially in the South Asian part.
The 1.0 L naturally aspirated machine sits in the beginning. There are 5 variants available for this caliber, with two of them with gasoline while the rest of the three with CNG. Further, the opening variant gets 65 hp of power, with the top-notch gasoline with 75 hp. While the CNG models have 89, 95 and 115 horses. And all of these come standard with the 5-speed manual transmission.
The performance edition begins with the 1.5 L 4-cylinder engine, producing 150 hp of power. While this package comes mated with the 6-speed manual transmission. Further, the 2.0 L 4-pack engine sits on top of it, offering 200 horses. And this is what you will find in the finest trim levels. Ahead of that, it comes with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
The only diesel variant comes with a 1.6 L 4-pack engine, and two tuning levels. The base model gets 80 horses while the upper trim has 95. Additionally, they get a 6-speed manual transmission, with the automatic optionally available in some markets.
Well, the handling is pretty smooth. Though not much compared to the Golf. But it is good enough to make some quite turns and keep the car steady on the highway.
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The Polo resembles Golf. Even some of the designing structures are similar in both cars. But the Polo is almost 7-inches shorter than Golf. Ahead of that, the cosmetic collections are even similar to the Golf. Well, the Polo is certainly the base level ingredient available for the family drivers. Further, the standard cosmetics include steel wheel, halogen lamps and everything else that you could find on an entry-level hatchback. While the upper trim levels receive alloy wheels and spoiler. Ahead of that the GTI models share some sporty structure such as the bigger wheels.
The comfort level is good for 4 passengers including a driver. The fabric seats come standard. While the leather upholstery interior is available on the top and sporty editions. Additionally, there are sufficient convenient spots available in this car. And for the cargo, you get enough space that you can easily carry the monthly groceries. Well, the interior is enough comfortable, that you won’t feel fatigued on the highways and long journeys.
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The standard editions normally come with an audio system with radio. While the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes optional, which is normally available as standard in the European markets. Well, this system is powered by the Car-Net app. Additionally, it includes multimedia options, telephony, smartphone connectivity, and navigation. Ahead of that, the Polo gets a colored driver’s cluster display with configurable options. And for the entertainment, the Polo features a 6-speaker audio system, good enough to make your car rock.
The Polo has enough safety features to make your every journey safe. There is an ample amount of passive safety features installed, including airbags, belts, and the child seat tether latches. While the active safety column is filled with electronic stability control, forward collision warning system, and anti-lock braking system. Further, the driver dynamic features include fatigue detection, hill climb assistant, pedestrian monitoring, speed limiter, and a few more features. Ahead of that, Volkswagen also cares about the protection of your car. That is why Polo gets an Alarm system, keyless entry, and the anti-theft wheel bolts.
As per some British sources, the Suzuki Swift is yet another option that you may consider besides Polo. It is powerful, stylish and comfortable. Alongside, it offers a good family package for the small families.
But still, Polo is indeed a fine car if you need an entry-level hatchback edition. The cheaper maintenance cost and the lower fuel expenses would never bother your wallet much.