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VW Polo Review 2014

VW Polo Review 2014

VW Polo Review 2014

VW Polo Review 2014.

Face-Lift Adds High-Tech Options.

Small Car Adds Premium Features.

For – classy, capable, good looking little.
Against – pricey
**** out of 5

Volkswagen has revised its successful Polo small car by adding a range of cleaner engines, some trendy new options including a touch-screen infotainment system, high-tech safety systems, a new electro-mechanical steering, and tided up the styling front and rear.

The latest iteration of the Polo made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and builds on the success of this model, 14 million of which have been sold worldwide since it was introduced in 1975. In 2013 alone, around 721,000 Polos were sold.

VW Polo 2014The Polo now features a range of new EU6-compliant engines offering fuel efficiency improvements of up to 26 per cent over the old ones. Petrol options are two three-cylinder 1.0-litre engines with 59 or 74 hp, two 1.2-litre four-cylinder engines with 89 or 109 hp and a 1.4-litre engine with cylinder deactivation, with power increased by 10 hp to 148 hp. Diesel options are two new three-cylinder 1.4-litre engines, with 74 and 89 hp.

I drove the 1.2 litre SEL 109 hp petrol version, which has a six-speed manual gearbox, and very nice it was too. It drove well, with an impressive gearbox and comfortable ride.

The Polo range has an impressive array of standard features. As well as electronic stability control, all new Polos are equipped with Hill Hold and – a first in this class – an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System which brakes the vehicle after a collision to reduce kinetic energy significantly, thereby minimising the chance or consequences of a second impact. New optional safety features include a Driver Alert System and Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, for £500.

Proximity sensor
The latest generation of Volkswagen’s infotainment system is being introduced across the Polo range. The touch-screen system includes a proximity sensor and a function that reacts to wiping movements by the fingers as used on smart-phones. All U.K. models offer Bluetooth telephone connectivity and USB port, while a navigation system for the 6.5-inch full-colour touch-screen is optional with SE trim for £700.

MirrorLink™ will be offered as an option from SE trim and above for £150. MirrorLink makes it possible to display and control some Android smart phone apps on the infotainment screen. Volkswagen will offer apps which combine navigation information with vehicle data. Other apps include internet radio and news services.

The Polo range starts with the S. As well as a six-speaker audio system with 5.0-inch colour touch-screen, SD card reader, DAB radio and USB and AUX-in connections, the S includes features such as a height-adjustable driver’s seat, cup holders, and stylish ‘gloss black’ interior highlights. The S A/C model adds manual air conditioning.

Multi-function
VW Polo 2014
Moving up to SE trim brings more equipment including alloy wheels, a chrome-trimmed front air intake, body-coloured door handles and electrically adjustable door mirrors. There’s also a leather-trimmed three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, a multi-function trip computer, remote locking and an alarm with interior protection, manual air conditioning, and a Composition Media System with 6.5-inch colour touch screen which adds a glove box mounted CD player and more graphical interfaces. Inside there are chrome highlights throughout the cabin, while five-door models get electric rear windows.

As the name suggests, the new SE Design model adds more style, with exterior features that include 16-inch ‘Portago’ anthracite grey finish alloy wheels, a black gloss radiator grille and door mirror caps, front fog lights, dark-tinted tail lights and rear windows, and LED number-plate illumination. Inside, there is ‘Pyramid’ cloth upholstery with a choice of light-coloured ‘Ceramique’ or darker-coloured ‘Palladium Grey’ panels, and ‘Ceramique’ fabric inserts in the doors. There are dash panels in ‘Dark Rhodium’, front sports seats and aluminium-capped pedals, made more noticeable by the white footwell illumination.

The SEL model builds on the specification of the SE, adding 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, tinted rear-windows, and a front centre armrest with storage compartment. Front and rear parking sensors and cruise control are also standard.

The top of the range Polo at launch is the BlueGT model, which comes with a 1.4-litre 148 hp engine with cylinder deactivation. This has 17-inch alloy wheels and lower sport suspension, while it is distinguished visually by its unique body styling kit, including side skirts and unique bumpers, gloss black radiator grille and door mirror caps. Inside there are sports seats trimmed in ‘BlueSpeed’ cloth with Alcantara bolsters and a black roof lining. An XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling is standard, as is cruise control and a Driver Alert System.

VW Polo 2014

Discover
As well as the already-mentioned Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking and ‘Discover’ navigation system, options for the Polo include automatic lights and wipers, electronic climate control, an electric sliding glass sunroof, electrically folding door mirrors, bi-xenon headlights, and a new rear-view camera.

Two new Polo BlueMotion models will become available towards the end of 2014. In addition to a frugal 1.4-litre 74 hp diesel, Volkswagen will introduce its first petrol-powered BlueMotion, a Polo with a 1.0-litre 94 hp engine. Also joining the range will be a new Polo GTI, offered this time with a choice of either manual or DSG gearbox. Full-LED headlights will also become available across the range.

The SEL 1.2 might seem pricey at £16,375, but it does have a formidable list of equipment which will make you think you are sitting in a premium car until you stop, get out, and take a look.

VW Polo 2014

 VW Polo SEL 1.2
Engine:1.2 litre 4-cylinder petrol
Power:
109 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque:
175 Nm @ 1,500-4,000
Gearbox:
six-speed manual
Drive:
front-wheels
Acceleration:0-62 mph-100 km/h – 10.9 seconds
Top Speed:114 mph-184 km/h
Fuel Consumption:
claimed combined 58.9 mpg-4.8 l/km
CO2:88 g/km
Emissions class:
Euro V
Length:3,972 mm
Width:
1,682
Height:1,1,453
Weight:
1,135 kg
Wheel-base:2,250
Insurance Group:
18E
Warranty:
3 years-60,000 miles
Competition:Toyota Yaris, Nissan Micra, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Clio, Peugeot 208, Citroen C3, Skoda Fabia, SEAT Ibiza, Mazda2, Audi A1, Fiat 500, Nissan Note, Honda Jazz
Rating:****
Price:£16,375
For:classy, capable, good looking little
Against:pricey

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