Volkswagen has officially revealed the all-new Polo. A fully new exterior design makes the car – now as a rule with four doors – appear “sportier and more grown up” according to Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess. From the front three-quarter perspective, it now looks a lot more like the Golf.
The latest Polo is also the first to be based on the brand’s new MQB A0 platform, the effects of which are reflected in the car’s new dimensions. The completely redesigned sixth-generation model has been made bigger than its predecessor in virtually every dimension.
Not only has the length grown by 81 mm to 4,053 mm, but a much larger wheelbase now spans the axles; it has grown by 94 mm to 2,564 mm. This shifts the wheels further towards the front and rear, while also shortening the overhangs. At the same time, the new Polo has gained a total of 69 mm in width and now measures 1,751 mm.
“The much better proportions create the framework for a grown-up, confident appearance of the sixth generation Polo – charismatic, progressive, contemporary and friendly. We have systematically capitalised on this realignment of dimensions to build a compelling compact car,” says Klaus Bischoff, head of design for Volkswagen.
The bigger size also offers more space for driver and passengers, plus increased boot volume, which has gone up from 280 to 351 litres. The interior design team have also given the dashboard a new ‘face’, with the vertically-oriented dashboard layout of the previous model giving way to a horizontal architecture instead.
The new Polo is due to launch before the year is out in many parts of Europe, and will be powered by a number of Euro 6 engines that are being introduced phase by phase.
The range of power output options at the start of sales will extend from 64 bhp to 148 bhp. For the first time, the Polo will also be available with a natural gas engine – the newly developed 1.0 TGI with an output of 89 bhp. In addition, there will be a choice of four petrol and two diesel engines, all equipped as standard with start/stop system and regenerative braking mode. Every engine with a power output of 94 bhp or above can be combined with a dual clutch gearbox.
Top of the range will be the the Polo GTI delivering 197 bhp from a 2.0-litre TSI engine. Visually-speaking, the hot-hatch variant stands out by virtue of such features as a specially designed bumper with integrated spoiler lip and fog lights as standard. Typical GTI insignia at the front include the red stripe on the radiator grille, honeycomb air vent screens and, of course, the GTI badge. At the rear, there’s a large roof spoiler in high-gloss black, a diffuser in the bumper, GTI-specific dual tailpipes, LED tail lights and, again, the GTI badge. On the sides, GTI characteristics include standard 17-inch alloy wheels, side sill extensions and red brake calipers. Interior details, meanwhile, include sport seats with the famous ‘Clark’ tartan pattern, a multifunction leather-trimmed sport steering wheel with red stitching, rooflining and roof pillars in black and a GTI gear shift grip.