The brand’s now omnipresent supermini, which in its previous five iterations has sold more than 14 million examples worldwide, is from today being offered in five-door only form and, in time, in seven generously specified trim levels.
The main focus of the new sixth generation Polo is a major increase in cabin and luggage space within larger external dimensions alongside the debut of new engines, sharper design, new ‘big car’ assistance systems, the application of a new generation of infotainment systems and the global debut of the second generation of Volkswagen’s Active Info Display.
The developments in Polo – which has found a home with more than 1.4 million drivers in the UK over the last 42 years – also reflect a new level for assistance systems in the supermini segment.
Technologies such as City Emergency Braking with new Pedestrian Monitoring function, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Blind Spot Detection significantly improve safety.
The new Polo, which utilises Volkswagen Group’s MQB AO architecture, also showcases a charismatic design with more expressive features. The use of the MQB AO underpinnings offers the ability to create significantly more dynamic proportions with a long wheelbase, short body overhangs and a sporty ratio of its key dimensions. The new car is longer, wider, has a lower overall height but improved headroom versus its predecessor.
The exterior design has been made more powerful, charismatic and expressive, while the new Polo’s interior has been fundamentally renewed. Indeed this is a supermini interior without precedent as new Polo has been fully developed for the digital era. It is, for instance, the first car in its class to offer entirely digital instruments – showcasing a whole new generaton of Volkswagen’s Active Info Display as an option.
The instruments are arranged on the same viewing axis as the infotainment system, too, with new glass-encased eight-inch touchscreen units standard across the entire Polo range.
Entry-level S trim confirmed at £13,855 RRP OTR