Volkswagen has pulled the covers off the sixth-generation Polo, hoping to continue the success of what has been one of the most successful superminis ever.
The new car is larger than any of its predecessors. It’s 4,053mm in length, with 94mm having been added to the wheelbase to increase ride quality and allow more room for the driver and passengers.
Boot space has also been increased by 25 per cent to 351 litres. Meanwhile, the Polo has taken some of the Golf’s advanced pieces of technology, such as front assist collision prevention, blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control and LED headlights. The car also features the second-generation adaptive info display digital instrument system.
Exterior aesthetics have undergone a dramatic change, with the sleek, smooth look of the previous model being somewhat abandoned in favour of a bulkier, brutish design.
Volkswagen boasts that the new Polo has a vast array of personalisation options. It will have a selection of trim levels, consisting of Trendline, Comfortline, Highline, GTI and Beats, as well as a choice of lifestyle packages. Customers will also be able to choose from 14 colours for the body and 13 for the dashpad.
The sixth-generation Polo has a wide variety of powertrains, with some new additions. There are four different 1.0-litre petrol engines, with power outputs ranging from 64bhp to 113bhp. There’s also a 1.5-litre with 148bhp and a 2.0-litre with 197bhp.
In addition, there are two 1.6-litre diesel engines to choose from, one of which produces 79bhp, while the other puts out 93bhp. Perhaps the most interesting option is the 1.0-litre TGI powertrain, which is fuelled by natural gas and has an output of 89bhp.
All of these engines are available with a manual gearbox, either five-speed or six-speed depending on power output, while the more potent ones can also be bought with a seven-speed DSG instead.
The new Polo will go on sale later this year, starting at €12,975 (circa £11,400) in Germany. It is currently unclear how much the car will cost in the UK and when exactly it will be available for purchase.
By Tristan Shale-Hester