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Volkswagen POLO HATCHBACK 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG

Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
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Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG
Volkswagen POLO 1.0 TSI 115 R Line 5dr DSG

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG58.90
  • 0-62mph9.5 secs
  • Top Speed124 mph
  • C02109 g/km
  • BHP115
  • Torque148 lbs/f
  • P11D22%

Review

With 14 million cars sold to date, the Volkswagen Polo model line is one of the most successful in supermini history. This MK6 version is larger than before, better equipped and more personalisable. Features like a digital instrument panel and a whole raft of camera-driven safety kit also borrow much from the class above.

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The Volkswagen Polo has been much improved in MK6 model form. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

Why would you buy a Volkswagen Polo? You wouldn't buy it on price, because there are many rival superminis that cost less. Many of these cars will have more equipment inside them. Some will even be nicer to drive. That much-vaunted Volkswagen build quality is, statistically at least, something that the Japanese and Koreans covered off some time ago. So what's the appeal? It's simple. The Polo is all about understated refinement or, to put it another way, conspicuously not trying too hard to impress. Now this is a very hard trick to carry off. Try too hard and this Volkswagen loses its cool. Don't try hard enough and the car looks like a complacent trinket for posers, which is possibly even less desirable. So with this latest sixth generation Polo, the Wolfsburg brand is looking to land it square in that profitable sweet spot.

Driving Experience

One thing really sets this Polo apart from most of its siupermini competitors when you drive it: a supple absorbant quality of ride. It really is quite impressive given the relatively straightforward torsion beam rear suspension set-up being used here. The oily bits under the bonnet have come in for some attention with this sixth-generation car. Petrol options start with a three-cylinder 1.0-litre MPI unit with 80PS, which sits below two 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI engines with either 95 or 115PS. 7-speed DSG automatic transmission is optional on those TSI petrol models. At the top of the range, there's a 200PS 2.0-litre TSI turbo unit for the GTI variant, which can only be had with a 6-speed DSG auto paddleshift 'box. Should you prefer to go diesel, there's a 95PS four cylinder 1.6-litre TDI engine, with 95PS. Britain doesn't get the 1.0 TGI natural gas engine offered in Europe. More important is the news that this MK6 model is the first Volkswagen supermini to be based on the group's light, stiff, sophisticated MQB Modular Transverse Matrix chassis, the one fitted to the larger Golf hatch since 2013. That's resulted in a stiffer body that should reduce body roll, at the same time as allowing the chassis to be set up in such a way that the Polo's traditionally excellent standards of ride quality can be further improved.

Design and Build

So low key is the Polo's styling that the changes made to this MK6 model may be lost on some customers. Perhaps more obvious though, is this sixth generation design's larger size. It's now only slightly shorter than a MK4 Golf used to be and, thanks to a longer wheelbase than that car, significantly larger inside. To be specific, this MK6 Polo is 81mm longer than its predecessor, making it now over 4m long. It's now also slightly lower in stance and 69mm wider. Volkswagen thinks that the resulting stretched silhouette is 'more masculine', you decide. In profile, the new styling is defined by an arrow-shaped 'tornado' double line, while at the front, there's a smarter grille flanked by headlamps that can be optionally ordered with full-LED beams. Inside, the vertically-orientated dashboard of the previous model has been replaced with horizontal architecture and a higher placement for the new centre-dash infotainment screen; this monitor varies in size between 6.5 and 8-inches, depending on the variant you select. An upper cross-panel flows across the dash into the doors and can be colour-personalised to suit your taste. As an option, buyers can replace the usual dash dials with Volkswagen's 'Active Info Display' TFT virtual screen gauges.

Market and Model

Many potential Polo customers perceive this to be a more expensive supermini than it actually is. Trim levels start at 'S', but most customers start with the next spec level up, 'Match', which gives you 15-inch alloy wheels, front foglights, rear tinted windows and all-round parking sensors. If that's not enough, the next level up is 'beats', then 'SEL' and 'R-Line', culminating with the GTI hot hatch. There's a single five-door hatch body style and prices start from just over £15,000 (or from around £16,500 for the 'Match' models) and rise up to well over £21,500 (for the GTI variant, it's between £22,000 and £23,500). All of this is about par for the small car sector. Volkswagen hopes though, that equipment levels are anything but par for the segment. 'Big car' features now available in this model include full-LED headlights, active damping, a wireless charging mat for smartphones and one of the largest panoramic glass sunroofs in the class. Plus you can add in the brand's 'Active Info Display' to replace the conventional dashboard dials. Infotainment screens vary in size from 6.5 to 8-inches. Camera-driven safety standards take a big step forward. Every model comes equipped with autonomous braking - a combination of the brand's 'Front Assist', City Emergency Braking' and 'Pedestrian Monitoring' systems. Buyers can also add in Blind Spot Monitoring, 'ACC' 'Adaptive Cruise Control' and a 'Rear Traffic Alert' feature that'll warn you of oncoming traffic when you're reversing out of a space. You may well have steered into that space using the optional 'Park Assist' system which now includes a 'manoeuvring function' that'll automatically brake the car if you're about to hit a solid object. No more bollard scrapes then.

Cost of Ownership

All of the Polo engines on offer are decently frugal. Expect the entry-level 1.0-litre 80PS three cylinder petrol engine to return 51.4mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and an NEDC CO2 return of up to 106g/km. For the 95PS turbo TSI engine, the figures are up to 50.4mpg and up to 105g/km, while for the 1.0 TSI 115PS unit, it's 51.4mpg and 107g/km. The 1.6 TDI diesel manages up to 57.6mpg and 97g/km. And for the 2.0 TSI GTI variant, it's up to 39.8mpg and 138g/km. What else? Well, the three year/60,000 mileage warranty isn't anything to write home about in a marketplace where other rivals offer more. But there is a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' servicing regimes, depending on the mileage you expect to cover, the 'Fixed' package appropriate for cars covering under 10,000 miles a year. Residual values will continue to be strong: with the previous generation version, you could expect to get between 44 and 51% of your original purchase price back after three years or 36,000 miles. We don't expect that kind of showing to change much this time round.

Summary

The Volkswagen Polo formula has worked well to date, but competition in the supermini sector has ramped up not by a notch or two but by a great hulking leap thanks to the arrival of cars in this class like all-new versions of the Ford Fiesta, the Citroen C3, the SEAT Ibiza and the Kia Rio. Beating models of that kind isn't as easy for Volkswagen as it used to be. The Polo previously appealed on classy minimalism but most people these days want slick electronics and a greater feeling of design input inside their small cars. Volkswagen has responded and done so with typical thoroughness. Little about the Polo's dynamics or efficiency really represents a best in class showing. But what makes this car so good is that it's there or thereabouts in most categories but doesn't get beaten by anyone when it comes to perceived quality. That's key. That reassuring feeling that your second-largest capital purchase is money well spent ought to guarantee this car's place at the top table.

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Driver Convenience
Front assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitor, city emergency braking and predictive pedestrian protection
Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensors
Car-Net App-Connect
Digital clock
Driver alert system
Lights on warning
Multifunction computer plus
Power assisted speed sensitive steering
Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge
Start/stop system
Volkswagen connect
Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Exterior Features
Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
Halogen clear headlights with range adjustable including automatic headlights on
Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards approx 65% tinted
Solid paint
Black grille with chrome surround
Body colour door handles
Body coloured side sills
Chrome trimmed strip on lower bumper
Electric front windows
Electrically foldable, adjustable and heated door mirrors with reverse activated kerb view adjustment on passenger's side
Front fog lights including static cornering
Front windscreen washers and wipers with 4 speed intermittent delay
Heat insulating tinted glass
Heated rear window with auto timer
High level 3rd brake light
LED darkened rear light clusters
LED daytime running lights
LED rear number plate lights
Left and right chrome effect trapezoid fascia exhaust tailpipe surrounds
Rear diffuser
Rear electric windows
Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay, reverse activated
Unique R Line badging
Interior Features
Manual air conditioning
2 bag hooks in luggage compartment
2 front cupholders and 12 V socket with cover
3 rear head restraints
60/40 split folding rear seat
Ambient lighting in front foorwell, front/rear door and dashboard light strips
Carbon flag cloth upholstery
Centre console storage with open storage compartment
Chrome-plated electric mirror adjustment switch surround
Chrome-plated electric window button surround
Driver and front passenger seat height adjustment
Driver and front passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Dust/pollen filter
Folding rear seat backrest
Front + rear carpet mats
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Front head restraints
Front seat backrest storage pockets
Front sport seats with lumbar adjustment and R line logo on seat backrest
Gear change selection via paddle shift on steering wheel
Gear lever gaiter in black trim surround
Glovebox
Handbrake grip button in chrome effect
Height/reach adjustable steering column
Instrument lighting, adjustable panel illumination
Interior light with delay
Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seats
Jack and tool kit
Leather gear knob and handbrake grip
LED interior lighting - 2 reading lights front and rear with interior delay and dimming function
Luggage compartment cover, removable
Luggage compartment lighting
Luggage compartment with variable load floor
Stainless steel pedals
Storage compartment in front doors
Storage compartment in rear doors
Storage compartment under front seats
Three spoke leather trimmed multifuction steering wheel with aluminium inserts and R Line Logo
Titanium black roof lining and sun visors
Unique R Line door sill protectors
Packs
Composition Media Pack - Polo
Light and sight pack - Polo
R Line styling pack - Polo
Wheels
16" Sebring alloy wheels in galvano grey with anti theft wheel bolts
Steel space saver spare wheel
Safety
3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS
Automatic post collision braking
Driver/front passenger airbag
Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints
ESP with EDL + ASR
Front and rear passenger curtain airbags
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Front seat side impact airbags
Front/rear disc brakes
HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
Hill hold control
Single tone horn
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
Electronic engine immobiliser
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
Technical
Battery regeneration during braking
Galvanished body
Trim
Chrome plated air vent surround
Chrome plated instrument surrounds
Shadow steel decorative inserts
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.203
CO2 (g/km) 108
HC 0.029
Noise Level dB(A) 66
NOx 0.021
Particles 0.0001
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 137
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 999
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 3
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 43.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 46.3
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.0
Badge Power 115
Coin Description TSI 115
Coin Series R Line
Generation Mark 5
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 12E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 96
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 85
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 76
NCAP Safety Assist % 59
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 9.5
Engine Power - BHP 115
Engine Power - KW 85
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 148
Engine Torque - MKG 20.4
Engine Torque - NM 200
Engine Torque - RPM 2000
Top Speed 124
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 195/55 R16
Tyre Size Rear 195/55 R16
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style Sebring
Wheel Type 16" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1461
Length 4053
Wheelbase 2548
Width (including mirrors) 1964
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 40
Gross Vehicle Weight 1690
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1125
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 351
Max. Loading Weight 575
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1100
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 590
Minimum Kerbweight 1115
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.6

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £274.22 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £273.12 p/m £5.44 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £278.96 p/m £5.58 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £293.28 p/m £11.75 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £307.30 p/m £25.10 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £320.90 p/m £25.45 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £333.84 p/m £35.92 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £233.49 p/m £14.08 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £224.72 p/m £8.56 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £230.60 p/m £10.31 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £245.85 p/m £20.03 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £260.11 p/m £27.45 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £272.66 p/m £38.33 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £284.81 p/m £52.60 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £206.08 p/m £14.92 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £210.11 p/m £14.52 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £214.69 p/m £17.29 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £226.00 p/m £23.27 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £236.75 p/m £38.22 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £246.23 p/m £44.36 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £254.19 p/m £56.56 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £329.06 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £327.74 p/m £6.53 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £334.75 p/m £6.69 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £351.94 p/m £14.10 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £368.76 p/m £30.12 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £385.08 p/m £30.54 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £400.61 p/m £43.10 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £280.18 p/m £16.89 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £269.66 p/m £10.28 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £276.73 p/m £12.37 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £295.02 p/m £24.03 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £312.14 p/m £32.94 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £327.20 p/m £46.00 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £341.78 p/m £63.12 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £247.30 p/m £17.91 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £252.14 p/m £17.42 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £257.63 p/m £20.75 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £271.20 p/m £27.93 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £284.09 p/m £45.86 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £295.47 p/m £53.23 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £305.03 p/m £67.87 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
ACC - Adaptive cruise control with front assist, distance monitoring, city emergency brake and speed limiter £620.00
Active Info Display, 10.3" high resolution TFT dash display screen with customised information £345.00
Discover navigation - 8.0" colour touch screen navigation/infotainment systems with Car- net guide and inform £685.00
Driving Mode Selection with four preset modes - Eco, normal, sport or individual modes £120.00
Lane assist with blind spot detection, rear traffic alert and electrically foldable door mirrors £535.00
Park assist steering with front/rear parking sensors £125.00
Rear view camera £260.00
Voice activation for telephone and navigation £200.00
Exterior Features
Electric panoramic sunroof with glass sliding and tilting including integrated roller blind £930.00
Exterior badge deletion FOC
LED dipped and main beam headlights with automatic range adjustment £890.00
Metallic paint £575.00
Pearlescent paint £575.00
Special solid paint £350.00
Interior Features
Climate control - 2 zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation and allergy filter £420.00
Packs
Black roof pack - Polo R Line/ GTI+ £50.00
Smoking pack - Polo £30.00
Winter pack - Polo £300.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Energetic Orange £575.00
Metallic - Limestone grey £575.00
Metallic - Reef blue £575.00
Metallic - Reflex silver £575.00
Metallic - White silver £575.00
Pearl - Deep black £575.00
Solid - Urano grey FOC
Special solid - Flash red £350.00
Special solid - Pure white £350.00
Safety
Front assist with Pre crash preventive occupant protection £140.00
Security
Remote keyless entry using key fob including Start/Stop button on centre console £320.00
Trim
Carbon flag cloth - Titan black/Flint grey FOC
Wheels
17" Bonneville black diamond turned alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts £450.00
* option prices shown are estimated