A warm welcome! Compact cars become the middle class and city cars become compact cars. A good example for it is our today’s tested car: the new generation of VW Polo. For today’s standars it’s a city car but if we look at its older cousin (Golf IV) it gets interesting. I invite you to the test. In the previous generation city cars were in fact city cars. The looked uniquely. Look at the previous Polo or Fiesta. Narrow, quite high with short hoods Those proportions were dictated by the car’s class.These cars had to fit in each alley in the city. But it changed: the new Polo grew 7 cm in width, 8 cm in lenght and the wheelbase by 9 cm. Now the promised size comparition with the Golf IV which was a benchmark in its class. Many of these cars we can still find on the Polish roads until today. They drive in character of a compact car: not too small for a family and not too big – just perfect. The new Polo is 4,1 cm shorter that Golf but the wheelbase is 5 cm longer (2,56 cm). The car is 1,5 cm larger, so the track width is 3 cm larger. The height is almost the same. Larger bodywork and bigger wheelbase means a more spacious cabin and higher driving comfort. We’ll check it in a moment in the 2-meter man test. Let’s take a look at the trunk first because that’s another evidence that the new Polo grew up. The Golf IV had a 330 liters trunk. The 2018 Polo gives us 21 liters more: 351 liters. We could say it’s not that away from the actual Golf. On the left side we have a pocket we have the possibility to hang the nets on both sides of the trunk.The floor can be set at two different heights. Below the floor there is place for a spare wheel but we have here a repair kit wheel. The floor is solid and we can fix it in a vertical position to operate below it. We can also put il lower to get more space in the trunk. But then next to the seats we get a hump which has to stay because of technical reasons. It disappears when we put the floor at a higher position. I think as for a city car nobody will miss anything here. After folding the seats we almost get a flat floor. There is almost no difference betwenn the floor and the backrests. So we can even transport a modest piece of furniture in this car. Now I invite you to a 2-meter man test.Already the previous Polo generation gave a lot of space for a tall driver, so the more the new Polo. Look in what range I can regulate the steering wheel. Look how far I can move my
seat. For whom is it built? Somebody who is 2,30 m? I set it for myslelf and I’m sitting in an appropriate distance from the steering wheel. My knees still don’t touch the console’s plastics – it’s really good! I can comfortably operate with the pedals, I even have a lot of space under the steering wheel. Above my head I have 3 fingers of free space so it’s very good. The headrest can also be regulated for a taller driver. Even in a city car they didn’t forget to make possible to regulate the safety belt in height. In this version we can regulate the seat height manually. We can also regulate the backrest angle and that’s it in this version. But as a 2-meter man I don’t complain about anything.In the back on side it’s OK because I fit it but on the other side, after saying that the new Polo is so huge and grew up so much, I should have as much space as in the Mercedes S class. But there are no miracles – let’s take a look. Good news: I have enough space above my head to straight up. I don’t need to hunch. I touch the ceiling lining with my head but I don’t need to bend – it’s good! Also my knees passed the test because I…Can sit. But I maximally use this dent in the seat. This dent suits perfectly for a 2-meter man usually it ends a little lower and then is useless: here it’s OK. On the other side there is a sharp border which I touch with my knees and that’s not a comfortable thing. That’s the most uncomfortable thing which I feel maybe beyond the space for my shoes. I poked them in but I can feel some constructional elements, there could be just a little more space. Objectively I have to say: that’s a Polo and I can sit behind myself and I can complain probably only about details.On the back seats we have some pockets behinf the front seats. The pockets in the doors are not too deep. We don’t have any ventilation. We don’t have any 12V or USB output – probably depending on the equipment version. We also don’t have an armrest in this version. Look in how a wide range we can regulate the headrest. We have Isofix fastening. We also have 2 separate LED lights above our heads. The central tunnel will be a bit of a impediment for the person sitting in the middle. It’s not very large but high. If it were not here would be more comfortable. Let’s get back to the look of the car. The new Polo look modernly as for the year 2018. It has LED headlights, many lacquer colours, the R-Line package
panoramic roof light and many other things that make people like this car. By the way, I ofter read in the comments that the VW’s design is too predictable, too conservative. I guess it was, because looking at the new Polo we can’t decline its character. The interior is also very interesting. I will check the plastics, textures, pockets in a while but firstly look at the console – we already saw it somewhere.Of course, in the T-Roc. Although outside the similarities are big there are differences though. In the new Polo we can choose through less colours but much better plastics. It’s worth to take a look at the equipment, because since Polo got into the compact class with one wheel it also got appropriate gadgets. The biggest change is the Active Info Display which we can already buy for 1600 zl. Less, as for a novelty in this segment. At the centre of the console we can see a screen from the Discovery Media system which in the Highline equipment we can buy for 2600 zl. It’s the newest generation, which allows to connect our smartphonest to it and with the Car Net service. At the bottom of the console we can find a shelf where we can charge our phone wirelessly for additional 480 zl.While looking through the safety system we could say that Polo got into the compact class even with both wheels. Already in the standard equipment we’ll get the uphill assistant front assist with the pedestrian recognising system and autonomic braking (well, in fact it is a city car). From the Comfort Line equipment we can get a driver’s tiredness monitoring system. Additionally we can get the active cruise control up to 210 km/h, blind-spot system and adjustable suspension. On the assistants’ list I didn’t find any active or passive lane assist. It seems to be a simple assistant that’s why I am surprised it’s not here. The interior of the new Polo got the same stylistic changes as the bodywork which has been sharpened and got an angular character, I would say.We see those angular forms f.ex in the cup holders, which couldn’t be square but had to have this form. I think this change was necessary for the car to be consisten from the outside and inside but some things remained unchanged. F.ex. buttons on the steering wheel. Changing from other VW models or from the previous Polo we’ll indentify things like that easily. We can find many of those buttons or winders. So a car change for new clients won’t be painful
although many new technologies got into this car which we can find for the first time in this car segment. Let’s talk about the practical side now. Here we have 2 cup holders, a 12V slot below we have another box for some little things. Under the armrest we can find a box that is very deep. It’s also narrow but well finished, we need to mention that. The armrest is maybe not the softest but is also not hard – it’s just OK. We can regulate it in lenght in a wide range but not in height – it does not disturb me because I can easily reach the steering wheel.Well, maybe almost 🙂 If you don’t have long enough arms the lack of the vertical regulation may disturb you. Here we can see another box for wireless charging. As you can see the phone is charging, below we have a little mat which we can take out and clean easily. We have 2 USB slots, one of them is occupied by the modem which we already saw in the recently tested T-Roc and we wondered why exactly such a modem but OK: at least we know that the car is online for test or demo purposes.We can see that the car is online, we can see the traffic situaton. In front of the passenger we find a glove compartment, which maybe is not well finished (plastic inside) but is also not as big either because we have a SD card slot, a CD player and other handles which take space away. Anything we’d like to put in it can’t be too big, otherwise it will hit this edge. On the other side we have many practical stuff inside, like places for some coins so the compartment is very practical although we lack a bit of space inside. We have a lot of space in the door pockets, we’ll fit a big bottle of water without any problems also deeper inside there is much space. What else? The glasses box is also worth mentioning. Even in such a small car they found a place for it.I remember that we missed it once in an Audi Q7. Besides, the car is also very well finished. The equipment is also very big, we can see the Active Info Display huge touchscreen, 2-zone air conditioning and DSG. But take a look how many buttons we still miss so I think you can equip this car even more. The rich equipment also translates into textures. You can see that they are very soft but on the doors they are hard. Hard, hard, hard… The left armrest is may not very hard but also not very luxurious either.Now let’s pull the handle. Well, it’s like in most VW models – concrete. Nothing moves,
nothing makes any sound On the right side is the same, so it’s good. By the way it’s good that we still have a classic emergency brake and we can feel kind of a solidity in this car. We can try to jerk also other places. It looks like an element that can easily give up, in the meanwhile… Silence! Let’s move forward… Silence, here we still have soft material here some piano black or piano grey…As you wish. Anyway – still silence. Silence, here is very soft. Soft… Oh I found something! No, I didn’t… There is nothing that could make any noise. It look likes anything we move in this car it won’t make us complain about anything. I’m just wondering what are people standing outside now thinking about me in this car moving it so hardly? You can see that from the practical side, finishig side, texture choice, equipment in the new Polo there is nothing to complain about. Telling about the new Polo is for me very interesting and pleasant because I was the owner of the previous generation. And I can remember exactly why I bought this Polo. Because it was very spacious inside, I fitted without any problems in it.At the same time very small outside. It was very maneuverable, very easy to park. It was very pleasant to drive it in the city. The car was also very light. The ease and facility of driving it went hand in hand although it didn’t have a strong engine. It had DSG transmission with its disadvantages f.ex. while accerating from stop it lasted a while until the car eventually wanted to go forward.I didn’t notice this problem in the new Polo, so it’s better. Although the engine was weak – 1.4 naturally aspirated the relation of power and the curb weight of this car allowed to drive comfortably not only in the city where we actually don’t need much power but also drive outside the city and to overtake stress-free. It was a combination of characteristics that made this car land in my garage. Now there is an opportunity: I’m standing lightly uphill, push the accelerator and we immediately start driving. The DSG problem has been completely eliminated. We push the accelerator, there is no lag, no break, it doesn’t have to think – we just start to drive. That’s this nice positive change. Besides, I didn’t have occasions to compain about the previous Polo so the first think I checked was the DSG that has been improved and it was crucial for me. The biggest problem has been removed. Besides, that car
suprised me many time since I got it for the test. It gives much more space inside. Forgetting about the fact that the wheelbase is 10 cm bigger, the bodywork is bigger, that it’s not that far from the Golf we just sit inside as a driver, look around and there is almost as much space as in the Golf.I’d be interested if we compared both cars – I don’t think the difference would be big. Secondly, the equipment. I get in and see the Active Info Display, 2-zone air conditioning, well-finished, soft materials, huge touchscreen still with winders all the air conditional panel still traditional with buttons. Beautifil combination. Exactly what we need to easily operate and pleasantly drive this car at the same time having the feeling that we are driving a modern car. A modern attribute is also the engine – 3 cylinders, 115 hp and I still keep saying that it’s not a velocity demon but it still lasts for the city but also for outside the city of course. The automatic transmission helps and accurately drives the engine into high rotations and there, at about 5000 rpm we discover that it is a 3-cylinder engine. Because while driving normally… Does anybody hear 3 cylinders? This car is better soundproofed than the previous generation but also than generally the whole segment of these cars. It’s just quiet inside! The car also became more comfortable than the previous generation and I won’t risk that much by saying that it’s even more comfortable than other cars in the compact class.I just wanted to say one more thing. You can hear the 3-cylinder burr at low rotations. If we hold it at low rotations lightly pushing the accelerator at bigger load we could find out that it is a 3-cylinder engine. They don’t stick out they don’t remind of themselves but you can indentify this characteristic sound. But you need to give attention actively to it. The soundproof makes it so quiet, that if we didn’t know about the engine we would never discover it has 3 cylinders. It’s really well done. To sum up, the new car is bigger, better, better equipped, better finished, more beautiful, modern and so on… but one thing remained the same – the reason why the previous generation landed in my garage.This car is still as maneuverable, as easy to park in the city it gives as much or more space inside as the previous generation. I got in this car, moved the seat back and had to move it forward again because it is probably
projected for somebody 2,10 m tall. More space, more power, more technology, more security, better transmission, it just all works better, we almost can’t here the 3 cylinders: only advantages.Maybe I’m telling so positively about this car because I see it as an old friend which I met after years and is more fit, somehow well-packed better dressed and eloquent. Such a strange comparision, but that’s what it is. I’m just happy driving this car and remember why I bought the previous generation. Because I can find all of this in this car. For a city car Polo offers a wide range of engines. 5 petrol and 2 diesel engines. Actually one diesel: 1.6 TDI 80 hp and 95 hp. The cheapest petrol engine is the naturally aspirated 1.0, 65 hp. Its stronger version has 75 hp but it looks like the more interesting engine are named TSI. They also have 3 cylinders and 1.0 liters with 95 or 115 hp. There is also the GTI version which we’ll be testing soon. The previous GTI version had 1.4, after the facelifting 1.8 liters of capacity and in the new generation it’s a 2.0 TSI with 200 hp.We also have the 4-cylinder 1.5 TSI engine, but is not yet on the price list. It will be available in few months. Today we are testing the 1.0 115 hp with the DSG transmission. The DSG are available only for petrol turbo engines. The maximal torque is 200 Nm at 2000-3500 rpm allows to accelerate this car up to 100 km/h in 9,3 sec and up to 196 km/h. We didn’t test the maximal speed, but you’ll find a link below for the acceleration test up to 100 km/h. VW promises that this performance goes hand in hand with low fuel consumption. 3,9 l on the highway, 5,3 l in the city – average consumption: 4,4 l / 100 km. These are the producer’s forecasts but we did a separate test (link below).I just wanted to say that when this car came from Warsaw to Krakow (tank 40 liters) in Krakow it still had more than half a tank. The equipment is divided into four levels: start, trendline, comfortline and highline. There is a special edition beats and GTI. Start is the poorest equipment but with the lowest price: 44.490 zl. Such a car can hold water in a rental place or as a workhorse but privately you’ll surely want a better version. As a basic version we should acknowledge the Trendline version with 1.0 and 65 hp. It costs about 50.000 zl. The Comfortline is 5.000 zl more expensive, the Highline 10.000 zl. But also here we have a 1.0 TSI 95 hp engine.
Polo Beats, which relies to the Comfortline version costs at least 59.000 zl. The GTI costs at least 90.000 zl. We are testing the Highline version which begins from 70.000 zl but considering the rich equipment (it’s a demo car for reporters) we’ll have to probably spend as much as for the GTI. To sum up, the new Polo is bigger, more beautiful, better equipped, more secure, it has more interesting gadgets inside and drives better.But the general conlusion is: if today you want to buy a comapact car for the city just give it a thought to buy a city car which will be better equipped. You’ll spend most of the time in the city anyway. You can park easier and you won’t miss space inside which shows our test. A few years ago the Golf 4 was smaller than the new Polo and nobody missed space inside and back then people weren’t smaller – well, maybe a bit thinner. Since then cars got much bigger, so buying this car does not have to mean parochialism. The new Polo shows it very well. .