Now this believe it or not is a new version the VW Polo don’t feel too bad if you can’t tell the differences from out here though most of them are tucked away inside or out of site some of the most important changes are to the Polo’s engine line-up, Volkswagen has now brought in a host of small efficient petrol engines and two of these are the one-litre versions that you get in the even smaller Volkswagen Up city car. As you’d expect these engines are only really best if you’re going to be spending most your time driving around town. They do get up to speed on the motorway and are quite happy once they’ve got there but getting that does take quite a bit at a time and effort so if you wanna go a higher-speed a little bit more often then you better off with the engine that’s in this car and that is the 1.2 petrol engine.Now this is the eighty-nine brake horsepower version it’s a bit of a strange one; there’s nothing wrong with the engine per se, it’s just that Volkswagen’s gonna replace it before too long with a turbocharged one-litre petrol in the meantime, this engine is smooth, it’s efficient and it’s quite happy to overtake with more than one person on-board now it’s fair to say that the Polo has never really, in any of its versions being that dynamic a car to drive. Now Volkswagen has looked to address that with this car and they’ve lowered the suspension by a few millimeters and it’s does actually help a bit; it’s made it a little bit more composed going around corners. Unfortunately, when you lower suspension, it can have an adverse effect on the right and that is what’s happened here.It’s just that little bit more jittery than it was before. In any case the steering is still a little bit vague to be honest, a bit numb, so never gonna be that much of a sharp, responsive, hot-hatch. But one thing that is absolutely brilliant for a small car, because you don’t normally get much in the way of sound deadening in cars like this, is the noise on the move, there’s just barely any of it. There’s not much the way road noise, wind noise and it’s just really relaxed in here. Now if there’s one thing that will really sell the Polo to people that is this cabin. It just feels so much more grown-up and posh then all of its rivals and that is thanks mainly to all these really lovely feeling materials around here, they just feel so soft and so much better than the ones you get in the likes of the Fiesta but even better
than that, is this touchscreen.Now on the basic version you get a you more simple five-inch screen and that’s a little bit slower to respond, a bit fiddly when it comes to pressing some of the smaller buttons but from SE trim in and above, you get this six-and-a-half inch screen, which is just so much better than anything else that Ford Vauxhall and the like have produced so far.It is responsive, it’s quick, it’s the latest version that VW have put any their cars and it’s absolutely brilliant. It’s also really easy to get comfy in the cabin every single Polo, even the cheapest one, has a steering wheel that goes up and down, and in and out, and it also has a driver’s seat that goes up and down as well, so know matter how tall or short you are, you should be able to find a decent driving position. It’s also very easy to see out to this car; there’s good visibility all-round and the car’s boxy shape actually works in its favour here.There’s no funny sticking out bits that you can’t see out over all round, so you should be able to park it very easy as well. And while the front of the car is good in terms of space, the back is not quite so good, I mean it’s all right. As a fully grown adult, I’ve got an okay amount of head room but when it comes to leg room it’s average at best and just not as much as you get in equivalent rival cars. If you’ve got slightly smaller passengers though, you’ll be absolutely fine this door opens wide enough that it is perfectly easy to get in and out without any trouble.And the boot like the back of the cabin, is only really average at best. That’s not the biggest in the class in terms of size but it is a nice even shape, there’s nothing really particularly clever about it though. You do get, only on SE models and above however, this adjustable floor, which hides away a decent under floor storage area. Folding the seats isn’t the simplest procedure either, actually that’s not strictly true, you can just can just drop them in one, quick movement, but if you do, you don’t get a totally flat loading bay. If you want that then first of all you’ve got to flip the seat-bases up and then… drop the back part, so it’s not really a one handed manoeuvre. Now the Polo is actually cheaper, pound for pound, than direct rivals like say, the Fiesta.And on paper it’s maybe not quite as cheap to run but on our real world fuel economy test, the Polo performed better
than many of its other rivals. Click here for more information on that. Now entry-level models do come with a fair bit of kit; you get DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and a USB connection but personally we would step up to the SE trim, and that brings things like air-conditioning, fifteen-inch alloy wheels, that adjustable boot floor and that larger touchscreen. If you go for SE Design, then the additions are, as the name implies, a bit more cosmetic. You get things like front sport seats and bigger alloy wheels again. SEL however is where the toys really start come in. You get things like parking sensors, cruise control and a front armrest.The Polo came about halfway down in our latest JD Power customer satisfaction survey but Volkswagen as a brand did pretty well with quality models right spot the top. Click here for more information on that. In the latest Euro NCAP crash tests the Polo did particularly well it earned the full five-stars and a load of praise for its protection of adults and child passengers alike. Now there are two main issues with the Polo: it’s not exactly riotous fun to drive and it’s not the most practical car when it comes to the back seats and the boot but for most people on a day-to-day basis that really want and for that matter shouldn’t be a problem. In so many other ways it is a fantastic little car. It has got a cabin that blows the opposition absolutely out the water, it’s quite affordable to buy and to run and it will hold on to its value really well so it’ll be worth a decent amount when you come sell it in a few years time.It is one of the absolute best small cars out there. So while you’re here, you want to check-out the rest of our videos, including that one of the Fiesta, so click here to do that, and before you go, please do subscribe to keep up to date with all our latest videos so click here to do that .