When the Dutch bestseller is renewed, we have to drive it. This is the new Volkswagen Polo. The Polo has 6 generations. That’s a long time. Over 14 million were sold. The new Polo has grown up in a number of areas. First, the size. It’s 8 cm longer than the previous generation. It’s over 4 meters long now. It has a 9 cm longer wheelbase, which means there’s more room inside; in the front and in the back. Especially the rear seats have more leg room and you can sit down there more easily. There’s more trunk space as well. It has 75 liters extra; 355 liters in total. The new Volkswagen Polo has grown up in features too because it’s built on the MQB platform.We know this platform from the Volkswagen Golf, Passat, etc. Bigger and more luxurious cars. Because they used this platform for the Polo, they could use the technology of the bigger cars. You can get pre-collision safety things. It’ll close the windows in the event of an accident and the brakes will be at the ready. There’s also after-collision braking. After a collision or accident, it makes sure to stop as quickly as possible. You won’t roll into oncoming traffic. Things like that.This is smart technology you wouldn’t expect to see in a car like this. The Polo is a small car. You don’t expect adaptive cruise control in here, but everything’s available on this Volkswagen Polo. What makes this car unique in its segment is the Active Info Display. This means you can display the satnav in your dashboard and you can change views. It’s fully digital. This option costs 361 euros if I’m not mistaken. It’s really cool for this class. We get to choose from 3 different engines. Of course there are gasoline engines. These start with a 1.0 MPI with 64 hp and go up to the 148 hp 1.0 TSI. Sorry, a 1.5 TSI. That one will be available with cylinder deactivation. There will also be a 2.0 GTI. That’s remarkable, because the previous one was a 1.8. Volkswagen isn’t downsizing but upsizing. I think 200 hp in this car is great. There’s one natural gas engine and a diesel engine. That one has only one variety, with 94 hp. All engines with 94 hp and up are available with a DSG automatic transmission.Because the Polo has grown up, I wonder if I’d still choose a Golf. It handles fine. It’s comfortable and you can hoon if you want to. It’s good. Mature enough. It doesn’t feel like a small car. If I had a lease budget and got to choose between a base model Golf or a Polo
with a stronger engine and maybe a Beats package, I would know. I think the interior is cool. It’s not frugal or barren. I get it. This car has more features because of the Beats package. It looks really good. I don’t know if I’d choose red accents, but it’s a good car. I wonder if I’d choose a Golf. I don’t think so. I think I’d drive a Polo with some options.I hear you think I should complain about the Polo as well. Of course I can. I think the design is rather boring. It’s not very exciting. That’s Volkswagen’s strategy. I get it, but I think it’s a shame. I don’t like the headlights of the car we’re driving. When you choose the halogen headlights, the standard choice for this car, the unit has a different shape. It doesn’t have the weird squiggle. It’s straighter and I think it looks better than this one.That is my complaint, along with the boring design. That’s not true for the interior, because I think it’s cool. The new Polo starts at 15,550 euros. We’re driving the Beats edition. The price for this one isn’t available yet. It’s a Comfort Line with stickers, the sound system, and a sexier interior. When ordering the 113 hp engine in the Comfort Line, you’ll have to pay a little over 20,000 euros. I want to point out a fun option besides the Active Info Display I told you about. That’d be the XDS differential lock. That’s an electronically controlled differential lock. It distributes the power over the wheels using the brakes, just like a differential lock tries to do. That makes for sportier acceleration out of a corner. That’s fun. Do you have to choose a Polo over a Golf? That may be a bit extreme, but I think a Polo is plenty. Subtitles – Maru’s Text Support .