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Volkswagen Polo Review 2015

6 years ago

Good points

  • Efficient and punchy turbo engines
  • Well-appointed cabin feels special
  • Quiet and comfortable to drive

Needs work

  • No three-cylinder motor offered
  • Handling still not as sporty as the Fiesta
  • Reversing camera a pricey option

Volkswagen has applied a number of updated to the Polo, to keep it at the front of the small hatchback pack.

Already an excellent choice among hatchbacks, Volkswagen’s latest updates extend the Polo’s position as the most refined of the European city cars. The changes on the surface are limited – you’d have to be a real trainspotter to pick the freshened fascia and updated light graphics. In fact, the best work on the updated Polo has been done under the bonnet, and in the cabin. Chasing Cars drove the new Polo across Burgundy, in France’s east.

ChasingCars.com.au borrowed this vehicle for our Volkswagen Polo review:

  • 2015 Volkswagen Polo 66TDI Comfortline (top trim), with the 1.4-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder and five-speed manual, in Pepper Grey with black cloth, priced around $22,000 on road.

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Key specs (as tested)

Engine
Capacity
1.2L
Cylinders
4
Induction
Single turbocharger
Power
81kW @ 5600rpm
Torque
175Nm @ 1400–4000rpm
Configuration
Double-clutch
Power to weight ratio
70kW / tonne
Fuel
Fuel type
Petrol
Fuel capacity
45L
Consumption
4.8L / 100km
Average Range
938km
Drivetrain
Transmission
Automatic
Drivetrain
Front wheel drive
Engine configuration
In-line
Gears
7
Dimensions
Length
3972mm
Width
1682mm
Height
1453mm
Unoccupied weight
1151kg
Cargo space seats up
280L
Cargo seats down
952L

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