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New Volkswagen Polo 2014 reviewBack

VWPoloAlthough the new 2014 VW Polo’s latest facelift may be subtle from the outset, there’s plenty under the bonnet to attract new buyers.

As a forward thinking car maker, Volkswagen is up amongst the best, so we were surprised to discover that the exterior of the Polo remains very similar to its predecessor. But, if you’re on to a good thing, why change it?

With the Polo being VW’s second-best selling car in its range, we can only imagine that the company are somewhat cautious about making any major changes to what is essentially a very successful vehicle.

For those with an eagle eye, some of the more subtle changes to the VW Polo’s exterior include LED headlights, new bumpers and an extra 2mm in overall length. Step inside the cabin and, again, you’ll be hard pushed to notice any changes other than the main dials now sited in ‘3-D tubes’ and the centre console reworked to look like the latest Volkswagen Golf.

VWPolo3Take a look under the bonnet and VW’s engineers have been working hard to come up with a new range of engines more economical and less polluting than the older ones. The 1.4-litre petrol engine has been replaced with a new three-cylinder 1.0 litre offering 59bhp and two 1.2 litre engines offering 89bhp and 109bhp, with the 1.0-litre expected to be the most popular. A 74bhp 1.4 diesel engine is also available as well as the more expensive BlueGT warm hatch model with a 148bhp 1.4-litre engine.

To drive, both of the petrol engines are competent and refined. The 1.2-litre offers better performance whilst the 1.0-litre happily chuggs along at a sensible pace. However, choose the 1.4-litre turbodiesel and you’re in for a noisier ride despite its attractive credentials of 83.1mpg and 88g/km CO2 emissions.

All new Polos have an Automatic Post-Collision Braking system to help lessen the effects of an accident, and for an extra £500 you can opt for Adaptive Cruise Control and Front Assist City and Emergency Braking – an option which has yet to be offered on superminis before and enables the Polo to maintain a safe distance from the car in front, or gives it the ability to perform an emergency stop to avoid a collision whilst travelling at speeds of up to 19mph.

VWPolo2Some of the new equipment on offer includes a brand new infotainment system that works with your smartphone. You can swipe your finger across it to select functions such as the stereo and mobile phone use, and for an additional £700 it will operate an optional satellite navigation system too. You can even benefit from a new MirrorLink system making it easier for your phone to pair with the car costing £150 or available with the SE trim and above.

Would we buy one? We’d probably stick to the Ford Fiesta for now. Despite the Polo’s comprehensive update under the bonnet, it still has a way to go when it comes to overall style, looks and the all-important fun factor.


Posted by Leana Kell on 05/05/2014