Polo 2005-2009

The latest Polo was relaunched in Summer 2005, coinciding with its 30th anniversary.  With a new look – in particular at the front – along with new engines and revised specifications, Volkswagen’s high-quality supermini once again established itself as an appealing proposition.

The Polo builds on the model’s renowned virtues of quality, engineering, practicality, ergonomics, plus highly competitive whole life costs.  To this it adds a fresh design, and improved specification.

A range of efficient engines is available in the Polo.  Four petrol and two diesel units are offered, ranging in power from 60 to 150 PS.

The new Polo is one of the safest superminis, with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist), plus driver and front passenger airbags as standard on every model, and side airbags (on all apart from the E 1.2-litre 60 PS).  A curtain airbag system and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) are low cost options.  More than this, the Polo has high levels of torsional rigidity, leading to not only improved crash performance, but also impressive refinement and driving dynamics.

Enhancing the feeling of safety in the Polo is the car’s size.  The latest model is 19 mm longer than before at 3,916 mm, which is longer than even a Golf Mk I.  Though large enough to be considered as a family car rather than a traditional supermini ‘run-around’, the Polo is not as big as the latest Golf.

The Polo has an advanced electro-mechanical power assisted steering system which adapts steering assistance to suit the speed and weight of the vehicle.  It also saves fuel compared with a conventional power steering system, as it only requires power when the wheel is turned.

Three standard specification levels are available – E, Match and SE – as both three- and five-door hatchbacks.  The most popular model in the range is the Match, which combines popular engine choices with an attractive specification to create an excellent value for money package.  An automatic model is also offered.

The Polo GTI model joined the line-up in Spring 2006 and comes with a 1.8-litre 150 PS engine and styling cues taken from the Golf GTI.

A highly efficient BlueMotion model, which has a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 74.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of 99 g/km, is also available.

The latest Polo went on sale in the UK on 10 June 2005 and is one of the UK ’s most popular superminis, as well as Volkswagen’s second best-selling model behind the Golf.  In 2008, Volkswagen sold 35,710 Polos in the UK .

Summary

  • International debut at Leipzig Show in April 2005; on sale in UK 10 June 2005
  • Latest generation of Volkswagen’s supermini. First launched in the UK in 1975
  • Slightly larger than previous generation. Length increased by 19 mm to 3,916 mm; height by 2 mm to 1,467 mm; and wheelbase by 6 mm to 2,466 mm. Width is unchanged at 1,650 mm
  • Four petrol and two diesel units – all Euro 4 compliant. Petrol line-up features: 1.2-litre three-cylinder 60 and 70 PS; 1.4-litre 80 PS; and the Polo GTI is available with a 1.8-litre 150 PS engine. Diesel units comprise the 1.4-litre TDI 70 PS and 1.4-litre TDI 80 PS
  • Comprehensive safety features include ABS with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) and driver and front passenger front and side airbags (side not on E 1.2-litre 60 PS). ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), side airbags and a curtain airbag system are optional
  • Offered in three trim levels: E, Match and SE. GTI and BlueMotion models also available
  • Though the Polo has undergone substantial changes over time, the values that have made the car a success for over 30 years – quality, safety, solidity, style and value for money – remain the foundations on which any developments are based

DESIGN

Exterior design
The latest Polo is quite clearly related to the previous model, and yet was given a striking new appearance.  Its most prominent styling feature is its new ‘face’, with a bold ‘V’-shaped grille which extends into the bonnet and up to the base of the A-pillars, giving Volkswagen’s supermini an even more upmarket, mature character.

Trapezoid headlights with circular elements follow the look of those already seen on the Passat and Eos.  The circular part that extends into the front bumper neatly contains the indicators, while the repeaters have now been relocated into the door mirror housings for enhanced visibility and a higher quality appearance.

The rear of the Polo was also revised.  Here, the window’s base now has a gentle ‘V’ shape, echoing the design element at the front of the car.  The tail lights, too, have been redesigned, with more pronounced circular elements.  The steeply-raked rear end is distinctive, yet functional, with a wide boot opening, while short body overhangs communicate space and stability.

From the side, the three- and five-door versions are clearly distinguished.  The three-door has two windows, emphasised by a rising trim strip to look sporty and more like a coupé; the five-door features a small third rear window in the C pillar, making it appear longer and larger than the three-door version.

Interior design
High quality interiors have for some time been synonymous with the name Volkswagen.  So much so, that it’s perhaps easy to take for granted the high quality plastics and trim, simple but classic styling, ergonomic excellence and attention to detail found in the Polo and its siblings.

The Polo features high quality fabrics and neat, easy-to-read instrument graphics.  A handy compartment on top of the dashboard is designed to hold items which are typically easy to lose, such as parking tickets or toll cards.  New radio/CD systems are also featured.

The Polo is notable for its interior size.  In all comfort dimensions, Volkswagen’s supermini is among the most spacious in its class.

Both front seats adjust for tilt and reach and for height (Match models and above), with Volkswagen’s familiar and easy-to-use ‘pump action’ handle.  All models have a rake and reach adjustable steering wheel and seatbelt height adjustment.  The tailgate opens to 2,066 mm high, allowing unobstructed boot loading, while the bootspace is highly competitive at 270 litres (1,030 litres with the rear seats folded).  In addition, the luggage area is of a very practical shape, with rear wheel arch intrusion minimised and four load lashing points boosting convenience and safety.

In the cabin, a plethora of cubby holes can be found, and on SE models and above, a drawer under the driver and passenger seats allows items to be concealed from view.  Live with the Polo for a while and you’ll soon discover there’s a place to put everything, from a map to a phone, to loose change. 

Housed in chromed surrounds, the speedometer and tachometer are easy to read.  At night, the Polo displays blue subsurface dial illumination, which contrasts with red lighting for the needles.  The centre console is also designed to be stylish and functional, with the most frequently used controls – those for the stereo – at the top.  Underneath are the temperature dials for a variety of heating and ventilation systems.

It would be impossible to list here all the features which make the Polo’s interior a nice place to be.  Suffice it to say, everything has been planned with the occupants’ comfort, convenience and safety in front of mind.

Underbody design
Though not the most exciting area of a car and indeed rarely seen, it would be a mistake not to mention the Polo’s plastic underbody trim.  Not only has Volkswagen cut the amount of PVC used here, but at the end of the car’s life, this can be fully recycled – a real consideration with new end of life legislation.  What’s more, this trim has been designed to produce a spoiler effect, reducing aerodynamic lift over the rear wheels at speed.

Quality production
All of the Polo’s panels are fully galvanised.  This means they are treated with zinc phosphate coating, cathodic dip coating, an application of water-based filler coat, followed by the water-based paint coat and two-pack clear varnish.  All hinges and fastenings are also galvanised, giving protection to areas typically vulnerable to corrosion, such as flanged joints, screw connections and cavities.  Epoxy resin is further used in bonding to enhance corrosion protection, and cavities are flooded with solvent-free hot wax.

Galvanisation not only gives the Polo a 12 year body protection warranty, but also means the body is able to withstand greater forces and provides occupants with superior protection in the event of a crash.  High levels of torsional rigidity (stiffness) also improve refinement and handling.  This benefit permits class-leading narrow panel fit and eliminates body creaking noises over uneven surfaces. 

Some 68 per cent of the Polo’s superstructure is made of high strength steel.  For example, the B-pillar bearing body element consists of a complex-phase steel with a yield point of CPW 800 – that’s five times greater than the equivalent value for normal bodywork steels.

High quality production techniques also enhance the Polo’s appearance.  All the important bodywork seams on the Polo are laser-welded, but because the panels are galvanised, a high degree of technical expertise is required.  By mastering laser-brazing technology, it has been possible to join the roof seamlessly with the two large side panels, eliminating the need for a roof trim strip or gutter.  This makes the Polo stronger and more rigid, enhancing safety and driveability.

No other manufacturer has had a stronger influence on ‘panel gap width’ than Volkswagen.  The classic ‘door slamming’ test, which has become a trademark of the manufacturer, is only possible thanks to the highest quality, precision engineering found in Volkswagen’s factories.

ENGINES

The Polo hatchback is available with a choice of six engines – four petrol and two diesel.  The petrol options are: a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, 6-valve 60 PS unit; a 1.2-litre three-cylinder 12-valve 70 PS; a 1.4-litre 80 PS; while the Polo GTI features a turbocharged 1.8-litre 150 PS unit.

The diesel engines available in the Polo are a 1.4-litre TDI 70 PS and 1.4-litre TDI 80 PS three-cylinder.

All the engines in the Polo are transversely installed, and pendulum mounted from two upper supports.  Due to a sophisticated insulation system, consisting of hydraulic engine mounting and rubber mountings at the gearbox end, the Polo is designed to be refined and free from vibrations, especially at lower engine speeds. 

Petrol engines
1.2-litre, 1198 cc, 6- or 12-valve 3-cyl, 60 and 70 PS

With a balancer shaft to ensure these three-cylinder engines have the same refinement as an equivalent four-cylinder, Volkswagen has redefined the three-pot unit.  Any vibrations have been markedly reduced in comparison with other similar power plants, resulting in one simple advantage: a three-cylinder engine is smaller and lighter than an equivalent four-cylinder one and is more fuel efficient for the same performance.

A highlight of these engines is the cross-flow cooling, whereby the coolant flows through up to two thirds of the cylinder head, from the inlet to the exhaust side, with a particularly high flow rate in the vicinity of the combustion chambers and has the following advantages:

  • minimal heating of inlet air
  • reduced knock tendency through cooler combustion chamber walls
  • same temperature levels in all cylinders
  • low flow resistance reduces power consumption of the water pump
  • faster warming and higher temperature level of the cylinder liners leads to reduced friction in the piston group

In the 70 PS unit, multivalve technology results in torque of 83 lbs ft at just 3,000 rpm.  Impressive combined economy of more than 48 mpg is also a result of Volkswagen’s technology.

1.4-litre, 1390 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 80 PS
This engine develops 97 lbs of torque at 3,800 rpm, and has an outstanding fuel consumption figure of 44.8 mpg on the combined fuel cycle in the standard Polo.

1.8-litre, 1781 cc, 20-valve 4-cyl, 150 PS
The Polo GTI is equipped with Volkswagen’s proven 1.8-litre 20 valve turbocharged engine.  Here, it develops 150 PS and 162 lbs ft of torque, making for the most powerful production Polo ever.  The GTI accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 8.2 seconds, and goes on to a top speed of 134 mph.

Diesel engines

1.4-litre, 1422 cc, 6-valve 3-cyl, 70 PS TDI
Combining exceptional economy, refinement and performance, this version of Volkswagen’s acclaimed three-cylinder turbocharged direct injection engine uses ‘Pumpe Düse’ or unit injector technology.  Maximum torque of 114 lbs ft at 1,600 rpm, combined with impressive fuel economy make this a great choice for the cost conscious motorist who doesn’t want to sacrifice driveability.

1.4-litre, 1422 cc, 6-valve 3-cyl, 80 PS TDI
This version of the three-cylinder diesel engine has 10 PS more power than the entry-level diesel, and 30 lbs ft more torque.  With 144 lbs ft from 1,800 to 2,200 rpm, this power unit delivers good performance with typically frugal diesel economy. 

Gearboxes

Five-speed manual
Five-speed Polos drive through a manual gearbox called MQ200, except for the 1.4-litre and 1.9-litre 100 PS TDIs which are coupled with a five-speed manual known as MQ250.  This ’box is better suited to their high torque outputs (maximum rated torque capacity of 250 as opposed to 200 Newton metres).

All manual gearboxes are characterised by precise shift points, light and easy action, quiet running and long life.  From a design point of view, they are compact and lightweight, bringing clear advantages.

Six-speed automatic
The 1.4-litre 80 PS petrol engine is available with a six-speed auto gearbox.  Unlike many automatics, the Polo’s gearbox does not have rigid ‘sport’ or ‘economy’ modes.  Instead the gearshift point ‘floats’ according to fuzzy logic to give the optimum fuel economy or performance depending on what the driver or driving situation demands.

Servicing
Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their Polo.  They can choose Time and Distance or LongLife Servicing and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its general use. 

Time and Distance Servicing is recommended for vehic les that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in the following way:

  • Predominantly city centre driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts
  • Activities regularly producing high engine loading, for example frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing
  • Driving with high rpm, hard acceleration and heavy braking

In this case, the vehicle will be serviced at regular intervals, at every 10,000 mi les or every 12 months. 

LongLife Servicing is recommended for vehic les with a daily mileage of more than 25 mi les, where the vehicle is driven regularly and on mainly longer distance journeys.  The vehicle should be mainly driven at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner.  In this case, the on-board computer informs the driver via a dashboard display, when the vehicle needs a service.  A range of engine sensors electronically monitors the vehicle’s oil temperature, oil pressure, oil level and brake pad wear to establish when a service is needed. 

With the LongLife system, the vehicle can cover typically between 10,000 and 18,000 miles (approx) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes.  An inspection service is typically due in the third year of ownership or at 40,000 miles and thereafter every second year for vehicles with an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles.

Customers can choose between Time and Distance or LongLife Servicing at PDI (pre-delivery inspection) and though it is possible to change from one to another during the vehicle’s life, it can only be done when a full inspection service is due.

RUNNING GEAR

The Polo features a strut front axle with lower wishbones, and a torsion beam trailing arm rear axle.

Front axle
At the front, the Polo has a subframe consisting of a steel cross member fabricated from two pressed steel ‘shells’ welded together and two light alloy adaptor brackets.  This has two key advantages: not only is weight significantly reduced, but the ‘modular’ system makes it possible to match the subframe to the different engines and exhausts.  The subframe concept reduces rolling noise and optimises the car’s driving characteristics.  On road, this gives the Polo a sporting and nimble feel.

The Polo’s lightweight struts and offset coil springs are located in the damper strut and designed in conjunction with a decoupled strut mounting to give better roll comfort.  Lightweight wheel bearing technologies have also been employed to further enhance ride and handling; they are maintenance-free, requiring no adjustment on assembly or during servicing.

Rear axle
At the rear the torsion beam trailing arm rear axle continues as before.  Essentially a ‘V’ shaped tube, engineers can adjust the torsional characteristics by varying the wall thicknesses and geometry of the torsion beam to influence driving characteristics.  This system also eradicates the need for an anti-roll bar, thereby saving weight.  The axle is attached to the vehicle itself via large bonded rubber mountings, the diagonal location of which reduces lateral forces and improves high speed stability.

Electro-mechanical power assisted steering
Coupled to the front axle is an adaptive steering system.  The basic design is a conventional power steering box; however, the amount of assistance generated by an electric pump, is adapted to the vehicle’s speed and weight.  This has several advantages: it enhances steering ‘feel’; makes the car easy to drive, especially around town and when parking; and reduces fuel consumption as only the necessary amount of energy is produced.

This is in contrast to a traditional steering system in which the servo pressure has to be constantly maintained.  The new system uses a map control, gathering data from sensors to ensure the right assistance is given.  As a result, it is also possible to adapt the steering system to the vehicle weight and desired mode. 

Braking system
All Polos have four-channel ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution) and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) as standard.  Models with power outputs of 80 PS and less have ventilated brake discs at the front and self-adjusting rear drum brakes.  The 1.8-litre 150PS GTI features disc brakes, ventilated at the front, on all wheels. 

Electronic Stabilisation Programme – ESP
Also available as an option on the Polo is ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme).  Essentially, ESP is a sophisticated system that automatically senses any tendency for the car to slide.  Should this situation occur, ESP reacts by applying the brakes to one, two, three or all four wheels and adjusts the engine’s power.  In this way, it is possible that a skid is corrected even before the driver is aware that one has started. 

This can be useful if a tendency to understeer or oversteer develops in a bend.  In such circumstances ESP can help prevent the car skidding or spinning off the road and is particularly helpful in wet or icy conditions.

Hydraulic Brake Assist – HBA
HBA recognises from the speed at which the brake pedal is depressed whether it is a ‘normal’ braking situation or an emergency stop.  In the event of an emergency stop, HBA automatically increases braking pressure, activating ABS and ensuring the level of braking meets the needs of the conditions.  The application of brake assist makes it possible even for unskilled drivers to reduce braking distances by around 25 per cent.

EQUIPMENT AND TRIM

The standard Polo is available with three different trim levels – E, Match and SE – plus a GTI model is offered at the top of the range.

E 1.2-litre 60 and 70 PS
Despite its affordable price, the entry-level E is comprehensively specified, with the following standard feature highlights:

  • ABS with EBD and HBA
  • driver and front passenger airbags
  • front side impact airbags (not on E 1.2-litre 60 PS)
  • height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • electro-mechanical speed sensitive power-assisted steering
  • radio/MP3 compatible CD player with four speakers
  • 5J x 14-inch wheels with 165/70 R14 tyres
  • central locking
  • electronic engine immobiliser
  • three rear head restraints and three point seat belts
  • Isofix preparation for two rear child seats

Match 1.2-litre 60 and 70 PS
Match 1.4-litre 80 PS (manual or automatic)
Match 1.4-litre TDI 70 PS

Match adds the following over the E trim, and is the best-selling trim level:

  • ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning
  • 6J x 15 ‘Charade’ alloy wheels with 195/55 R15 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts
  • front fog lights (not SE)
  • front electric windows
  • electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • body-coloured door mirrors, handles, bumper strips and side bump strips
  • split folding rear seat

SE 1.4-litre 80 PS (manual or automatic)
SE 1.4-litre TDI 80 PS

Over the Match trim, SE adds the following (among a host of items):

  • front passenger seat height adjustment
  • driver and front seat passenger under seat drawer (five-door only)
  • remote central locking with alarm
  • radio/MP3 compatible CD player with 8 speakers
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • easy entry sliding seats for access to rear seats (three-door only)
  • 6J x 14 ‘Misano’ alloy wheels with 185/60 R14 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

Polo GTI 1.8-litre 150 PS
Available in both three and five door guise, the Polo GTI takes cues style-wise from its ‘big brother’ Golf GTI and features (over Sport):

  • GTI styling pack – unique front and rear bumpers with honeycomb front grille
  • twin chrome tail pipes
  • red brake callipers
  • 6½ J x 16 ‘ Monza I’ alloy wheels with 205/45 R16 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control)
  • roof spoiler

FACTORY FIT OPTIONS

Despite the high level of standard specification, Volkswagen knows that Polo owners will want to customise further their vehicles.  For this reason a wide range of factory- and retailer-fit options are available. 

Although it is classed as a ‘supermini’, the Polo is available with options usually reserved for cars in higher classes.  These include parking sensors; coming/leaving home lighting function; leather upholstery and cruise control, tyre pressure monitor; as well as ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme); and integrated child seat.

Parking sensors
The Polo is offered with a parking distance control system which simplifies tight parking manoeuvres.  The system uses four ultrasonic sensors, integrated in the rear bumper, to pinpoint parked vehicles or other objects behind the car.  Automatically activated when reverse gear is selected, the system produces an audible warning signal to guide the driver up to a safe distance to any objects behind.  Not only does this help to avoid car park knocks, it could also prevent accidents, for example, if a child runs out who may not have been seen.  Available as an option on all models except the E and BlueMotion versions

Climatic/Climatronic air conditioning
Standard on all models with the exception of the E and BlueMotion 1, is a Climatic semi-automatic air conditioning system.  In contrast to standard manual air conditioning, the air temperature is automatically controlled, while air distribution is adjusted manually.  The air conditioner for the new Polo uses an externally-controlled compressor which, thanks to its optimised evaporation temperature, consumes less energy and hence less fuel than a traditional system.

A further option is Volkswagen’s fully automatic Climatronic climate control.  With this system, available on SE and GTI versions, the temperature is selected and the system maintains it constantly.

Rain sensor and automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror
A ‘thinking’ interior rear-view mirror is available as an option on the Polo.  It uses sensors to detect when the lights of a vehicle behind are likely to distract the driver.  The mirror reacts by dimming automatically, in a similar way to light sensitive sunglasses.  Sensors in the front and rear of the mirror monitor changes and re-adjust when appropriate.

In conjunction with this are automatic windscreen wipers.  A rain sensor positioned behind the interior rear-view mirror on the windscreen activates the wiper system as required.  An infrared beam is reflected in different ways according to the pattern of moisture landing on a windscreen sensor and signals from the sensor control the wipers.  When the wiper control is set to the normal ‘intermittent’ position the wipers are automatically controlled from ‘off’ when the screen is dry through different delay intervals of intermittent wipe through to two speeds of continuous operation.

SAFETY

In designing the Polo, Volkswagen’s engineers set out to make the safest car in its class. 

Frontal collision
The front structure of the Polo is composed of energy-absorbing and energy-distributing structural elements, with particular attention being paid to the quality and thickness of metal.  The protection offered by the front bulkhead member in the footwell has also been enhanced.

A particularly important feature of the Polo is the decoupling of the subframe from the side member; here footwell deformation is minimised.  Volkswagen also makes use of a new Crash Optimised Pedal system, whereby the brake and clutch pedals fold forward to reduce the risk of dangerous foot injuries.

Side collision
Using computer generated simulations, engineers were also able to optimise the Polo’s performance in a side-on collision.  As a result and following physical trials, lateral intrusion is minimised during a collision. 

Rear collision
In this area, the Polo meets the strictest US safety directives, including a 50 km/h collision with a 1,800 kg barrier.  Among other performance criteria, absolute leak-proofing of the fuel tank must be guaranteed for this test to be passed.  The 45 litre fuel tank is installed in the crash-protected area in front of the rear axle, and is made entirely of plastic.  It meets all the requirements of evaporation emissions directives. 

Airbag systems
All Polos feature twin front airbags as standard, while all except the E 1.2-litre 60 PS also gain front side impact airbags.  The volume of the driver’s front airbag is 64 litres, while the passenger bag measures 95 litres.  In the event of an accident, a signal from the airbag sensor causes the fuel supply to the engine to be cut immediately.  

Curtain airbag system
In addition to the Polo’s standard airbags, customers can specify Volkswagen’s curtain airbag system, for extra protection.  In the event of a side impact crash, airbags open up along the side window surface to protect the head and upper torso of the window seat passengers.  

Child passenger protection
All Polos come as standard with two rear seat Isofix seat mounting brackets.  These are attached to the body of the car and allow a compatible Isofix standard child seat to be installed and hence safely carried.  Research has shown that 75 per cent of parents do not correctly thread a seat belt through a child seat, but the Isofix system eliminates any risk of incorrect fitting.

For added convenience and safety, it is possible to deactivate the passenger front and side airbags (where specified) so that a rear-facing child seat can be mounted and safely transported in the passenger seat.  The lock for this function can be found in the glove compartment and is operated using the ignition key.  This is a low-cost option on all Polo models.

Euro NCAP test results
The Polo was awarded four stars in the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) safety tests for adult occupant protection.  It scored a one star pedestrian rating.

SECURITY

All Polos have an electronic immobiliser and central locking, while from E upwards, an anti-hijack system is also standard.  SE models and above gain remote control central locking.

All Polos feature an integrated factory-fitted stereo radio/CD player which is Volkswagen branded and security coded.  When the car is left switched off, it also has a flashing LED as an added deterrent.

Line-up with insurance groups
Thanks to its impressive safety, security and accident repair costs, the Polo has secured the following insurance ratings from the ABI (Association of British Insurers).

E  
1.2-litre 60 and 70 PS   3E
   
Match  
1.2-litre 60 PS  3E
1.2-litre 70 PS 3E
1.4-litre 80 PS  4E
1.4-litre 80 PS automatic 4E
1.4-litre TDI 70 PS  5E
   
SE  
1.4-litre 80 PS 4E
1.4-litre 80 PS automatic 4E
1.4-litre TDI 80 PS 5E
   
GTI  
1.8-litre 150 PS 13E

WARRANTIES

The Polo has a three year (first and second year unlimited mileage manufacturer operated and third year 60,000 mile retailer operated) mechanical warranty.  In addition, it comes with a class-leading 12 year body protection guarantee, three year paintwork warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance.  The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

The latest Polo was relaunched in Summer 2005, coinciding with its 30th anniversary.  With a new look – in particular at the front – along with new engines and revised specifications, Volkswagen’s high-quality supermini once again established itself as an appealing proposition.

The Polo builds on the model’s renowned virtues of quality, engineering, practicality, ergonomics, plus highly competitive whole life costs.  To this it adds a fresh design, and improved specification.

A range of efficient engines is available in the Polo.  Four petrol and two diesel units are offered, ranging in power from 60 to 150 PS.

The new Polo is one of the safest superminis, with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist), plus driver and front passenger airbags as standard on every model, and side airbags (on all apart from the E 1.2-litre 60 PS).  A curtain airbag system and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) are low cost options.  More than this, the Polo has high levels of torsional rigidity, leading to not only improved crash performance, but also impressive refinement and driving dynamics.

Enhancing the feeling of safety in the Polo is the car’s size.  The latest model is 19 mm longer than before at 3,916 mm, which is longer than even a Golf Mk I.  Though large enough to be considered as a family car rather than a traditional supermini ‘run-around’, the Polo is not as big as the latest Golf.

The Polo has an advanced electro-mechanical power assisted steering system which adapts steering assistance to suit the speed and weight of the vehicle.  It also saves fuel compared with a conventional power steering system, as it only requires power when the wheel is turned.

Three standard specification levels are available – E, Match and SE – as both three- and five-door hatchbacks.  The most popular model in the range is the Match, which combines popular engine choices with an attractive specification to create an excellent value for money package.  An automatic model is also offered.

The Polo GTI model joined the line-up in Spring 2006 and comes with a 1.8-litre 150 PS engine and styling cues taken from the Golf GTI.

A highly efficient BlueMotion model, which has a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 74.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of 99 g/km, is also available.

The latest Polo went on sale in the UK on 10 June 2005 and is one of the UK ’s most popular superminis, as well as Volkswagen’s second best-selling model behind the Golf.  In 2008, Volkswagen sold 35,710 Polos in the UK .

Summary

  • International debut at Leipzig Show in April 2005; on sale in UK 10 June 2005
  • Latest generation of Volkswagen’s supermini. First launched in the UK in 1975
  • Slightly larger than previous generation. Length increased by 19 mm to 3,916 mm; height by 2 mm to 1,467 mm; and wheelbase by 6 mm to 2,466 mm. Width is unchanged at 1,650 mm
  • Four petrol and two diesel units – all Euro 4 compliant. Petrol line-up features: 1.2-litre three-cylinder 60 and 70 PS; 1.4-litre 80 PS; and the Polo GTI is available with a 1.8-litre 150 PS engine. Diesel units comprise the 1.4-litre TDI 70 PS and 1.4-litre TDI 80 PS
  • Comprehensive safety features include ABS with HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) and driver and front passenger front and side airbags (side not on E 1.2-litre 60 PS). ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme), side airbags and a curtain airbag system are optional
  • Offered in three trim levels: E, Match and SE. GTI and BlueMotion models also available
  • Though the Polo has undergone substantial changes over time, the values that have made the car a success for over 30 years – quality, safety, solidity, style and value for money – remain the foundations on which any developments are based

DESIGN

Exterior design
The latest Polo is quite clearly related to the previous model, and yet was given a striking new appearance.  Its most prominent styling feature is its new ‘face’, with a bold ‘V’-shaped grille which extends into the bonnet and up to the base of the A-pillars, giving Volkswagen’s supermini an even more upmarket, mature character.

Trapezoid headlights with circular elements follow the look of those already seen on the Passat and Eos.  The circular part that extends into the front bumper neatly contains the indicators, while the repeaters have now been relocated into the door mirror housings for enhanced visibility and a higher quality appearance.

The rear of the Polo was also revised.  Here, the window’s base now has a gentle ‘V’ shape, echoing the design element at the front of the car.  The tail lights, too, have been redesigned, with more pronounced circular elements.  The steeply-raked rear end is distinctive, yet functional, with a wide boot opening, while short body overhangs communicate space and stability.

From the side, the three- and five-door versions are clearly distinguished.  The three-door has two windows, emphasised by a rising trim strip to look sporty and more like a coupé; the five-door features a small third rear window in the C pillar, making it appear longer and larger than the three-door version.

Interior design
High quality interiors have for some time been synonymous with the name Volkswagen.  So much so, that it’s perhaps easy to take for granted the high quality plastics and trim, simple but classic styling, ergonomic excellence and attention to detail found in the Polo and its siblings.

The Polo features high quality fabrics and neat, easy-to-read instrument graphics.  A handy compartment on top of the dashboard is designed to hold items which are typically easy to lose, such as parking tickets or toll cards.  New radio/CD systems are also featured.

The Polo is notable for its interior size.  In all comfort dimensions, Volkswagen’s supermini is among the most spacious in its class.

Both front seats adjust for tilt and reach and for height (Match models and above), with Volkswagen’s familiar and easy-to-use ‘pump action’ handle.  All models have a rake and reach adjustable steering wheel and seatbelt height adjustment.  The tailgate opens to 2,066 mm high, allowing unobstructed boot loading, while the bootspace is highly competitive at 270 litres (1,030 litres with the rear seats folded).  In addition, the luggage area is of a very practical shape, with rear wheel arch intrusion minimised and four load lashing points boosting convenience and safety.

In the cabin, a plethora of cubby holes can be found, and on SE models and above, a drawer under the driver and passenger seats allows items to be concealed from view.  Live with the Polo for a while and you’ll soon discover there’s a place to put everything, from a map to a phone, to loose change. 

Housed in chromed surrounds, the speedometer and tachometer are easy to read.  At night, the Polo displays blue subsurface dial illumination, which contrasts with red lighting for the needles.  The centre console is also designed to be stylish and functional, with the most frequently used controls – those for the stereo – at the top.  Underneath are the temperature dials for a variety of heating and ventilation systems.

It would be impossible to list here all the features which make the Polo’s interior a nice place to be.  Suffice it to say, everything has been planned with the occupants’ comfort, convenience and safety in front of mind.

Underbody design
Though not the most exciting area of a car and indeed rarely seen, it would be a mistake not to mention the Polo’s plastic underbody trim.  Not only has Volkswagen cut the amount of PVC used here, but at the end of the car’s life, this can be fully recycled – a real consideration with new end of life legislation.  What’s more, this trim has been designed to produce a spoiler effect, reducing aerodynamic lift over the rear wheels at speed.

Quality production
All of the Polo’s panels are fully galvanised.  This means they are treated with zinc phosphate coating, cathodic dip coating, an application of water-based filler coat, followed by the water-based paint coat and two-pack clear varnish.  All hinges and fastenings are also galvanised, giving protection to areas typically vulnerable to corrosion, such as flanged joints, screw connections and cavities.  Epoxy resin is further used in bonding to enhance corrosion protection, and cavities are flooded with solvent-free hot wax.

Galvanisation not only gives the Polo a 12 year body protection warranty, but also means the body is able to withstand greater forces and provides occupants with superior protection in the event of a crash.  High levels of torsional rigidity (stiffness) also improve refinement and handling.  This benefit permits class-leading narrow panel fit and eliminates body creaking noises over uneven surfaces. 

Some 68 per cent of the Polo’s superstructure is made of high strength steel.  For example, the B-pillar bearing body element consists of a complex-phase steel with a yield point of CPW 800 – that’s five times greater than the equivalent value for normal bodywork steels.

High quality production techniques also enhance the Polo’s appearance.  All the important bodywork seams on the Polo are laser-welded, but because the panels are galvanised, a high degree of technical expertise is required.  By mastering laser-brazing technology, it has been possible to join the roof seamlessly with the two large side panels, eliminating the need for a roof trim strip or gutter.  This makes the Polo stronger and more rigid, enhancing safety and driveability.

No other manufacturer has had a stronger influence on ‘panel gap width’ than Volkswagen.  The classic ‘door slamming’ test, which has become a trademark of the manufacturer, is only possible thanks to the highest quality, precision engineering found in Volkswagen’s factories.

ENGINES

The Polo hatchback is available with a choice of six engines – four petrol and two diesel.  The petrol options are: a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, 6-valve 60 PS unit; a 1.2-litre three-cylinder 12-valve 70 PS; a 1.4-litre 80 PS; while the Polo GTI features a turbocharged 1.8-litre 150 PS unit.

The diesel engines available in the Polo are a 1.4-litre TDI 70 PS and 1.4-litre TDI 80 PS three-cylinder.

All the engines in the Polo are transversely installed, and pendulum mounted from two upper supports.  Due to a sophisticated insulation system, consisting of hydraulic engine mounting and rubber mountings at the gearbox end, the Polo is designed to be refined and free from vibrations, especially at lower engine speeds. 

Petrol engines
1.2-litre, 1198 cc, 6- or 12-valve 3-cyl, 60 and 70 PS

With a balancer shaft to ensure these three-cylinder engines have the same refinement as an equivalent four-cylinder, Volkswagen has redefined the three-pot unit.  Any vibrations have been markedly reduced in comparison with other similar power plants, resulting in one simple advantage: a three-cylinder engine is smaller and lighter than an equivalent four-cylinder one and is more fuel efficient for the same performance.

A highlight of these engines is the cross-flow cooling, whereby the coolant flows through up to two thirds of the cylinder head, from the inlet to the exhaust side, with a particularly high flow rate in the vicinity of the combustion chambers and has the following advantages:

  • minimal heating of inlet air
  • reduced knock tendency through cooler combustion chamber walls
  • same temperature levels in all cylinders
  • low flow resistance reduces power consumption of the water pump
  • faster warming and higher temperature level of the cylinder liners leads to reduced friction in the piston group

In the 70 PS unit, multivalve technology results in torque of 83 lbs ft at just 3,000 rpm.  Impressive combined economy of more than 48 mpg is also a result of Volkswagen’s technology.

1.4-litre, 1390 cc, 16-valve 4-cyl, 80 PS
This engine develops 97 lbs of torque at 3,800 rpm, and has an outstanding fuel consumption figure of 44.8 mpg on the combined fuel cycle in the standard Polo.

1.8-litre, 1781 cc, 20-valve 4-cyl, 150 PS
The Polo GTI is equipped with Volkswagen’s proven 1.8-litre 20 valve turbocharged engine.  Here, it develops 150 PS and 162 lbs ft of torque, making for the most powerful production Polo ever.  The GTI accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 8.2 seconds, and goes on to a top speed of 134 mph.

Diesel engines

1.4-litre, 1422 cc, 6-valve 3-cyl, 70 PS TDI
Combining exceptional economy, refinement and performance, this version of Volkswagen’s acclaimed three-cylinder turbocharged direct injection engine uses ‘Pumpe Düse’ or unit injector technology.  Maximum torque of 114 lbs ft at 1,600 rpm, combined with impressive fuel economy make this a great choice for the cost conscious motorist who doesn’t want to sacrifice driveability.

1.4-litre, 1422 cc, 6-valve 3-cyl, 80 PS TDI
This version of the three-cylinder diesel engine has 10 PS more power than the entry-level diesel, and 30 lbs ft more torque.  With 144 lbs ft from 1,800 to 2,200 rpm, this power unit delivers good performance with typically frugal diesel economy. 

Gearboxes

Five-speed manual
Five-speed Polos drive through a manual gearbox called MQ200, except for the 1.4-litre and 1.9-litre 100 PS TDIs which are coupled with a five-speed manual known as MQ250.  This ’box is better suited to their high torque outputs (maximum rated torque capacity of 250 as opposed to 200 Newton metres).

All manual gearboxes are characterised by precise shift points, light and easy action, quiet running and long life.  From a design point of view, they are compact and lightweight, bringing clear advantages.

Six-speed automatic
The 1.4-litre 80 PS petrol engine is available with a six-speed auto gearbox.  Unlike many automatics, the Polo’s gearbox does not have rigid ‘sport’ or ‘economy’ modes.  Instead the gearshift point ‘floats’ according to fuzzy logic to give the optimum fuel economy or performance depending on what the driver or driving situation demands.

Servicing
Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their Polo.  They can choose Time and Distance or LongLife Servicing and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its general use. 

Time and Distance Servicing is recommended for vehic les that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in the following way:

  • Predominantly city centre driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts
  • Activities regularly producing high engine loading, for example frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing
  • Driving with high rpm, hard acceleration and heavy braking

In this case, the vehicle will be serviced at regular intervals, at every 10,000 mi les or every 12 months. 

LongLife Servicing is recommended for vehic les with a daily mileage of more than 25 mi les, where the vehicle is driven regularly and on mainly longer distance journeys.  The vehicle should be mainly driven at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner.  In this case, the on-board computer informs the driver via a dashboard display, when the vehicle needs a service.  A range of engine sensors electronically monitors the vehicle’s oil temperature, oil pressure, oil level and brake pad wear to establish when a service is needed. 

With the LongLife system, the vehicle can cover typically between 10,000 and 18,000 miles (approx) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes.  An inspection service is typically due in the third year of ownership or at 40,000 miles and thereafter every second year for vehicles with an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles.

Customers can choose between Time and Distance or LongLife Servicing at PDI (pre-delivery inspection) and though it is possible to change from one to another during the vehicle’s life, it can only be done when a full inspection service is due.

RUNNING GEAR

The Polo features a strut front axle with lower wishbones, and a torsion beam trailing arm rear axle.

Front axle
At the front, the Polo has a subframe consisting of a steel cross member fabricated from two pressed steel ‘shells’ welded together and two light alloy adaptor brackets.  This has two key advantages: not only is weight significantly reduced, but the ‘modular’ system makes it possible to match the subframe to the different engines and exhausts.  The subframe concept reduces rolling noise and optimises the car’s driving characteristics.  On road, this gives the Polo a sporting and nimble feel.

The Polo’s lightweight struts and offset coil springs are located in the damper strut and designed in conjunction with a decoupled strut mounting to give better roll comfort.  Lightweight wheel bearing technologies have also been employed to further enhance ride and handling; they are maintenance-free, requiring no adjustment on assembly or during servicing.

Rear axle
At the rear the torsion beam trailing arm rear axle continues as before.  Essentially a ‘V’ shaped tube, engineers can adjust the torsional characteristics by varying the wall thicknesses and geometry of the torsion beam to influence driving characteristics.  This system also eradicates the need for an anti-roll bar, thereby saving weight.  The axle is attached to the vehicle itself via large bonded rubber mountings, the diagonal location of which reduces lateral forces and improves high speed stability.

Electro-mechanical power assisted steering
Coupled to the front axle is an adaptive steering system.  The basic design is a conventional power steering box; however, the amount of assistance generated by an electric pump, is adapted to the vehicle’s speed and weight.  This has several advantages: it enhances steering ‘feel’; makes the car easy to drive, especially around town and when parking; and reduces fuel consumption as only the necessary amount of energy is produced.

This is in contrast to a traditional steering system in which the servo pressure has to be constantly maintained.  The new system uses a map control, gathering data from sensors to ensure the right assistance is given.  As a result, it is also possible to adapt the steering system to the vehicle weight and desired mode. 

Braking system
All Polos have four-channel ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution) and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) as standard.  Models with power outputs of 80 PS and less have ventilated brake discs at the front and self-adjusting rear drum brakes.  The 1.8-litre 150PS GTI features disc brakes, ventilated at the front, on all wheels. 

Electronic Stabilisation Programme – ESP
Also available as an option on the Polo is ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme).  Essentially, ESP is a sophisticated system that automatically senses any tendency for the car to slide.  Should this situation occur, ESP reacts by applying the brakes to one, two, three or all four wheels and adjusts the engine’s power.  In this way, it is possible that a skid is corrected even before the driver is aware that one has started. 

This can be useful if a tendency to understeer or oversteer develops in a bend.  In such circumstances ESP can help prevent the car skidding or spinning off the road and is particularly helpful in wet or icy conditions.

Hydraulic Brake Assist – HBA
HBA recognises from the speed at which the brake pedal is depressed whether it is a ‘normal’ braking situation or an emergency stop.  In the event of an emergency stop, HBA automatically increases braking pressure, activating ABS and ensuring the level of braking meets the needs of the conditions.  The application of brake assist makes it possible even for unskilled drivers to reduce braking distances by around 25 per cent.

EQUIPMENT AND TRIM

The standard Polo is available with three different trim levels – E, Match and SE – plus a GTI model is offered at the top of the range.

E 1.2-litre 60 and 70 PS
Despite its affordable price, the entry-level E is comprehensively specified, with the following standard feature highlights:

  • ABS with EBD and HBA
  • driver and front passenger airbags
  • front side impact airbags (not on E 1.2-litre 60 PS)
  • height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • electro-mechanical speed sensitive power-assisted steering
  • radio/MP3 compatible CD player with four speakers
  • 5J x 14-inch wheels with 165/70 R14 tyres
  • central locking
  • electronic engine immobiliser
  • three rear head restraints and three point seat belts
  • Isofix preparation for two rear child seats

Match 1.2-litre 60 and 70 PS
Match 1.4-litre 80 PS (manual or automatic)
Match 1.4-litre TDI 70 PS

Match adds the following over the E trim, and is the best-selling trim level:

  • ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning
  • 6J x 15 ‘Charade’ alloy wheels with 195/55 R15 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts
  • front fog lights (not SE)
  • front electric windows
  • electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • body-coloured door mirrors, handles, bumper strips and side bump strips
  • split folding rear seat

SE 1.4-litre 80 PS (manual or automatic)
SE 1.4-litre TDI 80 PS

Over the Match trim, SE adds the following (among a host of items):

  • front passenger seat height adjustment
  • driver and front seat passenger under seat drawer (five-door only)
  • remote central locking with alarm
  • radio/MP3 compatible CD player with 8 speakers
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • easy entry sliding seats for access to rear seats (three-door only)
  • 6J x 14 ‘Misano’ alloy wheels with 185/60 R14 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts

Polo GTI 1.8-litre 150 PS
Available in both three and five door guise, the Polo GTI takes cues style-wise from its ‘big brother’ Golf GTI and features (over Sport):

  • GTI styling pack – unique front and rear bumpers with honeycomb front grille
  • twin chrome tail pipes
  • red brake callipers
  • 6½ J x 16 ‘ Monza I’ alloy wheels with 205/45 R16 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control)
  • roof spoiler

FACTORY FIT OPTIONS

Despite the high level of standard specification, Volkswagen knows that Polo owners will want to customise further their vehicles.  For this reason a wide range of factory- and retailer-fit options are available. 

Although it is classed as a ‘supermini’, the Polo is available with options usually reserved for cars in higher classes.  These include parking sensors; coming/leaving home lighting function; leather upholstery and cruise control, tyre pressure monitor; as well as ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme); and integrated child seat.

Parking sensors
The Polo is offered with a parking distance control system which simplifies tight parking manoeuvres.  The system uses four ultrasonic sensors, integrated in the rear bumper, to pinpoint parked vehicles or other objects behind the car.  Automatically activated when reverse gear is selected, the system produces an audible warning signal to guide the driver up to a safe distance to any objects behind.  Not only does this help to avoid car park knocks, it could also prevent accidents, for example, if a child runs out who may not have been seen.  Available as an option on all models except the E and BlueMotion versions

Climatic/Climatronic air conditioning
Standard on all models with the exception of the E and BlueMotion 1, is a Climatic semi-automatic air conditioning system.  In contrast to standard manual air conditioning, the air temperature is automatically controlled, while air distribution is adjusted manually.  The air conditioner for the new Polo uses an externally-controlled compressor which, thanks to its optimised evaporation temperature, consumes less energy and hence less fuel than a traditional system.

A further option is Volkswagen’s fully automatic Climatronic climate control.  With this system, available on SE and GTI versions, the temperature is selected and the system maintains it constantly.

Rain sensor and automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror
A ‘thinking’ interior rear-view mirror is available as an option on the Polo.  It uses sensors to detect when the lights of a vehicle behind are likely to distract the driver.  The mirror reacts by dimming automatically, in a similar way to light sensitive sunglasses.  Sensors in the front and rear of the mirror monitor changes and re-adjust when appropriate.

In conjunction with this are automatic windscreen wipers.  A rain sensor positioned behind the interior rear-view mirror on the windscreen activates the wiper system as required.  An infrared beam is reflected in different ways according to the pattern of moisture landing on a windscreen sensor and signals from the sensor control the wipers.  When the wiper control is set to the normal ‘intermittent’ position the wipers are automatically controlled from ‘off’ when the screen is dry through different delay intervals of intermittent wipe through to two speeds of continuous operation.

SAFETY

In designing the Polo, Volkswagen’s engineers set out to make the safest car in its class. 

Frontal collision
The front structure of the Polo is composed of energy-absorbing and energy-distributing structural elements, with particular attention being paid to the quality and thickness of metal.  The protection offered by the front bulkhead member in the footwell has also been enhanced.

A particularly important feature of the Polo is the decoupling of the subframe from the side member; here footwell deformation is minimised.  Volkswagen also makes use of a new Crash Optimised Pedal system, whereby the brake and clutch pedals fold forward to reduce the risk of dangerous foot injuries.

Side collision
Using computer generated simulations, engineers were also able to optimise the Polo’s performance in a side-on collision.  As a result and following physical trials, lateral intrusion is minimised during a collision. 

Rear collision
In this area, the Polo meets the strictest US safety directives, including a 50 km/h collision with a 1,800 kg barrier.  Among other performance criteria, absolute leak-proofing of the fuel tank must be guaranteed for this test to be passed.  The 45 litre fuel tank is installed in the crash-protected area in front of the rear axle, and is made entirely of plastic.  It meets all the requirements of evaporation emissions directives. 

Airbag systems
All Polos feature twin front airbags as standard, while all except the E 1.2-litre 60 PS also gain front side impact airbags.  The volume of the driver’s front airbag is 64 litres, while the passenger bag measures 95 litres.  In the event of an accident, a signal from the airbag sensor causes the fuel supply to the engine to be cut immediately.  

Curtain airbag system
In addition to the Polo’s standard airbags, customers can specify Volkswagen’s curtain airbag system, for extra protection.  In the event of a side impact crash, airbags open up along the side window surface to protect the head and upper torso of the window seat passengers.  

Child passenger protection
All Polos come as standard with two rear seat Isofix seat mounting brackets.  These are attached to the body of the car and allow a compatible Isofix standard child seat to be installed and hence safely carried.  Research has shown that 75 per cent of parents do not correctly thread a seat belt through a child seat, but the Isofix system eliminates any risk of incorrect fitting.

For added convenience and safety, it is possible to deactivate the passenger front and side airbags (where specified) so that a rear-facing child seat can be mounted and safely transported in the passenger seat.  The lock for this function can be found in the glove compartment and is operated using the ignition key.  This is a low-cost option on all Polo models.

Euro NCAP test results
The Polo was awarded four stars in the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) safety tests for adult occupant protection.  It scored a one star pedestrian rating.

SECURITY

All Polos have an electronic immobiliser and central locking, while from E upwards, an anti-hijack system is also standard.  SE models and above gain remote control central locking.

All Polos feature an integrated factory-fitted stereo radio/CD player which is Volkswagen branded and security coded.  When the car is left switched off, it also has a flashing LED as an added deterrent.

Line-up with insurance groups
Thanks to its impressive safety, security and accident repair costs, the Polo has secured the following insurance ratings from the ABI (Association of British Insurers).

E  
1.2-litre 60 and 70 PS   3E
   
Match  
1.2-litre 60 PS  3E
1.2-litre 70 PS 3E
1.4-litre 80 PS  4E
1.4-litre 80 PS automatic 4E
1.4-litre TDI 70 PS  5E
   
SE  
1.4-litre 80 PS 4E
1.4-litre 80 PS automatic 4E
1.4-litre TDI 80 PS 5E
   
GTI  
1.8-litre 150 PS 13E

WARRANTIES

The Polo has a three year (first and second year unlimited mileage manufacturer operated and third year 60,000 mile retailer operated) mechanical warranty.  In addition, it comes with a class-leading 12 year body protection guarantee, three year paintwork warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance.  The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

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