2015 Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo is one of the smallest cars in the manufacturer’s massive portfolio, but it’s also one of its most fun and most successful models as well. From tiny fuel sipping diesels up to WRC homologation models with high-stung turbocharged engines, there are many different flavors of Polo to suit everyone. They even make a Polo GTI if you want it. Of course, the tiny hatchback isn’t for everyone, so VW make a small crossover and a sedan version as well.

The car has been a massive sales success for Volkswagen , and the company has been doing everything it can to keep the car competitive and fresh. Apart from the various trim levels and engine options, the car has received regular and through refreshes. The last big one came in 2009 with the introduction of Mk 5 car in 2009. Now coming into 2014, the Polo receives another refresh that brings new engines, revised looks, better fuel economy and more equipment than ever before.

Oh, and before we get too far, this is all for our Euro friends. The Polo has no US release plans.

Click past the jump to read more about the new 2015 Volkswagen Polo.

Exterior

Volkswagen Polo
Volkswagen Polo
Volkswagen Polo

If you think the plain basic Polo isn’t interesting enough to look at, you can order a car with the R-Line package.

The Polo’s exterior design is new and refined, but there is nothing drastic happening here. If you have seen any of Volkswagen’s recent designs, you will have a good idea of what the Polo looks like. The overall aesthetic is clean and organized. The upright greenhouse increases visibility and having the wheels pushed to all four corners increases interior space and agility.

If you think the plain basic Polo isn’t interesting enough to look at, you can order a car with the R-Line package. This will add new alloy wheels in various designs, a new radiator grille, more aggressive bumpers, a small rear diffuser, chromed exhaust tips and a roof spoiler.

2015 Volkswagen Polo - Exterior Dimension

Length3,972 mm (156.37 inches)
Width1,682 mm (66.22 inches)
Height1,453 mm (57.20 inches)
Wheelbase2,470 mm (97.24 inches)
Track, front/rear1,463/1,456 mm (57.59/57.32 inches)

Interior

Volkswagen Polo
Volkswagen Polo
Volkswagen Polo

Depending on your trim choice you can get one of the three different stereo systems or even a navigation unit.

The Interior of the new Polo is easily one of the best in the segment. It has that same dark and boring cave-like design as most German cars, but it is incredibly well built and features more soft-touch surfaces and high quality materials than you are likely to find in any competitor.

Aside from intelligent details and good ergonomics, Volkswagen has also fitted the Polo with a large collection of technology. Depending on your trim choice you can get one of the three different stereo systems or even a navigation unit. Bluetooth is standard on many of these systems and Volkswagen even has a MirrorLink system that lets certain smartphone apps be accessed via the car’s central touchscreen.

Drivetrain

Volkswagen Polo

The drivetrain is where Volkswagen is making some of the most important changes to the Polo formula. The Polo is the first car in Volkswagen history to wear a BlueMotion badge but still be powered by a gasoline engine. All previous BlueMotion models feature diesel engines.

The TDI makes a respectable 74 horsepower, and Volkswagen is claiming that this will be the most fuel efficient five-passenger diesel car in the world.

This new engine is a small 1.0-liter three-cylinder with a turbocharger, similar to the new 1.0L Ecoboost on the Ford Fiesta. With 94 horsepower, the new TSI BlueMotion car is powerful enough to provide drivers with plenty of fun and excitement, while keeping fuel usage low. IF you still prefer the grunt and torque of a diesel, the TDI Bluemotion is returning with a revised engine as well. The TDI makes a respectable 74 horsepower, and Volkswagen is claiming that this will be the most fuel efficient five-passenger diesel car in the world.

If you like a little more excitement with your fuel savings, the Polo BlueGT should be right up your alley. It is still the same Polo you know and love with the same focus on fuel economy, but the 1.4-liter TSI engine has been massaged for more power. The result is 147 horsepower, a gain of about 9 ponies over the last model.

Aside from the BlueGT and BlueMotion cars, the Polo will be available with the traditional set of petrol and diesel engines.

Type of engine3-cyl. petrol engine3-cyl. petrol engine BMT3-cyl. TSI
Effective displacement1.0 liter1.0 liter1.0 liter
Valves per cylinder444
Injection / ChargeMulti-point injectionMulti-point injectionDirect injection / Turbocharger
Power output HP607594
Max. torque Nm at rpm95 / 3,000 - 4,30095 / 3,000 - 4,300160 / 1,400 - 4,000

Competition

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is one of the current kings in this segment. It combines Ford’s impeccable ability to make a great driving car with a funky exterior design that feels youthful and fresh.

Ford is also making great strides in matching performance and fuel economy thanks to its new 1.0-liter Ecoboost engine. It is one of the smallest and lightest production engines ever created.

Depending on the market, this will be the Polo’s biggest competitor.

Opel Corsa

Opel Corsa

If you still want a German badge on your hood but you want something that looks a little more interesting than the Volkswagen, the GM-owned Opel is here to help. The Corsa has a smoother, more interesting shape that splits the difference in overall look between the somber Polo and the hip Fiesta.

Since the current Corsa has been out on the market longer, there are a lot more options for you in regards to engine and model choices. There are currently nine different trim models for the UK market alone.

Conclusion

Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo is not the perfect car for everyone. It is a little small and the exterior design could be called be boring, but if you are one of the many European readers of TopSpeed and you need a well-built car incredible interior quality and world-record fuel economy, you won’t find a better choice. If you wanted, Volkswagen Volkswagen will even sell you a small crossover version as well. Just in case your daily commute features a bit of muddy field.

LOVE IT
  • Traditional German quality at a bargain price
  • Multiple engine choices in diesel or gasoline
  • World-beating fuel economy
LEAVE IT
  • Design could be seen as bland
  • Interior is a bit dark and boring
  • No hot hatch GTI or R model yet

Press Release

Volkswagen presented the latest iteration of the Polo in January. The new EU-6 engines as well as the new infotainment and assistance systems of the best-seller, in particular, have now taken huge strides forward in terms of technology. Background: The fuel consumption values were lowered by up to 21 per cent; the infotainment and assistance systems introduce the technology usually preserved for cars much larger than those of the Polo segment. Just one month after the debut of the classic “Trendline,” “Comfortline” and “Highline” Polo equipment versions, now come – as world premieres at the Geneva Motor Show – the Polo TSI BlueMotion, Polo TDI BlueMotion, Polo BlueGT and CrossPolo models. Moreover, Volkswagen is presenting the new R-Line exterior and interior packages for the Polo. The models at a glance:

Volkswagen Polo

Polo BlueMotion. Up to now, the Polo BlueMotion – one of the most efficient five-seat passenger cars in the world – was only available as a turbodiesel. Later this year, this trendsetter in terms of fuel-efficiency will also launch as a Polo TSI BlueMotion (66 kW / 90 PS) with a turbocharged petrol engine; this is the first time that Volkswagen has used this new three-cylinder engine. With a combined fuel consumption of 4.1 l/100 km, the Polo TSI BlueMotion sets a new benchmark for petrol cars in its class. The Polo TDI BlueMotion sets a record in the market for five-seat diesel cars: The three-cylinder engine (55 kW / 75 PS) consumes only 3.1 l/100 km.

Polo BlueGT. Thanks to the cylinder shut-off (ACT or active cylinder management) used exclusively for this engine, it offers maximum dynamic performance together with maximum fuel efficiency. And this performance has been boosted as well, since the new version of the Polo BlueGT now develops a maximum output of 110 kW / 150 PS instead of the previous 103 kW / 140 PS.

CrossPolo. This version addresses all those customers who appreciate an individual off-road appearance while maintaining consistent on-road qualities. The CrossPolo always has four doors. New colours, new seat materials, a new type of wheel and new smoked rear lights characterise the new 2014 model.

Polo R-Line packages. The R-Line programme delivers more dynamism. It is available in the Polo Comfortline and Polo Highline equipment versions. The R-Line features that are available as exterior and interior packages – for example bumpers, sports seats and steering wheels – were tuned for the latest Polo.

New levels of fuel-efficiency, comfort and safety. As indicated above, all new Polo cars – including the Polo TSI BlueMotion, Polo TDI BlueMotion, Polo BlueGT and CrossPolo models – offer a range of driving, convenience and safety technologies which is unique in this class: A new electro-mechanical servo steering system improves steering properties. Volkswagen will be at the starting line with the newly developed Sport Select suspension, which uses electronically controlled dampers so that drivers can choose between two tuning characteristics at the push of a button (not available on the Polo BlueMotion or CrossPolo). In tandem with this, assistance systems have been introduced into the Polo programme such as the standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (automatically initiates braking after a collision) and the optional Driver Alert System, Front Assist ambient traffic monitoring system with City Emergency Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The view towards the rear can now be sharpened by the optional Rear Assist rear view camera as well. Also new are the controls for the climate control system.

Volkswagen Polo

Progressive infotainment world. The infotainment line-up was also reconfigured. It consists of three radio/CD systems (“Composition Touch,” “Composition Colour,” “Composition Media”) and a radio/CD navigation system (“Discover Media”). Depending on the version, the devices offer functions such as Bluetooth audio streaming (with a smart phone, including cover display and touchscreen control), a proximity sensor (other menu details are shown when hand approaches the screen), two-finger map zooming in navigation mode (like on a smart phone) and interfacing of the mobile phone to the vehicle’s exterior antenna by inductive coupling. All systems can be equipped with digital radio reception (DAB+). In addition, special smart phone apps can be accessed on the touchscreen via MirrorLink™.

Details of the new Polo BlueMotion as TSI and TDI

World premiere of the 1.0 TSI with 95 PS. For the first time, there is an independent Volkswagen BlueMotion model with a petrol engine: the new Polo TSI BlueMotion. The drive – a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine – is a completely newly developed engine that will make its debut later this year. The three-cylinder engine outputs a powerful 70 kW / 95 PS. With a fuel consumption of 4.1 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 94 g/km, the Polo TSI BlueMotion sets new top values in the segment of five-seaters with petrol engines.

Volkswagen Polo

New TDI BlueMotion The Polo TDI BlueMotion also delivers top values. Its 55 kW / 75 PS turbodiesel direct-injection engine consumes only 3.1 l/100 km (82 g/km CO2), making this Polo the most fuel-efficient five-seat diesel car in the world. Compared to its already extremely efficient predecessor that had a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine, the fuel efficiency of the Polo has once more been increased by 0.2 l/100 km. The theoretical range of the Polo TDI BlueMotion with a 45-litre fuel tank and five-speed manual gearbox is 1,400 kilometres – a non-stop drive from Flensburg near Denmark to Venice in Italy!

Low air drag and rolling resistance. Air drag is reduced in the BlueMotion versions by the modified underbody, burnished radiator grille insert and the rear and front spoilers that have been perfected in terms of aerodynamics reduce the. Tyres optimised for low rolling resistance also contribute to the ground-breaking fuel-consumption values. The “Clearwater Blue Metallic” paint, exclusively mixed for these models, is one of the features that emphasises the sustainable talents of the Polo TSI BlueMotion and TDI BlueMotion. The 15-inch “Buenos Aires” alloy wheel is also exclusively reserved for the two Polo BlueMotion models. Individual seat covers and chrome adornments as well as leather-covered steering wheel, gear lever and parking brake lever add to a markedly high-class ambience in the interior of the BlueMotion.

The Polo BlueGT in detail

Volkswagen Polo

10 PS more with the same fuel economy. The Polo BlueGT offers a fascinating alliance of sportiness and fuel efficiency. As of now, its 1.4 litre TSI produces 110 kW / 150 PS (previously: 103 kW / 140 PS). Its maximum torque is 250 Nm and is available from just 1,500 rpm. This power reaches the front wheels via a 6-speed gearbox or optional 7-speed gearbox. Driving through the manual gearbox, the Polo BlueGT has a combined fuel consumption figure of 4.8 l/100 km (110 g/km CO2). With the 7-speed DSG, consumption is reduced further to 4.7 l/100 km (108 g/km CO2). This fuel efficiency contrasts with a 10 km/h boost in top speed, which is now 220 km/h.

Two of four deactivated. The outstanding technical feature of the BlueGT engine is the active cylinder management, or ACT. With this cylinder shut-off, Volkswagen deploys a technology that was previously only used in large eight- or twelve-cylinder engines. The temporary deactivation of the second and third cylinders under low and medium load conditions reduces the consumption in the EU driving cycle by 0.4 l/100 km. Fuel savings amount to as much as 1.0 l/100 km when driving at constant speed.

Body is 15 mm lower. The Polo BlueGT has its own distinctive exterior as well as interior features. From the outside, the BlueGT includes ex-factory newly designed and smoked tail lights, 17-inch aluminium wheels, a roof spoiler, modified bumper (at the rear with diffuser), side sills and a body that has been lowered by 15 mm. The interior has been upgraded by details such as the expanded content of the multifunction display (ACT indication), a cruise control system and front sport seats.

The new CrossPolo in detail

Volkswagen Polo

Designed for the urban environment. The upgraded CrossPolo achieves an independent off-road character by such features as an underbody protection panel on the front and rear bumpers, offset in silver, as well as black covers on the wheel arches, sills and doors. The door mirror housings are painted in silver, regardless of the car colour, and the matching silver anodised roof rails, make for an extra portion of sportiness. In addition, two new metallic colours (“Honey Orange” and “Titanium Beige”) as well as new 17-inch “Canyon” style alloy wheels complete the range of equipment features in the latest CrossPolo model. Classy: the new design of the smoked rear lights.

All included. In addition, exclusive fabrics, designed especially for this Polo, enhance the value of the CrossPolo, which is equipped with sport seats, H7 headlights (optionally: bi-xenon) and fog lights as standard. The newly designed steering wheel as well as gear and parking brake lever are trimmed in leather; contrasting colour seams enhance the high-value interior ambience that, like the new instrument cluster, has a two-colour scheme with a “tubes” look and applications in matt chrome. The CrossPolo can be ordered with three petrol and three diesel engines, which cover a power range from 55 kW / 75 PS to 81 kW / 110 PS. In Germany, two petrol engines and two diesels are offered, because the power range there starts at 66 kW / 90 PS; this autumn another TSI will follow as well. All engines are equipped with stop-start system and battery regeneration mode, and they all conform to the EU-6 emission standard.

Polo R-Line packages in detail

Volkswagen Polo

Strong presence. Volkswagen R GmbH has conceived for the Polo Comfortline and Polo Highline a new exterior and interior package as part of the R-Line programme. The 16-inch “Salvador” alloy wheels are also new in the programme; so there are a total of five R-Line alloy wheels for the Polo (two 16-inch and three 17-inch wheels).

R-Line exterior. As outlined above, the R-Line packages have been newly put together. Consider the exterior: Here, designers have developed a new, high-gloss radiator grille with R-Line logo for the Polo; the bottom air inlet screen, which is, like the radiator grille, painted in a high-gloss black, was also redesigned. The “Salvador” alloy wheel is also a new feature that completes the exterior package. More details of the exterior package include bumpers in R-Line design (with integrated fog lights in the front, including cornering lights), wider side sills, an R-Line diffuser in the rear, a customised roof spoiler and chrome-plated tailpipe trims (if visible, depending on the engine).

R-Line interior. The interior has been modified even more substantially. Volkswagen R GmbH has newly created the sport seats in R-Line cover in the “Race/San Remo” design (optionally “Leather/Alcantara”) with R-Line logo, newly designed multifunction sport steering wheel, “small leather package” (gear lever and parking brake lever) and floor mats. Contrasting seams in “Crystal Grey” are used with all these features. The black roofliner, black panels and frames around centre console and air nozzles, R-Line door sill plates and stainless-steel pedal caps have been retained from the previous model.


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