New engines, standard equipment and exterior changes announced for the VW Polo.
Volkswagen has given us details and images of the new Polo that will go on sale in the summer of 2014. The supermini benefits from changes ‘inside and out’, including safety technologies borrowed from the Golf, new engines and a few cosmetic tweaks.
New petrol engines will be available in the form of a 1.0-litre MPI lump with either 60 (59bhp) or 75PS (74bhp) and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder TSI with either 90 (89bhp) or 110PS (109bhp). The 1.4-litre TSI with cylinder deactivation now outputs 150PS (148bhp) – an increase of 10PS.
The diesel Polo BlueMotion has been replaced with the petrol BlueMotion TSI. Provisional figures for the 1.0-litre state 68.9mpg and 94g/km of CO2 emissions, with power at 90PS (89bhp). The 1.2 TDI and 1.6-litre TDI have been replaced by three 3-cylinder 1.4-litre TDI engines of differing power.
The TDI BlueMotion is now even more frugal, thanks to an increase in fuel efficiency of 5mpg to 88mpg, while CO2 emissions have dropped by 6g/km to 82g/km.
A Polo GTI with 192PS (189bhp) – an increase of 12bhp – will be available next year for those who care more about performance.
Automatic post-collision braking to keep reduce the chance of a second impact in the event of a crash is standard on all Polo models as well as new electro-mechanical steering. Optional equipment usually reserved for the Golf includes driver alert, a rear camera, automatic cruise control and front assist with city emergency braking for helping you stop at low speeds.
There’s also the option of ‘Sport Select’ adaptive dampers that make it possible to swap between two different suspension settings and LED headlights.
Aesthetical changes include a redesigned front bumper and grille, chrome between the front fog lights and a choice of five new alloy wheel designs. On the inside the instruments have been redesigned, the centre console refreshed and a new steering wheel added.
VW has said the price will remain the same as the current model, which means prices starting from £10,770 for the entry-level Polo S.
The new VW Polo will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014 and will go on sale shortly after.
2013 VW Polo images