The seventh generation of the VW Polo has to do without economical diesels. It had been foreseeable for a long time that expensive exhaust gas cleaning could no longer be economically integrated into the small car segment. This is no reason to be sad, because the gasoline engines, all of which are offered as three-cylinder engines, should be (almost) just as economical. And for those who really want an alternative drive, there is a natural gas engine that automatically switches to petrol when the gas tank is empty.
If you look at the history of the small car once developed by Audi as the Audi 50 and launched in 1975 as the VW Polo, the development from the relatively primitive beginning to the present day is a gigantic leap in technology and design. Despite all the technical simplicity of the first version, the Polo was a successful model from the start, of which 18 million have been built in different variants (as a coupé, station wagon and notchback). And the 60 hp of the early days became up to 200 hp in the Polo VI GTI (2017). Not to forget the numerous successes in rally sport, where the dwarf with 272 hp won twelve titles in the FIA World Rally Championship and took home over 100 victories in the customer racing program. An impressive model story that is now starting a new chapter.
Small car with a big design
The new Polo is undoubtedly one of the automotive design highlights, and even one of the very best in its segment. Somehow there is nothing left of the small car. In other words: the four-door has remained compact, but has become very mature and has an impressive presence. The fact that it is still more than a little Golf brother is due to the brilliantly individually shaped outer skin and in part also to the eight centimeters in outer length. Striking details, an elegant side view and a dynamic face that manifests design performance at its best with its broad impact. Design quality is particularly evident in small cars, simply because more expression and formal character have to be accommodated in a smaller area, in a smaller volume than in a five-meter limousine.
Technical progress is also becoming popular in small cars
The crossbar in the radiator grille as an LED light strip conveys breadth and presence. In general, the LED equipment front and rear is part of the technological charisma of the new Polo. This includes numerous systems that we have so far only found in higher segments of the automotive range. There is the "IQ.Drive Travel Assist", which allows up to 210 km / h partially automated driving (distance control, lane keeping assistant Lane Assist), the digital cockpit with an 8-inch display, an infotainment system of the latest generation, a Climate control that can be controlled via touch surfaces, Bluetooth interface and, and, and. Much is already available in the basic equipment. The equipment lines “Polo”, “Life”, “Style”, “R-Line” and “GTI” meet every individual requirement. Basically, it can be said that the new Polo does what VW has promised: the “democratization” of sophisticated technologies. Even if the term is wrongly chosen, affordable popularization, making technological advances available in small cars is a good development. Especially in terms of security.
The overall technological progress is gigantic. In the first generation of the model, who would have thought that the Polo could recognize traffic signs, park automatically, apply automatic emergency braking, recognize whether the driver is tired or whether the vehicle's surroundings are being observed? All of this and much more can be found in the new Polo.
The engine range with only three cylinders and one liter displacement and five petrol engines ranges from 80 to 110 hp. The natural gas engine has an output of 90 hp and automatically switches to petrol operation when the gas in the safe high-pressure tank is used up.
The new Polo will undoubtedly continue its success. Even thrifty customers will be pleased that its base price should be below 16.000 euros. The new Polo will also come up with other, more powerful engines in the coming years. We don't (yet) know whether there will be super-powerful variants with well over 200 hp again. Because more powerful engines consume more and burden the average fleet consumption required by the EU.