The new Volkswagen Polo has gone on sale priced between £11,100 and £19,715.
Under the bonnet a range of new engines power the new Polo, with two three cylinder 1.0 litre units producing 60 or 75bhp, and two four pot 1.2 litre TSI that pump out 90 or 110bhp joining the current 1.4 TSI.
The formerly diesel powered uber-efficient Bluemotion model will now be powered by a 68.9mpg turbocharged version of the 1.0 petrol, producing 90bhp, but remaining free of road tax by producing just 94 g/km of CO2.
For fans of oil burners two new three-cylinder 1.4-litre TDI engines replace the former 1.2 and 1.6 diesels.
New electro-mechanical power steering is added, which VW claim will improve both handling and efficiency.
Volkswagen describe the styling updates as “subtle but effective”, and they extend to a chrome insert above the fog lights and new LED headlamps, which VW claim are the first in the class.
Inside the cabin receives a silver-tinted makeover, a new steering wheel and a redesigned dash. Central to the new cabin is the touchscreen “modular infotainment system” carried over from the Golf.
The Polo comes in five different trim levels, S, SE, SE Design, SEL and BlueGT.
The basic S, priced from £11,000, comes with a 6-speaker Composition Audio System with 5.0-inch colour touchscreen, SD card reader, DAB radio and USB and aux-in connections, height-adjustable driver’s seat, illuminated vanity mirrors, cup holders, and ‘gloss black’ interior highlights as standard.
Another £1,400 will buy the SE, which adds 15-inch ‘Lyon’ alloy wheels, a chrome-trimmed front air intake, body-coloured door handles and electrically adjustable door mirrors, a leather-trimmed three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, multi-function trip computer, remote locking and an alarm with interior protection, manual air conditioning and a Composition Media System with 6.5-inch colour touchscreen.
SE Design adds 16-inch ‘Portago’ alloy wheels, black gloss radiator grille and door mirror caps, front fog lights, dark-tinted tail lights and rear windows; and LED number-plate illumination. Inside, there is ‘Pyramid’ cloth upholstery with a choice of light-coloured ‘Ceramique’ or darker-coloured ‘Palladium Grey’ panels, and ‘Ceramique’ fabric inserts in the doors for another £1,000.
The SEL adds 16-inch ‘Rivazza’ alloy wheels; front fog lights; tinted rear-windows; illuminated front footwells , front centre armrest with storage compartment and front and rear parking sensors from £16,120.00.
The top of the range BlueGT adds 17-inch ‘Montani’ alloy wheels and 15 mm lower sport suspension and styling kit, including side skirts and unique bumpers, gloss black radiator grille and door mirror caps. Inside are sports seats from ‘BlueSpeed’ cloth with Alcantara bolsters and a black roof lining. An XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling is standard, as is cruise control and a Driver Alert System.
First cars are expected to be delivered in July and the initial offerings will be followed by the frugal Bluemotion later in 2014.