New bigger Volkswagen Polo breaks cover

Volkswagen says that the new six generation Polo has been completely redesigned. It says that it features a more charismatic design with greater cabin and boot space. It also promises more efficient engines and pioneering driver assistance systems previously reserved for the Golf and Passat class. It is due to arrive here before the end of this year.

Including all different versions of the Polo, there has been sold over 16 million units worldwide. The sixth generation has a new exterior design, all with four doors and VW says that it appears sportier and more grown up.

Volkswagen has unveiled the new Polo – pictured is the upmarket GTi 1 version

At the same time, it says that the new Polo has been made bigger than its predecessor in every dimension. As a result, it claims to offer more space for driver and passengers, plus significantly increased boot volume, which has gone up by over 25 per cent, from 280 to 351 litres.

Volkswagen says that in addition to the three standard Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trim lines, and the sporty top model, the Polo GTI 1 (delivering 200 PS), provide added variety. The German carmaker says that even the base version of the new Polo, the Trendline, has standard features such as LED daytime running lights with coming-home and leaving-home functions, a speed limiter and the ‘Front Assist’ area monitoring system with ‘City Emergency Braking’ and ‘Pedestrian Monitoring’.

In addition, the Polo is the first Volkswagen and first Group model at all in which a new generation of the ‘Active Info Display’ is available. The functionality and ease of use of the digital instruments are something completely new in this segment. At the same time, the Polo has been given the latest generation of infotainment systems with display diagonals ranging from 6.5 to 8.0 inches – glass-encased devices that are as sophisticated as high-end smartphones, giving the interior a technical, clear look. No details of which spec levels will get the Active Info Display and latest infotainment systems were available.

A large range of new colours join the total of 14, and twelve wheel options (14- to 18-inch, some painted in contrasting colour), dash-pads in a multitude of decors and eleven different seat covers should help make the Polo more colourful and more individual.

We are told that a number of Euro 6 engines being used phase by phase. The range of power output options at the start of sales will extend from 65 PS to 150 PS. For Ireland, we are being told that there will be a choice of four petrol and two diesel engines, all equipped as standard with start/stop system and regenerative braking mode. And every engine with a power output of 90 PS or above can be combined with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG) option.

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