Test Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI 95 CV DSG Sport (with video)

Test Volkswagen Polo

43 years go a long way. At that age, not only have we humans already grown and matured, but some vehicles that began their commercialization back in the 70s have also had time to do so. This is what the guys from Wolfsburg have shown us with the sixth generation of its B-segment model, the Volkswagen Polo.

Its main novelty is the MQB A0 platform. The German utility has been developed around it, and shares it with another model of the Volkswagen Group, the Seat Ibiza. Other elements that also stand out are the new digital instrumentation panel and increased dimensions that will have a direct impact on an improvement in habitability.

More sporty and aggressive

Despite not differing excessively from the previous generation, the new Volkswagen Polo now has more marked lines, something that we can see even in other models of the German group, and that accentuate the stylized and sporty character that it intends to convey.

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The front has a more aggressive look, with numerous sharp lines and the absence of undulations, something that extends to its entire body. The new front grille stands out with a trim on its upper part and four ribs that go up the entire hood. In the Sport finish, the new Polo has fog lights. Our unit incorporated halogen optics instead of the LED ones, which are offered as an option.

Continuing along the side, we find a characteristic line in most Volkswagen models that runs through both sides, starting from the optics located in the front to the rear lights. In the Polo, this oblique straight line is divided in two and gives it a sportier appearance. In the Sport finish, on the other hand, tinted rear windows will be available.

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The rear is perhaps the most conservative part of the entire design of the new Polo. It differs very little from the previous generation, although it does incorporate new optics, available in LED in some finishes. At the top, we will find a small spoiler, and at the bottom, a black plastic molding that hides the exhaust pipe.

conservator inside

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For better or worse, a widespread practice within most car manufacturers is to use the same design patterns for the interior of their vehicles. Here Volkswagen follows this line, and the interior of the Volkswagen Polo will seem very familiar to us with what is seen in other models of the range of the German firm.

In the absence of news that surprises us, Volkswagen's interior design is understated and everything is where it should be. Starting with the steering wheel, it contains the necessary buttons to interact with both the TFT screen of the analog instrument panel –the Digital Cockpit is an extra for which we will have to pay €375– that will show us information about the journey, as well as consumption or the song that is playing, as well as with the 8-inch touch screen in the center console.

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This screen is located in a correct position, since it is in the upper part of the dashboard, which will prevent us from misleading the view of the road too much. The test unit incorporates the Composition Media system, which despite not having a navigation system –available in the Discover Media system which costs €760 as an extra-, offers the possibility of connecting our phone through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, so the absence of maps will be solved thanks to the smartphone. On the other hand, its operation is simple and intuitive.

The dashboard is made up of hard parts made of plastic, such as the gray trim where the touch screen is located, as well as moderately padded parts on the top and bottom. The perceived quality of the dashboard finish is quite good, we have not heard strange creaks despite being made of mostly plastic. On the other hand, we miss better padding in the lower part of the center console, where our knee will sit, since in sporty driving –and the version is called Sport– is something to be thankful for.

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The Volkswagen Polo has enough storage holes, starting with a glasses holder located on the roof, at the height of the courtesy lights, as well as a hole with two USB ports to leave our mobile phone and the typical glove compartments of the doors, both driver and passenger. Already in the location of the handbrake, we also find two cup holders, as well as an armrest with a small hole inside.

Its great strong point, habitability

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If there is something that has really suited the Volkswagen Polo, it is the incorporation of the new MQB A0 platform., not only for gaining in dynamism, but also in interior space. This novelty allows you to enjoy the habitability of a C-segment vehicle, not only in the seats, both front and rear, but it has also increased its available capacity for the trunk.

Starting with the front seats, the driving position, as well as the passenger position, enjoy a good space and have manual depth and height adjustment, as well as the steering wheel, which also incorporates both adjustments. The driving position is comfortable, leaving all the necessary elements in a situation close to the driver. The seats collect well thanks to accentuated sides.

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It is in the rear seats where the evolution of this new generation of the Volkswagen Polo will be evident.. Two people of 1,80 will be able to travel in total comfort on long journeys, and will enjoy free space both in terms of legs and in height of about four fingers, enough distance not to be overwhelmed or wedged in the rear of the German utility vehicle. As is common in models of this segment, the central square is testimonial and will be useful on occasional journeys. The rear does not have an air outlet, an element that is available in other models in the segment. A negative aspect is the transmission tunnel -existing because the MQB A0 platform is used in models that have all-wheel drive- that will annoy whoever is sitting in the center seat.

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Another of the great beneficiaries is its trunk. Of totally cubic forms and without any strange hole, its load capacity is 350 litres, one of the best on the market along with the figure of the Seat Ibiza, with whom it shares a platform. If the rear seats are folded down, the available volume increases to 1.125 liters, a considerable figure considering that the Volkswagen Polo is a B-segment utility.

Engines and finishes

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The mechanical range of the Volkswagen Polo covers the needs of practically all possible users of the German utility. It has atmospheric and turbocharged engines and their configurations vary between three and four cylinders. In addition, an alternative version that uses natural gas, called TGI, is also available. Only the 1.0 and 2.0 TSI engines incorporate a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission in the Advance, Sport and GTI finishes. Neither version has all-wheel drive.

Version/Engine Fuel Power
Version/Engine Fuel Power
1.0 Petrol 65 CV
1.0 Petrol 75 CV
1.0 TSI Petrol 75 CV
1.0 TSI Petrol 95 CV
1.0 TSI Petrol 115 CV
2.0 TSI Petrol 200 CV
1.6 TDI Diesel oil 80 CV
1.6 TDI Diesel oil 95 CV
1.0 TGI Natural Gas-Gasoline 90 CV

As for finishes, the Volkswagen Polo has four trim levels. Starting with the most basic, there are Edition, Advance and Sport, the most powerful and complete version being the GTI, which has a 2.0 horsepower 200 TSI engine exclusive to this finish. Our test unit was equipped with the Sport package, the sportiest and most complete excluding the GTI.

1.0 TSI of 95 horses, the versatility made motor

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The engine that we have had the opportunity to test is a 1.0 three-cylinder direct injection and turbocharged, which is capable of developing 95 horsepower between 5.000 and 5.500 revolutions and 175 Nm of torque available between 2.000 and 3.500 revolutions. With these figures and a weight of 1.180 kilograms, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 10,8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 187 km/h.

This engine stands out above all for the null noise at useful revolutions (3.000 rpm), which make us forget that we circulate with a three-cylinder propeller. Its behavior is elastic, with a significant thrust at low revolutions -due to the use of the turbo- and it is one of the best options to use it on a day-to-day basis.

Consumption

Its approved mixed consumption is 4,7 l/100 km, a figure that is very far from the one measured by us. Although its figures are not high for a car of these characteristics, the values ​​offered by the brand do not resemble those obtained in our test.

Version urban consumption Extra-urban consumption Average consumption
Version urban consumption Extra-urban consumption Average consumption
Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI Measured 7.2 l / 100 km 5.7 l / 100 km 6.2 l / 100 km
Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI Approved 5.8 l / 100 km 4.1 l / 100 km 4.7 l / 100 km

Goodbye understeer

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Dynamically, the Volkswagen Polo with the Sport finish surprises for good. The use of the MQB-A0 platform has increased its dimensions, which normally translates into a better weight distribution. Being wider and longer, it is more stable on twisty roads, and its set-up, which is oriented towards comfort with small touches of sportiness, make the car behave plumb on this type of road. Some understeer can be seen slightly, but it has been improved over other generations. In urban situations, the car is capable of filtering well the irregularities of the pavement, as well as the bumps that populate our country.

The address of the Volkswagen Polo allows you to maneuver perfectly with the German utility vehicle around the city, environment through which he moves with ease. Its turning radius is correct, and thanks to its length, it will be quite easy to park with it, despite not having automatic parking assistance, called Park Assist, for which the user will have to pay an extra 590 euros.

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On the other hand, the 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox is quick and responsive both on urban roads and in sporty driving. It should be noted a somewhat delayed operation in acceleration from a standstill, but this situation may be due more to the lag suffered by the Volkswagen Polo's turbocharged engine. It is something that can be corrected by placing the gear lever in the S -Sport- position in which the engine is revved to prepare for this type of situation.

Leaving aside this operation from a standstill, the turbocharged 1-cylinder XNUMX-litre engine is probably the best option for those looking for a more than capable propellant in the day to day in urban environments, as well as for fun on twisty roads, since despite the fact that it has 95 horses, which in principle may seem scarce, they move with ease the 1.180 kilograms of the Volkswagen Polo.

Conclusion

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The Volkswagen Polo is presented as one of the best options within a more than close B segment. The habitability and the great performance of its 95-horsepower engine are its two best assets to win over your future users. Its main rivals are the SEAT Ibiza, with whom it shares a platform, and the Ford Fiesta for equipment and price.

The tested unit incorporated the Sport finish. As a personal opinion, we would have liked it to have had the Digital Cockpit navigation box, which we believe is essential for the cost price –375 Euros-, and the Discover Media system, which adds a browser to the infotainment system, although this deficiency can be remedied thanks to the use of our smartphone and Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

Equipment of the Volkswagen Polo

Edition

  • city ​​emergency brake
  • Front Assist with pedestrian detection
  • Hill start aid
  • Heated mirrors
  • Start-Stop function
  • Radio Composition Color
  • Puncture kit

Advance

  • Add to Edition:
  • On-board computer with multifunction display
  • Electrically adjustable mirrors
  • Leather steering wheel, knob and handbrake
  • 6 Speakers
  • Touch screen of 8 inches
  • Radio Composition Media
  • 15-inch Sassari alloy wheels

Sport

  • Add to Advance:
  • ACC active cruise control
  • Fatigue detector
  • Fog lights with turning light
  • Comfort-sport front seats
  • Climatronic air conditioning
  • front armrest
  • 16-inch Las Minas alloy wheels

Volkswagen Polo prices

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Version Motor Fuel Change Traction Price
Version Motor Fuel Change Traction Price
1.0 Edition 65 CV Petrol manual 5v Lead 14.745 €
1.0 Edition 75 CV Petrol manual 5v Lead 15.305 €
Advance 1.0TSI 75 CV Petrol manual 5v Lead 16.055 €
Advance 1.0TSI 95 CV Petrol manual 5v Lead 17.035 €
Sports 1.0 TSI 95 CV Petrol manual 5v Lead 17.795 €
Sports 1.0 TSI 115 CV Petrol manual 5v Lead 18.495 €
Advance 1.0TSI 95 CV Petrol automatic 7v Lead 18.705 €
Advance 1.6 TDI 80 CV Diesel oil manual 5v Lead 19.325 €
Sports 1.0 TSI 95 CV Petrol automatic 7v Lead 19.465 €
Edition 1.0 TGI 90 CV Natural Gas+Gasoline manual 6v Lead 19.625 €
Advance 1.6 TDI 95 CV Diesel oil manual 6v Lead 19.735 €
Sports 1.0 TSI 115 CV Petrol automatic 7v Lead 20.165 €
Sports 1.6 TDI 95 CV Diesel oil manual 6v Lead 20.485 €
GTI 200 CV Petrol automatic 7v Lead 25.090 €

Editor's opinion

Volkswagen Polo Sport 1.0 95 HP
  • Editor's rating
  • 4.5 star rating
14.745 a 25.090
  • 80%

  • Volkswagen Polo Sport 1.0 95 HP
  • Review of:
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  • Exterior design
    Publisher: 85%
  • interior design
    Publisher: 80%
  • front seats
    Publisher: 95%
  • rear seats
    Publisher: 90%
  • Trunk
    Publisher: 90%
  • Spring Suspension
    Publisher: 85%
  • Consumption
    Publisher: 80%
  • Comfort
    Publisher: 80%
  • Price
    Publisher: 65%

Pros

  • very versatile engine
  • DSG gearbox
  • habitability

Cons

  • interior plastics
  • Absence of navigator in Sport finish
  • Absence of Digital Cockpit in Sport finish as standard

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