That’s why VW’s designers have been given free reign to rid the Polo of its blandness, taking inspiration from the Scirocco coupe rather than the Golf. And it’s paid off: the new Polo looks sharp and classy.
Under the bonnet things are equally interesting. All engines are up to 20% more fuel-efficient, and three are brand new to the range – a smoother common rail 1.2 and 1.6 diesel and, star of the range, a small 1.2 TSI that generates a healthy 104bhp and helps the Polo crack 60 in less than 10 seconds.
A headline-grabbing BlueMotion will also come on sale next year that will average an incredible 85.5mpg while emitting just 87g/km. A GTI version has also been confirmed; expect at least 170bhp from its turbocharged and supercharged 1.4.