With 11 million sold over the last 34 years, the Volkswagen Polo supermini has undoubtedly been a huge success. But in the process it has earned a reputation for being safe, sturdy and dull.
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.