The engines pulling this decidedly more inviting interior around are three-cylinder 999cc petrols of 64bhp, 74bhp, 95bhp and 113bhp, the last two turbocharged. A 197bhp GTI is coming. There are two diesels of 79bhp and 94bhp, although VW doesn’t expect much demand here. Instead, the best-seller will likely be the 94bhp petrol when the new Polo is available to order this October for January deliveries, prices starting at £13,500.
This engine issues a soft but noticeable three-cylinder throb at low revs, along with decently solid thrust that makes it easy to drive, if not quick. It’s relaxing, too, the air of quiet excellent. Ride comfort it was hard to judge on Germany’s millpond roads, but the odd lump suggests adequate rather than outstanding absorbency. Despite its slightly more dynamic demeanour the Polo certainly isn’t a car to encourage cornering for the joy of it, but there are no obvious flaws in its direction changing abilities.
Instead, it feels very mature, which is no surprise given its enlargement, that it relies on the hardware of bigger cars and that VW has made a major (and largely successful) effort to invest it with the fit, finish and ambience of pricier models. And yes, it’s easy to imagine wanting this Polo for itself, rather than for it being a shrunken Golf.
Engines: 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol
Transmission: 5-spd manual except 113bhp 1.0 litre/front-wheel drive
Bhp/lb ft: 64bhp/70lb ft, 74bhp/70lb ft, 93bhp/129lb ft 1.0 litre
0-62mph: 15.5sec/14.9sec/10.8sec (64bhp, 74bhp, 93bhp 1.0 litre petrol)
Top speed: 102mph/106mph/116mph (64bhp, 74bhp, 93bhp 1.0 litre petrol)
Price as tested: £13,500-18,000