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The seven-speed DSG 'box is a great addition to the Polo range

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Polo

The fifth-generation Volkswagen Polo has junior Golf looks, but is that enough?

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1 October 2009

Fiesta has 'a more dated' 4-speed gearbox?? It's absolutely out of place in a modern car and miles behind this DSG box.

1 October 2009

[quote JackB]Fiesta has 'a more dated' 4-speed gearbox?? It's absolutely out of place in a modern car and miles behind this DSG box.[/quote]

Agreed - that Ford would even consider offering the appalling 4 speed unit attached to the 1.4 is a joke. The North American market is apparently due to get the 1.6 with a new "powershift" 6 speed gearbox (like the DSG). The European market desperately needs that box from the Fiesta.

84bhp is disappointing from a 1.4 and I've never quite forgiven the VW Polo 1.4s that had so much trouble in the late 90s and early 00s (blown head gaskets were quite common). The 1.2TSI should be pick of the range, unless they come out with a 1.0TSI.

1 October 2009

Why do Autocar road testers persist in saying it's counter-intuitive to push a lever forward to go faster and pull it to go slower? One-track minds because they are hopping from one car to another. Used a DSG box for three years and had no problems.

1 October 2009

£13,575 list but £17,205 as tested.........ouch! Waste of money.

1 October 2009

I drove this car on Tuesday, and can agree on the same findings by the author. The 84bhp feels like enough, and 'Sport' mode is surprisingly just that. It even sounds more sporting than you might think.

The SEL-trimmed cars look the part, too, and test cars featured the 17-inch optional alloy wheels, which when added to the touchscreen sat-nav and leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel, all no doubt added to that £17k price.

Yes, it's too much money for a non-proper sporting Polo such as a GTI, but it all made it very desirable. The basic SEL price of £14k still seems a little steep, but is a little more palatable. Besides, Polos have always been at the premium end of the market. It might not look as avantgarde as a (more expensive with the recent price rises) Fiesta, but who cares? I know which I'd rather have, and it's not the Ford. - the new online resource for the Volkswagen Polo

1 October 2009

Whether it's £13,575 or £17,205, it seems an outrageous amount of money for a very small, very lethargic car. VW are to be congratulated on every sap they find to buy one; I bet they can't believe their luck. Ah, the crazy world of 'premium', I love it...

  • Let depreciation be your friend...

1 October 2009

Good car, decent value for money when compared to overpriced rivals such as the Mini, Corsa and Fiesta. However I doubt SEL and DSG will be popular choices, its going to be the three lower trims, 1.2 engines and manual gearbox that the bulk of sales will be for.

2 October 2009

[quote polodriver] - the new online resource for the Volkswagen Polo[/quote]

Really good site that, I assume its yours? Much better than UK-Polos and Club-Polo IMO, well done.

2 October 2009

Thanks for that - yes it is. Only live with awareness this week while I've been populating it. Hope it can become bigger and better! - the new online resource for the Volkswagen Polo

22 November 2009

As someone has pointed out, the semi-auto gear shift mode is not 'counter-intuitive'.

I've just test-driven this Polo about an hour ago, and the car was very responsive in semi-auto, shifting like a Peugeot 207 Tiptronic, but better. Up for more go, pull back to downshift, easy and very intuitive.

Engine has a nice snarl, too. SuperTuning the ECU would bring out the real beastiness, no?


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