High-riding, body-kitted Polo unveiled - but won't be coming to UK
3 March 2010

The new VW Cross Polo has been unveiled - but it will not go on sale in the UK.

The car is essentially a higher-riding, body-kitted version of the standard Polo with a more rugged, off-road look.

See the official VW Cross Polo pics

The five-door-only car sits 15mm higher than the standard car. There is a choice of three petrol and three diesel engines, ranging in power from 69bhp to 104bhp. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, but three of the engines can be ordered with a seven-speed DSG gearbox as an option.

Styling tweaks include restyled front and bumpers, wheel arch extensions, roof rails and 17-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels.

As in the standard car, the rear seat splits 60/40, and load capacity increases from 280 to 952 litres when the seat backs are folded flat.

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22 February 2010

Exactly what kind of loser would want one of these? Are they trying to attract buyers of the hateful Rover Streetwise? "Look at me taking a walk on the wild side! It's what? Snowing? Ooh no, far to dangerous to go out...."

22 February 2010

Why won't it go on sale in the UK? The CrossGolf and previous Cross Polo did, albeit rebranded as Golf Plus Dune and Polo Dune respectivly.

23 February 2010

There are many people to whom a little extra ground clearance and body protection would be useful. This car offers that without the need to pay for a 4x4.

23 February 2010

This is true, if you spend much time in the National Parks the ground clearance for the sump is a big help. Plus, this is nothing like that sad old Rover Streetwise, that car looked awful even without the awful body cladding it got. The Polo looks fine. Shame the Cross Touran never came to the UK, looks much better than the standard car.

23 February 2010

[quote J400uk]Why won't it go on sale in the UK? The CrossGolf and previous Cross Polo did, albeit rebranded as Golf Plus Dune and Polo Dune respectivly.[/quote]

Volkswagen only sold around 400 a year I think, but that didn't stop it being a welcome part of the Polo range.

Lowly engines aside, PoloDriver thinks this looks great, and would look better in the traditional (and available) Magma Orange, as used on the last model.

23 February 2010

[quote polodriver]

Volkswagen only sold around 400 a year I think, but that didn't stop it being a welcome part of the Polo range.

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I've never admitted it to anybody, until now but I always thought the old Polo Dune was the best looking model in the range. There, I've come out.

23 February 2010

[quote J400uk]Why won't it go on sale in the UK? The CrossGolf and previous Cross Polo did, albeit rebranded as Golf Plus Dune and Polo Dune respectivly.[/quote]

When the CrossGolf was launched in Europe VW UK claimed that it wouldn't go on sale here, then it did albeit in very limited numbers. Should we expect a similar U-turn, I hope so I think it looks a lot smarter than the Polo A04 variant Polo Dune and offers a bit more practicality to those needing a little extra ride height.

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23 February 2010

[quote J400uk]Why won't it go on sale in the UK?[/quote] Maybe because VW Group wants you to buy the Scout versions of their various Skodas? The market for these things isn't huge and the Polo is quite pricey already, so good-looking or not, the number of customers is probably pretty limited - and now they've got the Mini Countryman and Nissan Juke to choose from too.

23 February 2010

Panda Cross: half the money (probably) but twice the ability. Not that anyone considering a VW would even consider such a thing; imagine? A FIAT?

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5 June 2010

the polo's probably the only volkswagen id ever consider buying. btw, how much must you earn to have this car? i still need to see more reviews and comments about the car parts, features and specs before i buy.

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