Latest CrossPolo gets off-road styling and up to 108bhp, joins 91mpg BlueMotion model as part of expanded new Polo line-up
4 March 2014

The new Volkswagen CrossPolo has been revealed. The compact front-wheel-drive crossover mirrors the look of its predecessor, and comes with an off-road inspired body kit. It has made its debut at the Geneva motor show.

Styling upgrades over the standard Polo include new bumpers with silver accents, cladding within the wheelhouses, along the sills and lower sections of the bumpers, silver exterior mirror housings, roof rails and new 17-inch wheels.

The CrossPolo will initially be produced with three petrol and three diesel engines ranging from 74bhp through to 108bhp. The CrossPolo will not be sold in the UK.

Elsewhere, Volkswagen has also revealed more variants in its expanded Polo line-up, which features new EU6 emission-compliant engines, revised exterior and interior styling, chassis enhancements in the form of a new electronic steering system and adaptive damping control and improved radar-touting safety features.

The Polo TSI BlueMotion is powered by Volkswagen’s new 94bhp turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine. In combination with optimised aerodynamics and low rolling resistance 15-inch tyres, it provides the first-ever BlueMotion model to be petrol-powered and yields official combined cycle consumption of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 94g/km.

Even more economical is the new Polo TDI BlueMotion, which receives similar aerodynamic and rolling resistance measures. Rather than using the 74bhp turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine of its predecessor, it now runs a new 74bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre three-cylinder common-rail diesel unit that's claimed to return a remarkable 91.1mpg on the combined cycle. Volkswagen cites average CO2 emissions of just 82g/km. With a standard 45-litre tank, it boasts a theoretical range of over 900 miles.

Notably more sporting is the new mid-range Polo BlueGT. Positioned beneath the Polo GTI, it receives a number of individual styling touches over the standard Polo including more structured bumpers, wider sills, a spoiler above the rear tailgate, 17-inch wheels and tyres and a 15mm-lower ride height.

Under the bonnet of the new BlueGT is a reworked version of the older model’s turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine packing an additional 10bhp, at 148bhp. Boasting a cylinder cut-off mechanism that closes down the middle two combustion chambers on part throttle at low speeds, it claims to offer marginal fuel savings over the old BlueGT, with the standard six-speed manual rated at 58.8mpg and 110g/km.

The Polo's R-Line styling package has also been revised in line with changes to the facelifted line-up. Available on a wide range of Polo models, it receives a high-gloss grille insert, a re-profiled front bumper with newly designed air ducts and integrated fog lamps, wider sills, a more prominent spoiler above the rear tailgate, new rear bumper with diffuser, chromed tail pipes and either 16-inch or 17-inch wheels.

Both hybrid and CNG variants of the new Polo are also planned to enter production next year. The standard car goes on sale in the UK in April.

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26 February 2014
VW have sinned quite a bit recently in this regard, both for engines and transmissions.

26 February 2014
I like the ironic combination of off road body kit and 17" wheels shod with rubber bands.

 

26 February 2014
Leslie Brook wrote:

I like the ironic combination of off road body kit and 17" wheels shod with rubber bands.

My thoughts entirely. Cross versions of cars seem to sell well but should this car meet snow/mud it will perform far worse than the basic Polo shod with 14in wheels and 70 section rubber. They will also generate excessive road noise and damage what should be an even better ride from the longer travel suspension. Looks good though. Sigh.

26 February 2014
Rover really were ahead of their time

26 February 2014
SuperStevie, you beat me to it, the Streetwise was the first of its generation, and did sell very well, unfortunately not well enough, the SW was a really pretty car and carried its height well, unlike similar Polo and C3 did at that time.

26 February 2014
jonboy4969 wrote:

SuperStevie, you beat me to it, the Streetwise was the first of its generation, and did sell very well, unfortunately not well enough, the SW was a really pretty car and carried its height well, unlike similar Polo and C3 did at that time.

Not entirely, you could argue that it is an idea borrowed from Autobianchi and the FIAT Panda 4x4.

26 February 2014
marj wrote:
jonboy4969 wrote:

SuperStevie, you beat me to it, the Streetwise was the first of its generation, and did sell very well, unfortunately not well enough, the SW was a really pretty car and carried its height well, unlike similar Polo and C3 did at that time.

Not entirely, you could argue that it is an idea borrowed from Autobianchi and the FIAT Panda 4x4.

I know its slightly larger, but what about the Matra Rancho? I always liked the look of it, but it never gets mentioned nowadays.

26 February 2014
BlueGT - 148bhp, 110g/km (£20 VED) and 59mpg. That's pretty impressive stuff. Not so impressive is we're talking rrp £18500 for the 5dr at current prices, might be nearer £19k when this one arrives. That's a lot of cash for a Polo! Polo makes much more sense in basic form.

26 February 2014
Cross Polo
looks quite happy to me hehehehe

26 February 2014
Pistachio wrote:

Cross Polo
looks quite happy to me hehehehe

Quite right. The Polo is far too bland ever to be cross. Beats me why makers cannot consult people with knowledge of idiomatic speech in other languages. Honda nearly called the Jazz the Fitta ( really rude in Swedish a colleague has confirmed) but they checked whereas Renault didn't with the Wind or MINI with the Hampton special edition which I won't decode for the innocent!

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