The new car is an outwardly larger, significantly roomier and more technically sophisticated model than the previous eight-year-old model.
VW's 2017-model-year Polo is being produced in five-door hatchback form only, with buyers offered the choice of up to six engines – the most powerful of which endows the range topping turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder powered GTI model planned to see right-hand drive production early next year with a Ford Fiesta ST equalling 197bhp.
The new Polo has been developed from the ground up in an engineering program that also encompasses the mechanical identical fifth-generation Seat Ibiza and yet-to-be-launched fourth-generation Skoda Fabia as well as upcoming production versions of the Volkswagen T-Breeze and Seat Arona.
Speaking to Autocar at the car's launch, Herbert Diess, chairman of the VW brand board of management, wouldn't say if he thought that the new Polo could entice buyers away from the UK's best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta, but did say: "I am convinced that we have the most competent car in this segment." Diess continued to talk about the car's improved handling, particularly in GTI form, suggesting that the new Polo and Polo GTI could challenge the Fiesta and Fiesta ST in terms of handling prowess.