What is it?
The facelifted Volkswagen Polo - which we first drove on international soil last year - featured a major overhaul of the car's engines. Out went the ageing 1.4-litre petrol motor and in its place came a new three cylinder 1.0-litre unit. We've already driven that engine in entry-level 59bhp form, so now it's time to try the same powerplant in range-topping 108bhp guise.
To go with the range-topping engine we have a range-topping trim level, in the form of R-Line specification. At £17,590 this Polo is far from the cheap and cheerful stereotype its diminutive dimensions may suggest, but R-Line cars do come with luxuries including front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, sports seats and a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system.
On paper, a semi-luxurious small car with a small engine appears to make sense, especially when it emits just 99g/km of CO2 and can return over 65mpg. We like the way the Polo looks, too, even next to stylish rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. Especially pleasing is its five-door packaging, with doors that allow easy access even in the tightest of parking spaces.