What is it?
This is the new entry-level model to the fifth-generation Volkswagen Polo range. It gets a 59bhp three-cylinder 1.2-litre engine, which produces 80lb ft of torque and can get it from 0-62mph in 16.1secs.
VW expects this model to be the biggest seller in the range, with SE trim being the most popular trim level. The model tested here is kitted out in VW’s new Moda trim level, which it hopes will attract new younger buyers to the Polo away from its traditional middle England market.
It gets the same equipment as the SE (minus air-con, which is an option) for the same price, but it comes with sportier alloys, rear privacy glass, new front fog lights and iPod connectivity.
What’s it like?
Despite its low 59bhp power output and seemingly slow 0-62mph time, this doesn’t feel like a car lacking too badly in performance. Off the line, it initially pulls well and it’s perfect for nipping around town in. The three-cylinder engine has character and makes a satisfying whine if you really push it on B-roads.
Motorway driving too is a hassle-free experience, as its peak 80lb ft torque is available at 3000rpm. Keeping up with the traffic is not an issue, although things under the bonnet can get noisy when pushing on at motorway speeds. Thankfully, the engine noise isn’t added to by wind or tyre roar so it has the grown-up capabilities to go with its quasi-Golf styling and more premium feel.