Silverstone Fleet Management

VOLKSWAGEN POLO HATCHBACK

1.0 TSI Life 5dr DSG

Review from Cars & Driving

The Volkswagen Polo supermini model line is one of the most successful in supermini history. This improved version of the MK6 design is more advanced than before and comes with a smarter, more up-market look. Features like a digital instrument panel and a whole raft of camera-driven safety and autonomous driving kit also borrow much from the class above.

  • Performance
    6
  • Handling
    7
  • Comfort
    9
  • Space
    7
  • Styling
    8
  • Build
    8
  • Value
    7
  • Equipment
    7
  • Economy
    7
  • Depreciation
    9
  • Insurance
    7

Background

Why would you buy a Volkswagen Polo? You wouldn't buy it on price, because there are many rival superminis that cost less. Many of these cars will have more equipment inside them. Some will even be nicer to drive. That much-vaunted Volkswagen build quality is, statistically at least, something that the Japanese and Koreans covered off some time ago. So what's the appeal? It's simple. The Polo is all about understated refinement or, to put it another way, conspicuously not trying too hard to impress. Now this is a very hard trick to carry off. Try too hard and this Volkswagen loses its cool. Don't try hard enough and the car looks like a complacent trinket for posers, which is possibly even less desirable. So with this improved sixth generation Polo, the Wolfsburg brand is looking to land it square in that profitable sweet spot.

Driving Experience

Volkswagen always intended that this sixth generation Polo should ride like a much larger car and sure enough it does, easily shrugging off pock-marked urban surfaces, helped by its sophisticated light, stiff MQB A0 chassis, shared with cousins SEAT's Ibiza, Audi's A1 and Skoda's Fabia. Through the corners, this Polo isn't quite as agile as that SEAT or a rival Ford Fiesta - the rather light steering doesn't deliver a huge amount in terms of meaningful feedback - but body movements are well controlled and wider tracks deliver plenty of front end grip. A class-leading feature available across the Polo range is Volkswagen's clever assist system 'IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist', which brings together predictive ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) and Lane Assist to create a new assist system that enables partly automated driving. As for engines, well almost all buyers in our market are going to order a Polo with petrol power - specifically the 999cc three cylinder unit that now features in so many compact Volkswagen Group models. At the foot of the range, it appears in normally aspirated MPI form with 80PS. A better option though, if you can stretch to it, is the turbocharged TSI version of this unit, available with either 95PS and a choice of 5-speed manual or 7-speed DSG auto transmission; or 110PS and a DSG auto 7-speed gearbox. DSG auto transmission is conditional for those who choose the 207PS 2.0-litre engine fitted to the flagship GTI hot hatch model.

Design and Build

The visual updates made to this sixth generation Polo are a little more noticeable than the changes made to its SEAT Ibiza cousin. If you know your Polos, you'll notice the smoother front end styling, which can now include the brand's piercing 'IQ.Light' intelligent LED matrix headlights, which allow individual settings for different driving conditions and environments. At the rear, there are revised, more Golf-like, tail lamp clusters. The result is a more mature, grown-up level of pavement presence. Inside, a key change is the incorporation of Volkswagen's 'Digital Cockpit', an 8.0-inch digital instrument screen to replace the standard binnacle dials - as standard equipment. This display grows to 10.25-inches in size further up the range from 'Style-spec. Otherwise though, the cabin is much as before, with its horizontally-orientated dashboard and a high placement for the 8.0-inch centre-dash 'Ready 2 Discover' infotainment screen. An upper cross-panel flows across the dash into the doors and can be colour-personalised to suit your taste. In the back, you may, as before, find that this design's relatively high waistline and shallow rear window make it feel a touch enclosed, but rear quarter light windows help and there's class-competitive elbow and legroom. Out back, there's a 355-litre boot, significantly bigger than the trunk offered in a Ford Fiesta. Fold the rear seats and up to 1,125-litres of space can be freed up.

Market and Model

List pricing for this car actually starts from around £19,000. In practice though, it's pretty difficult to imagine many Polo owners paying much less than £22,000 and some will be shelling out a figure somewhere in the £23,000 to £25,000 bracket. The range kicks off with 'Life'-spec models, then you get a mid-range 'Style' variant, with plush 'R-Line' derivatives at the top of the mainstream range. You'll need a budget of around £28,000 if you want the top 2.0 TSI 207PS Polo GTI. This enhanced model introduces big-car technology to this compact Volkswagen. For example, the entry-level Polo 'Life' variants feature the brand's 'Travel Assist' system as standard for 95PS 'Life' models and above - making the Polo one of the first models in its segment to offer partly automated driving. LED headlights, Adaptive Cruise Control and an 8.0-inch Digital Cockpit are also among the enhanced Polo's factory-fit equipment, with handy features such as two front and two rear USB sockets, power-folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors, and automatic rain-sensing wipers also included as standard. The Polo's 8.0-inch 'Ready 2 Discover' infotainment system is built on the third-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3) and therefore brings App-Connect, which uses either a USB connection or Bluetooth link to activate smartphone mirroring via the central touchscreen. The blend of value, technology and appeal of the 'Life' trim means that it is expected to take around 75% of Polo sales in the UK.

Cost of Ownership

All of the Polo engines on offer are decently frugal. Let's get to the WLTP-rated fuel and CO2 stats. With the base unit, the 80PS version of the 1.0-litre MPI engine, you're supposed to be able to achieve up to 51.5mpg on the combined cycle and up to 124g/km of CO2. In contrast, in a 95PS 1.0 TSI turbo variant, those figures improve to 54.3mpg and 118g/km with a manual gearbox: it's 50.4mpg and 128g/km if you opt for that 1.0-litre TSI engine with a DSG auto gearbox and 110PS. What else? Well, the three year/60,000 mileage warranty isn't anything to write home about in a marketplace where other rivals offer more. But there is a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' servicing regimes, depending on the mileage you expect to cover, the 'Fixed' package appropriate for cars covering under 10,000 miles a year. Residual values will continue to be strong: with the previous generation version, you could expect to get between 44 and 51% of your original purchase price back after three years or 36,000 miles. We don't expect that kind of showing to change much this time round.

Summary

So, where does all that leave us? Well, in one of those situations where much has changed - but nothing is really very different. This improved version of the sixth generation Polo is a step on from its predecessor but if you want one, the reasons why will probably be much as they've always been with this car: it feels a quality cut above its rivals. Opting for one of these suggests that you choose to drive a small car, rather than necessarily needing to. It's a small but significant difference. At the end of the day, there's much to be said for an extra touch of quality and class. Seek those as your priorities and you'll find this little supermini more than happy to oblige.

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Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Specification

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Driver Convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control with follow-to-stop and speed limiter
  • Bluetooth mobile phone interface
  • Driver alert system
  • Emergency call service
  • Front assist system
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering
  • Preparation for We connect and We connect plus
  • Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge
  • Standard rear axle
  • Travel Assist - Lane keeping system and traffic jam assist
  • Travel assist including emergency assist
  • Trip computer
  • Warning signal and warning light for front and rear seatbelts not fastened
  • Washer fluid level indicator
  • Wireless app connect

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • Front wheel drive
  • Rear shock absorpion
  • Start-stop system with battery regeneration (recuperation - energy recovery during braking)

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Diversity antenna for FM reception
  • Front and rear 6 speakers

Exterior Features

  • Automatic dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Chrome plated radiator grille inserts, air vent surrounds and light switch surrounds
  • Electric front windows
  • Heat insulating glass in side and rear windows
  • Heat insulating glass windscreen
  • Power folding adjustable/heated exterior mirrors and front passenger exterior mirror lowering function
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear electric windows
  • Rear fog light
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
  • Third brake light

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • 2 front and 2 rear reading lights
  • 2 USB-C ports in the front, 2 USB-C charging sockets on the center console in the rear
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat and rear seat bench not split
  • Ceramique headliner
  • Door and side trim panel
  • Driver and front passenger seat height adjustment
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front seat backrest storage pockets
  • Front standard seats
  • Handbrake lever handle in leather
  • Hartley/Thomas cloth upholstery
  • Isofix child seat preparation easy-fit (for two outer rear seats, and front passenger seat) compatible with I-size
  • Leather trimmed gear knob
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Luggage compartment floor
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Standard pedal cluster
  • Three spoke leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel with shifting paddles

Packs

  • Light and vision pack - Polo

Passive Safety

  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints
  • ESC (Electronic stability control) + EDL (Electronic Differntial lock) and ASR (Traction control)
  • Extended and predictive pedestrian/ cyclist protection
  • Front curtain and side airbags with center airbag
  • Front disc brakes
  • Hill hold control
  • Manual child lock in rear doors
  • Rear drum brakes
  • Single tone horn
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator

Security

  • Alarm with interior protection
  • Anti-theft alarm system with interior monitoring, backup horn, and towing protection
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts
  • Electronic engine immobiliser

Trim

  • Lava stone black gloss/matt decorative inserts in dash and front door panels

Wheels

  • Low rolling resistance tyres

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    125

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    999
  • Compression Ratio
    11.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    76.4
  • Engine Code
    DLAC
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH
    6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL
    4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH
    7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL
    7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL
    5.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH
    47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL
    58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH
    38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL
    38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL
    52.3

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.0
  • Badge Power
    95
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TSI
  • Coin Series
    Life
  • Generation Mark
    6
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    9E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    94
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    80
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    70
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    70
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18600
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    11.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    95
  • Engine Power - KW
    70
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    129
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    17.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    175
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1600
  • Top Speed
    116

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    185/65 R15
  • Tyre Size Rear
    185/65 R15
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    ESSEX
  • Wheel Type
    15" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1451
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4074
  • Wheelbase
    2552
  • Width
    1751

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    40
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1620
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1380
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    351
  • Max. Loading Weight
    527
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    580
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1093
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.6

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"Have to give the whole team at Silverstone a massive 5 stars ( my wife would have given them 6 stars for having to deal with me :-) ) From start to finish a truly professional service for the three cars that myself and my colleges chose for company cars, working with Tom and Michelle has been a pleasure, speed of response to questions has been quick and precise. Thank you and would defiantly recommend Silverstone for your leasing partner."

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Lewis Higginson

"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

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Karen Byrne

Karen Byrne

"Customer service, communication and updates about my car have been fantastic. Nothing is too much trouble and whilst my car was delayed due to manufacturing issues, I was updated constantly and had a great car inbetween. Worth the wait, I finally have my A250e AMG!!!!! Thanks Silverstone, highly recommended."

Jack Kellaway

Jack Kellaway

"Tom Bailey and the team at Silverstone Fleet Management went above and beyond when I was looking for my next vehicle. Despite being extremely picky, Tom was patient and resourceful to help me find the perfect car. The hand over process managed by Michelle and others was also extremely smooth. Thanks SFM!"

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Top Speed116mph
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"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

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