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VOLKSWAGEN POLO HATCHBACK

1.0 EVO 80 Beats 5dr

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Review

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

The sixth generation AW/BZ-generation Volkswagen Polo supermini, first launched in 2017, turned out to be cleverer, smarter, classier and certainly more charismatic and confident than its predecessor. But it faced tough competition. It's the early 2018-2020-era pre-facelift models we look at as a used buy here.

Models

3dr/5dr Hatch (1.0, 1.5 TSI petrol / 1.6 TDI diesel)

History

The sixth generation AW/BZ Polo design, launched late in 2017, was a very big deal for the brand - in more ways than one. For one thing, it was by far the largest Polo to date - far bigger for example, than earlier Golfs. For another, its sales significance remained huge for the Wolfsburg maker, given that almost 10% of all the cars the company had ever made had been Polos. This MK6 design faced intensified supermini segment competition, primarily from the 7th generation Ford Fiesta but also from contenders like SEAT's fifth generation Ibiza, car which shared this one's sophisticated Volkswagen Group MQB A0 architecture. That platform facilitated the increase in exterior dimensions we mentioned and provided for what was claimed to be a more sophisticated 'big car'-style driving experience.

What You Get

Volkswagen doesn't mess about too much with the fundamental aesthetics of its core models. Just as a Golf should always be recognisable as a Golf, so it is with the Polo. Yet within these constraints, it was also necessary to move the design of this car forward. Volkswagen said the styling of this 'AW/BZ'-series sixth generation version was more 'masculine' and - whisper it - even a little 'charismatic'. It was certainly bigger - about the same size as the fourth generation Golf that was sold by the brand until 2003. With the MK6 model, this five-door body style was the only one on offer, the three-door version having been consigned to history after a production run of 42 years. As soon as you get in, just as in a Golf, you'll sense all the hallmarks of a really well made car, with the same glass-fronted 8.0-inch 'Composition Media' infotainment touchscreen you'd find on Volkswagen's larger family hatch dominating the dash. In place of the somewhat old fashioned vertically-stacked dash of the previous Polo, a more horizontally-orientated design was based around a central fascia panel that positions all of the key controls on a higher plane that's more in your direct line of sight. And in the back? This sixth generation model's 92mm increase in total wheelbase helps here. Particularly impressive is shoulder room, though, as with rival superminis, that's not enough to make this bench in any way really suitable for the transport of three adults. And out back? Well, it's mostly all good news. Avoid entry-level trim and you'll get an adjustable-height floor that can be re-positioned at a lower level if you've taller loads to carry. In terms of overall boot size, we're talking 355-litres, which is a massive 75-litres more than the MK5 model and 63-litres larger than the trunk you get in a rival Ford Fiesta.

What You Pay

Prices for this early MK6 Polo start at around £8,700, which gets you a '17-plate 1.0 MPI 64PS variant with base 'S; trim, values then rising to around £12,700 for a later '20-plate car. Allow a premium of around £300 for plusher 'SE' trim. We'd try and stretch to the turbocharged 1.0 TSI unit, which values in 95PS form from around £9,700, which gets you a '17-plate 'SE'-spec model, with values rising to around £14,200 for a later '20-plate car; add on a premium of around £1,100 for a plusher 'SEL'-spec model with the gutsier 115PS version of this engine. If you want the rare 1.6 TDI diesel, values start at around £10,000 for a '17-plate 'SE'-spec car, with values rising to around £14,700 for a later '20-plate car. Add around £750 more for plusher 'SEL' trim. Finally, for the even rarer petrol 2.0 TSI GTI hot hatch model, values start at around £12,100 for a '17-plate car, rising to around £18,100 for one of the last '20-plate cars.

What to Look For

As with any supermini, check for interior child damage. Check the alloy wheels for scratches. And look for signs of accident damage such as uneven panel gaps. Also look for any parking damage, such as scuffs to bumpers and kerbed wheels, because only the higher-spec versions were fitted with front and rear parking sensors. With the entry-level S model, remember that you won't be able to connect your smartphone to the infotainment system because it lacks the App Connect option, so try and stretch to a better specced variant if that's an issue. There were various manufacturer recalls you should know about. Certain Polos made between May 2017 and October 2018 were subject to a recall that relates to a design flaw with the rear seatbelts. On cars made in October 2017, the travel in the handbrake might increase due to the adjuster working loose. With Polos made between October 2019 and February 2020, there's a risk that oil may get into the brake servo, so the whole system will need to be checked over by a VW technician in case there's oil in the system. Make sure that all these recalls have been attended to if the model you're looking at has been affected.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2018 Polo 1.0 MPI 64PS - Ex Vat) An oil filter is in the £6-£13 bracket. An air filter is in the £7 bracket and a pollen filter costs typically between £6 and £11. A water pump is around £120-£150. Front brake pads sit in the £17-£47 bracket; rears will sit in the £12-£22 bracket. Front brake discs sit in the £44 bracket; rear discs are about £23-£33. A rear lamp is around £46. A headlamp is around £172. A wiper is around £6-£12.

On the Road

We were told that this sixth generation Polo would ride like a much larger car and sure enough it does, easily shrugging off pock-marked urban surfaces. The sophistication that delivers this showing doesn't lie in intricate suspension design but in the light, stiff MQB A0 chassis that this MK6 model shares with other Volkswagen Group superminis like SEAT fifth generation Ibiza. Through the corners, this Polo isn't quite as agile as its Spanish cousin 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. As for engines, well almost all buyers in our market want this Polo with petrol power - specifically the 999cc three cylinder unit that in this period featured in so many compact Volkswagen Group models. At the foot of the range, it appears in the normally aspirated MPI form, with either 65PS or 75PS. A better option though, if you can stretch to it, is the turbocharged TSI version of this unit, available with either 95PS and a 5-speed gearbox or 115PS and a 6-speed gearbox. DSG auto transmission was also offered to TSI customers - and to those who chose the other perkier petrol options, a 150PS 1.5 TSI EVO powerplant and the 200PS 2.0-litre engine fitted to the flagship GTI hot hatch model. Two minority-interest 1.6-litre TDI diesel variants, developing either 80PS or 95PS, were also available. Even the 1.0-litre petrol unit can deliver diesel levels of economy though, the 65PS MPI version capable of 60.1mpg on the combined cycle and 108g/km (both NEDC figures).

Overall

So, where does all that leave us? Well, in one of those situations where everything changed - but nothing was really very different. This sixth generation Polo proved to be a big step on from its predecessor in just about every area you could name. 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. The quality element in question though, moved forward quite significantly with this 'AW/BZ' MK6 model, which might make quite a difference if you're one of those buyers who's been waiting for an excuse to buy a smaller car, but has yet to come across one with the kind of sophistication and technology found in something larger. If so, this sixth generation Polo might well be the model that finally persuades you to downsize. It feels more refined, more premium and more mature than any supermini we've previously driven. The result might be little more than a shrunken Golf, but then that's exactly what most buyers want. Indeed, you could choose one over that larger family hatch and really not lose out very much in terms of practicality, drive dynamics or even the style statement you'll make on the high street. Ah yes, the 'style statement' some versions of this sixth generation model try to make. There's probably a place for it, but plenty of rivals do the trendy lifestyle vibe a lot less self-consciously. Ultimately, the typical Polo person doesn't really buy this Volkswagen in order to make a fashion statement. Which is why he or she will almost certainly end up with the kind of conservatively-finished variant we've been trying here. That conservative mindset extends into the issue of drive dynamics too, so it probably won't matter that a handful of rivals feel more engaging than this one through the corners. Of greater importance to likely buyers is that few of these competitors will be more comfortable in day to day use. 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.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency57.60mpg
Emissions
Emissions125.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed106mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Car-Net App-Connect
  • Digital clock
  • Driver alert system
  • Lights on warning
  • Multifunction computer plus
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering
  • Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge
  • Start/stop system
  • Volkswagen connect
  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened

Entertainment

  • Beats audio system with 6 speakers, digital 8 channel amplifier, subwoofer, 300w total power output

Exterior Features

  • Black door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Black grille with chrome surround
  • Black radiator grille with chrome louvres
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured side sills
  • Electric front windows
  • Front fog lights including static cornering
  • Front windscreen washers and wipers with 4 speed intermittent delay
  • Heat insulating tinted glass
  • Heated rear window with auto timer
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Rear electric windows
  • Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards approx 65% tinted
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay, reverse activated
  • Unique beats door sill protectors
  • Unique beats logo on B pillar

Interior Features

  • 2 bag hooks in luggage compartment
  • 2 front and 2 rear reading lights
  • 2 front cupholders and 12 V socket with cover
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Centre console storage with open storage compartment
  • Driver and front passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dust/pollen filter
  • Folding rear seat backrest
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front head restraints
  • Front seat backrest storage pockets
  • Front sport seats with height adjustment and beats logo on rear backrest
  • Gear lever gaiter in black trim surround
  • Glovebox
  • Handbrake grip button in chrome effect
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Instrument lighting, adjustable panel illumination
  • Interior light with delay
  • Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seats
  • Jack and tool kit
  • Leather gear knob and handbrake grip
  • Leather multifunction steering wheel
  • Leatherette door panels
  • Luggage compartment cover, removable
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Storage compartment in front doors
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Storage compartment under front seats
  • Tracks 2 cloth seat centre section leatherette with side bolsters

Safety

  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Automatic post collision braking
  • Driver/front passenger airbag
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints
  • ESP with EDL + ASR
  • Front and rear passenger curtain airbags
  • Front disc brakes and rear drum brakes
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • Hill hold control
  • Single tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys

Technical

  • Battery regeneration during braking
  • Galvanished body

Trim

  • Air vents in High gloss black
  • Limestone grey decorative inserts
  • Velvet red trim in dash and centre console

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    104
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    110
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    145
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    117

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    999
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    5 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    61.4
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    67.3
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    51.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    5.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    54.3

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.0
  • Badge Power
    80
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    EVO 80
  • Coin Series
    Beats
  • Generation Mark
    6
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    1E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    85
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    76
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    59
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    10000
  • 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)
    15.4
  • Engine Power - BHP
    80
  • Engine Power - KW
    59
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    69
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    9.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    93
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3750
  • Top Speed
    106

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    TORSBY
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1461
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4053
  • Wheelbase
    2551
  • Width
    1751
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1964

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    40
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1590
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1125
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    351
  • Max. Loading Weight
    535
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    560
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1055
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.6
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

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Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

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