Volkswagen Polo (2005–2009)

Model History

March 2005

Facelifted and revised 2002 Polo. 3,916mm x 1,650mm x 1,465mm high, sharing the look of the 2005 Passat.

Five petrol engines from 55PS 3 cylinder chain cam 1.2 to 100PS belt cam 1.4 16v and four diesels from 70PS and 80PS 1.4s to 130PS 1.9. All EU4. Slow 64PS 1.9 SDI dropped from range. Prices from £7,495 for 1.2 55PS E to £15,290 (more than double) for TDI PD 130 6-speed Sport. On sale in UK from 10-6-2005.

S model from £8,850 includes Climatic semi-automatic climate control; alloy wheels; electric front windows; electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors; front fog lights; central locking; CD player; body-coloured side bump strips, door mirrors and door handles; plus ABS (anti-lock braking system).

Euro 4-compliant diesels. New 1.4-litre TDI 70 PS replaces old, heavy 1.9SDI. New 1.4-litre TDI 80 PS unit replaces the 75 PS 1.4.

March 2006

GTI for 2006 powered by 150PS 1.8T 20v. 0-60 mph 8 seconds, top speed 134 mph. GTI grille, like Golf's. 16-inch alloy wheels, bright red brake calipers, visible polished exhaust tail pipes, rear spoiler, a 15mm lower stance on sports suspension. Deliveriesa from 14-5-06. Price from £14,785.

April 2006

Polo Dune features unique styling, and combines the appearance of a 4x4 with compact proportions of the Polo. All models have five doors, while exterior additions include: 17" ‘BBS’ alloy wheels; unique front and rear bumpers; side and wheel-arch protection; silver coloured roof rails; and suspension raised by 20mm. From £12,645 on the road for the 1.4-litre 75 PS petrol or for £850 more a 1.4-litre TDI 70 PS diesel.

February 2007

Polo BlueMotion offers an official combined economy of over 72 mpg, a potential range in excess of 700-miles and a mere 102 g/km of CO2. 80 PS 1.4-litre, three-cylinder TDI engine fitted with electronically controlled, high-pressure direct injection. Variable geometry turbocharger to provide high levels of torque from just above idling speeds and improve responses.

July 2007

With CO2 emissions reduced to just 99g/km, qualifying the car for Band A zero rate (free) VED annual tax and 74.3mpg. First UK deliveries October 2007, priced at £11,995 for the BlueMotion 1 and £12,845 for BlueMotion 2 with higher levels of equipment. BlueMotion 1’s list of standard equipment includes diesel particulate filter, twin front and side airbags, a CD player and electric windows.

BlueMotion 2 also has air conditioning, rain sensing windscreen wipers, remote central locking and leather trim for the steering wheel, handbrake and gear knob, but emits 104 g/km of CO2 (so £35pa VED) while returning a combined 70.6 mpg. By 58 reg, the BlueMotion 2 had dropped into VED band A at the cost of dropping the spare wheel and replacing it with a puncture repair kit.

1.4-litre, three-cylinder unit injector diesel engine, with turbocharger, intercooler and exhaust gas recirculation and bespoke five-speed gearbox with longer ratios for third, fourth and fifth gears to reduce engine speeds and improve economy. Diesel particulate filter. 0 to 60 mph in 12.5 seconds, top speed 109mph. Reduced aerodynamic drag, low rolling resistance tyres and weight saving all play their part in making the Polo BlueMotion as efficient as possible.

December 2007

Runout model Match announced replacing the S level withe better equipment. 15-inch ‘Charade’ alloy wheels and body-coloured bumper strips, door strips, door handles and wing mirrors inset into which are integrated indicators. At the front a pair of foglamps are set into the twin airdams.

A leather-trimmed steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake grip are joined by the option of either a six-disc CD autochanger or an iPod connection to allow access to your digital music library on the move. Practical additions include electric front windows, a split folding rear seat, height adjustment for the driver’s seat and a useful drawer under the passenger seat. All these enhancements represent an £825 improvement in value. Powering the Polo Match is a choice of engines ranging from the compact petrol 1.2-litre unit up to the flexible 1.4-litre TDI engine.
Prices for the Polo Match started at £9,315 for the 1.2-litre three-door model before rising to £11,380 for the 1.4-litre TDI five-door variant.

Polo Match 1.2-litre 60 PS 5spd manual 3dr £9,315

Polo Match 1.2-litre 60 PS 5spd manual 5dr £9,915

Polo Match 1.2-litre 70 PS 5spd manual 3dr £9,715

Polo Match 1.2-litre 70 PS 5spd manual 5dr £10,315

Polo Match 1.4-litre 80 PS 5spd manual 3dr n£10,000

Polo Match 1.4-litre 80 PS 5spd manual 5dr £10,600

Polo Match 1.4-litre 80 PS 6spd auto 3dr £10,950

Polo Match 1.4-litre 80 PS 6spd auto 5dr £11,550

Polo Match 1.4-litre TDI 70 PS 5spd manual 3dr £10,780

Polo Match 1.4-litre TDI 70 PS 5spd manual 5dr £11,380

What does a Volkswagen Polo (2005 – 2009) cost?

List Price from £17,030
Buy new from £13,728
Contract hire from £170.95 per month