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Volkswagen Polo (2009–2017)

Last updated 14 July 2019

 
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Dimensions
Length 1453–4007 mm
Width 1682–1901 mm
Height 1450–1465 mm
Wheelbase 2468–2470 mm
Boot Space 280–952 L

Full specifications

Interior

If you've experienced the dull interior of the previous Polo you'll be pleasantly surprised by this new model. Gone are the drab plastics and plain design to be replaced by something far more pleasant and more upmarket. As with the outside, there's a strong Golf feeling to it, helped by the neat three-spoke steering wheel and a good quality stereo. It certainly has a big car feel about it.

Volkswagen uses a process called ‘slush moulding' for plastic surfaces such as the facia, which means they don't feel hard and cheap. This applies to the steering wheel and minor controls. Everything from the seat fabrics to instruments and centre console look classy plus there's a lot of nice detailing, such as the chrome trim on the air vents, door handles and gear lever surround (although you don't get this in the basic S model).

There's good cabin space, especially in the front where the driver and front passenger aren't cramped together. Instead there's plenty of height and generous legroom. Those in the back will find it surprisingly comfortable too and considering this is a small hatchback there's an impressive amount of knee room and plenty of head room too.

The rear seat folding mechanism is a paragon of simplicity too, although the clever squab hinge arrangement looks slightly flimsy. It folds down with a 60/40 split (except on S trim) plus there's a variable boot floor that can adjusted in height, although S models and the BlueMotion models don't get it, instead they have a fixed carpet which can't actually be removed - a problem if you spill something in the boot.

Standard equipment from launch (October 2009 for three-door, December 2009 for five-door):

S is the entry-level Polo and comes with ESP stability control, three rear head restraints and three-point seat belts, driver’s and front passenger’s airbags, side head/thorax airbag system, engine immobiliser, Isofix child seat preparation (for two rear child seats), central locking, driver’s seat with height adjustment, three-spoke steering wheel that is height and reach adjustable, front electric windows, 12V socket in luggage compartment, folding rear seat backrest, RCD 210 radio/MP3 compatible CD player with four speakers, front body-coloured bumpers and side sills, 5J x 14 steel wheels with 175/70 R14 tyres and a full size steel spare wheel

Moda is aimed at younger buyers and adds matt chrome inserts on air vents and door handles, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, front fog lights (which distinguishes the Moda from SE), remote central locking, split folding rear seat backrest 60:40 with variable load bay in bootspace, illuminated vanity mirrors
MDI (Multi Device Interface) with USB and iPod connection cables, passenger seat height adjustment, RCD 310 radio/MP3 compatible CD player, body-coloured door mirrors and door handles, radiator grille with chrome surround, rear tinted windows from B-pillar back, 6J x 15 ‘Cadiz’ alloy wheels with 195/55 R15 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts plus a steel space saver spare wheel

SE has (in addition to the S) matt chrome inserts on the air vents and door handles, ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, passenger seat height adjustment, RCD 310 radio/MP3 compatible CD player, remote central locking, a split folding rear seat backrest 60:40 with variable load bay in bootspace, illuminated vanity mirrors, body-coloured door mirrors and door handles, radiator grille with chrome surround, 6J x 15 ‘Castille’ with 185/60 R15 tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts plus a steel space saver spare wheel.

SEL models gain a chrome-trimmed front air intake surround, an alarm with interior protection, carpet mats front and rear, front centre armrest with storage compartment, front fog lights, front footwell lighting, a leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel with chrome insert, leather gearknob and handbrake grip, MDI (Multi Device Interface) with USB and iPod connection cables, a multifunction computer, tyre pressure indicator and 7J x 16 ‘Navarre’ alloy wheels with 215/45 R16 tyres and anti-theft bolts.

BlueMotion is based on the S and adds a revised engine management system and a reduced idle speed, a start/stop function, battery regeneration, BlueMotion aerodynamic styling kit (uniquely shaped bumpers and side skirts, revised grille element and an enlarged rear roof spoiler), 5½J x 15 ‘Greenland’ alloy wheels with 185/60 R15 low rolling resistance tyres and anti-theft wheel bolts, sports suspension lowered by 15 mm, multifunction computer which includes visual gear change recommendation, cruise control, front fog lights, ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning, RCD310 radio/MP3 compatible CD player with six speakers and AUX-in socket for connection to external multimedia source, body-coloured electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors with integrated indicators, front centre armrest with storage compartment, leather trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, tyre pressure indicator,  tyre repair kit in lieu of spare wheel and ‘Blue Merlin’ upholstery.

Match (from July 2011) replaces Moda and SE and gets 15-inch ‘Castille’ alloy wheels, front fog lights and heat-insulating tinted rear windows, manual air conditioning, an RCD 310 radio/CD player, multifunction computer and MDI (Multi Device Interface) with iPod connectivity, electric windows and a comfort pack, incorporating remote central locking and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors

List Price from £15,015
Buy new from £13,165
Contract hire from £168.41 per month
 

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