Volkswagen Polo (2009–2017)

Model History

March 2009

New Polo unveiled

The fifth generation of Volkswagen's Polo, was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, 34 years after the original went on sale in the UK. Sharper, lighter, safer than ever before. Not only does the Polo weigh 7.5 per cent less than the Polo it replaces - despite being marginally wider and longer - but it's also stronger, promises greater refinement and efficiency and features new packaging to make it the most versatile Polo yet.

The 2009 Polo is 36 mm longer than the car it replaces, 32 mm wider, yet 13mm lower. Head, shoulder and legroom have all increased, load volume now minimum of 280 litres and a maximum 952 litres. White backlit dials are set into a dashboard constructed out of high-quality, soft touch plastics. Subtle aluminium highlights around the interior, the option of an air conditioned glovebox (for drinks) and an easily accessed connection point for an MP3 player. In addition, and for the first time on a Polo, the RNS 310 touchscreen satellite navigation system can be specified along with a three-spoke, multifunction steering wheel.

At launch the 2009 Polo was powered by a mix of naturally aspirated 1.2-litre 3-cylinder and 1.4-litre 4-cylinder engines as well as a new turbocharged 1.2-litre 4 cylinder chain cam TSI petrol unit joining another all-new 1.6-litre belt cam TDI common rail diesel engine. All are equipped with either five or six-speed manual gearboxes as standard and, for the first time on the Polo, selected variants can be specified with Volkswagen's advanced and lightweight seven-speed DSG gearbox.

A Polo BlueMotion joined the range shortly after launch. Powered by a highly efficient 1.6-litre 90 PS TDI common rail diesel engine and linked to a five-speed gearbox with lengthened ratios in third, fourth and fifth, the new BlueMotion achieves 74mpg while emitting just 96 g/km of CO2 - bettering the outgoing Polo BlueMotion model which is itself one of the most fuel efficient vehicles currently on sale. In 2010 a second generation Polo V BlueMotion will follow.

The new Polo features a comprehensive roster of standard safety equipment including for the first time on all models four airbags, anti-lock brakes, Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) and ISOFIX anchor points all fitted as standard. 1.2-litre TSI 105bhp 6-spd and 1.6-litre TDI 90 5-spd arrived later.

3,952mm long x 1,682mm wide x 1,454mm high.

February 2010

Polo BlueMotion available to order

Prices starting at £14,445 on the road for the three-door, and £15,045 for the five-door model, deliveries from May 2010. The new Polo BlueMotion adopted an all-new 1.2-litre TDI three-cylinder common rail diesel engine developing 75hp and 180 Nm of torque available from just 2,000 rpm. This new engine, combined with longer gearing through the five-speed manual gearbox, regenerative braking and an automatic Start/Stop system, help the new Polo BlueMotion emit just 91g/km of CO2 while returning an impressive 80.7mpg on the combined cycle. This grants the new Polo BlueMotion a theoretical range of over 800 miles on one tank of diesel.

Several cosmetic changes help maximise efficiency: Bespoke bumpers, side skirts and an extended roof spoiler along with 15-inch ‘Greenland’ alloy wheels fitted with low rolling resistance tyres, they contribute towards making the new Polo BlueMotion among the most efficient vehicles currently available in the UK. The Polo BlueMotion accelerates from a standstill to 62 mph in 13.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 107 mph.

Comfort levels remain high with manual air conditioning, cruise control and leather steering wheel fitted as standard. As with all models in the Polo range, a number of safety features are also fitted, including four airbags, ABS and ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme). First deliveries May 2010.

July 2011

Polo Match launched

Volkswagen’s Polo range now offers customers even greater value for money, thanks to the addition of a new Match model which replaces the existing SE and Moda trim levels and provides £650 worth of equipment – but with a pricetag that means it costs £215 less than those models. Prices for the Polo Match start at £11,300 (RRP ‘on the road’) for the 1.2-litre 60 PS manual version.

The Polo Match combines the most popular features of the existing SE and Moda trims that it replaces, while adding extra specification. Exterior highlights include stylish 15-inch ‘Castille’ alloy wheels, front fog lights and heat-insulating tinted rear windows. Comfort and convenience are the main focus inside the cabin with manual air conditioning, an RCD 310 radio / CD player, multifunction computer and MDI (Multi Device Interface) with iPod connectivity all standard. The model is also fitted with electric windows and a comfort pack, incorporating remote central locking and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors

June 2012

Bluetooth made standard

All Polo models from the BlueMotion up now came fitted with the Touch Phone Kit, which was previously a £245 option. The Touch Phone Kit adds a 2.8-inch colour touchscreen to the Polo’s dashboard. This can display a phone book, call lists, reception status and more, depending on the make and model of the phone to which it is connected. All Polo models also came with DAB digital radio as standard.

October 2012

Polo Blue GT prices announced

Cost from £17,400 OTR. Has belt-cam EA211 1.4 TSI with ACT producing 140PS and 250Nm of torque, with an official 61.4 mpg with emissions of 107g/km whether six-speed manual or the seven-speed DSG transmission. Top speed is 130mph and 0-60mph 7.6 seconds.

Model Engine
CO 2 ,
Combined mpg Price, £ RRP OTR
Polo BlueGT 3dr 1.4-litre 140 PS TSI ACT 6 spd man 107 61.4 17,400
Polo BlueGT 5dr 1.4-litre 140 PS TSI ACT 6 spd man 107 61.4 18,020
Polo BlueGT 3dr 1.4-litre 140 PS TSI ACT 7 spd DSG 107 61.4 18,745
Polo BlueGT 5dr 1.4-litre 140 PS TSI ACT 7 spd DSG 107 61.4 19,365

January 2014

Revised Polo unveiled

Volkswagen Polo updated with a range of new technologies and efficient engines, along with a makeover inside and out. Available to buy from summer 2014.

All revamped Polos equipped as standard with an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System which automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision to reduce kinetic energy significantly and thus minimise the chance or consequences of a second impact. Options include a Driver Alert System and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Automatic Cruise Control.

A new optional Sport Select suspension system was offered, using electronically controlled dampers to switch between two suspension settings. Meanwhile a new electro-mechanical steering system improves efficiency and offers more precise control.

Volkswagen’s modular infotainment system, familiar to Golf drivers, was introduced across the Polo range. This touchscreen system includes a proximity sensor and a function that reacts to wiping movements by the fingers (as used on smartphones).

Under the bonnet, the revised Polo featured a range of new EU6-compliant engines offering fuel efficiency improvements of up to 21 per cent over the old units. New three and four-cylinder petrol engines lead the changes. There are two 1.0-litre MPI units, with 60PS or 75PS and two 1.2-litre four-cylinder TSI engines with 90PS or 110PS. As before, a 1.4-litre TSI engine with cylinder deactivation (ACT) was available, this time with power increased by 10PS to 150PS. A range-topping Polo GTI with increased power became available in 2015.

In the UK, the diesel-powered Polo BlueMotion was replaced with a new petrol-powered Polo BlueMotion TSI, which returns 68.9 mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 94 g/km. It uses a new turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine that produces 90PS.

Diesel power is provided for by two new three-cylinder 1.4-litre TDI engines (previously these were 1.2 and 1.6 litres), with 75PS and 90PS.

Exterior changes include more precise lines on the redesigned front bumper and grille, with a chrome line that separates the front fog lights. Optional LED headlights are a first in this class, and have a distinctive light signature. At the rear there are new lights and a new bumper, while five new alloy wheel designs complete the look. Inside, the driver faces wholly redesigned instruments and a new steering wheel, while a refreshed centre console with new heating and ventilation controls ensures ease of use.

March 2014

Facelift Polo open for orders

The Polo range starts with the S. As well as a six-speaker Composition Audio System with 5.0-inch colour touchscreen, SD card reader, DAB radio and USB and aux-in connections, the S includes features such as a height-adjustable driver’s seat, illuminated vanity mirrors, cup holders, and stylish ‘gloss black’ interior highlights. The S A/C model adds manual air conditioning.

Moving up to SE trim brings more equipment including 15-inch ‘Lyon’ alloy wheels; a chrome-trimmed front air intake; body-coloured door handles and electrically adjustable door mirrors; a leather-trimmed three-spoke multi-function steering wheel (plus leather-covered gearlever and handbrake lever); a multi-function trip computer; remote locking and an alarm with interior protection; manual air conditioning; and a Composition Media System with 6.5-inch colour touchscreen which adds a glovebox mounted CD player and more graphical interfaces. Inside there are chrome highlights throughout the cabin, while five-door models get electric rear windows.

The SE Design model adds more style, with exterior features that include 16-inch ‘Portago’ alloy wheels; a black gloss radiator grille and door mirror caps; front fog lights, dark-tinted tail lights and rear windows; and LED number-plate illumination. Inside, there is ‘Pyramid’ cloth upholstery with a choice of light-coloured ‘Ceramique’ or darker-coloured ‘Palladium Grey’ panels, and ‘Ceramique’ fabric inserts in the doors. There are dash panels in ‘Dark Rhodium’, front sports seats and aluminium-capped pedals (made more noticeable by the white footwell illumination).

The SEL model builds on the specification of the SE, adding 16-inch ‘Rivazza’ alloy wheels; front fog lights; tinted rear-windows; illuminated front footwells and a front centre armrest with storage compartment. Front and rear parking sensors are also standard.

The top of the range Polo at launch is the powerful yet parsimonious BlueGT model, which comes with a 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS engine with ACT cylinder deactivation. The BlueGT rides on 17-inch ‘Montani’ alloy wheels and 15mm lower sport suspension, while it is distinguished visually with its unique body styling kit, including side skirts and unique bumpers, gloss black radiator grille and door mirror caps. Inside there are sports seats trimmed in ‘BlueSpeed’ cloth with Alcantara bolsters and a black roof lining. An XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling is standard, as is cruise control and a Driver Alert System.

Trim and engine Gearbox Doors Combined mpg* CO 2 g/km* RRP OTR (£)
1.0-litre MPI 60 PS 5-spd man 3 60.1 106 11,100.00
1.0-litre MPI 60 PS 5-spd man 5 60.1 106 11,730.00
1.0-litre MPI 60 PS 5-spd man 3 60.1 106 11,820.00
1.0-litre MPI 60 PS 5-spd man 5 60.1 106 12,450.00
1.0-litre MPI 60 PS 5-spd man 3 60.1 106 12,435.00
1.0-litre MPI 60 PS 5-spd man 5 60.1 106 13,065.00
1.0-litre MPI 75 PS 5-spd man 3 58.9 108 12,960.00
1.0-litre MPI 75 PS 5-spd man 5 58.9 108 13,590.00
1.2-litre TSI 90 PS 5-spd man 3 60.1 107 13,580.00
1.2-litre TSI 90 PS 5-spd man 5 60.1 107 14,210.00
1.2-litre TSI 90 PS 7-spd DSG 3 60.1 107 14,955.00
1.2-litre TSI 90 PS 7-spd DSG 5 60.1 107 15,585.00
1.4-litre TDI 75 PS 5-spd man 3 83.1 88 14,645.00
1.4-litre TDI 75 PS 5-spd man 5 83.1 88 15,275.00
SE Design
1.0-litre MPI 60 PS 5-spd man 3 60.1 106 13,535.00
1.0-litre MPI 60 PS 5-spd man 5 60.1 106 14,165.00
1.0-litre MPI 75 PS 5-spd man 3 58.9 108 14,060.00
1.0-litre MPI 75 PS 5-spd man 5 58.9 108 14,690.00
1.2-litre TSI 90 PS 5-spd man 3 60.1 107 14,680.00
1.2-litre TSI 90 PS 5-spd man 5 60.1 107 15,310.00
1.2-litre TSI 90 PS 7-spd DSG 3 60.1 107 16,055.00
1.2-litre TSI 90 PS 7-spd DSG 5 60.1 107 16,685.00
1.4-litre TDI 75 PS 5-spd man 3 83.1 88 15,745.00
1.4-litre TDI 75 PS 5-spd man 5 83.1 88 16,375.00
1.4-litre TDI 90 PS 5-spd man 3 83.1 88 16,120.00
1.4-litre TDI 90 PS 5-spd man 5 83.1 88 16,750.00
1.2-litre TSI 110 PS 6-spd man 3 57.6 110 15,610.00
1.2-litre TSI 110 PS 6-spd man 5 57.6 110 16,240.00
1.2-litre TSI 110 PS 7-spd DSG 3 60.1 110 16,985.00
1.2-litre TSI 110 PS 7-spd DSG 5 60.1 110 17,615.00
1.4-litre TSI ACT 150 PS 6-spd man 3 tbc 109 17,710.00
1.4-litre TSI ACT 150 PS 6-spd man 5 tbc 109 18,340.00
1.4-litre TSI ACT 150 PS 7-spd DSG 3 tbc 107 19,085.00
1.4-litre TSI ACT 150 PS 7-spd DSG 5 tbc 107 19,715.00

December 2014

Orders opened for Polo 1.0 TSI 95PS Bluemototion

Emits 94 g/km of CO2 and returns 68.9 mpg on the EC combined cycle. 95PS and 160Nm torque from 1,500-3,500rpm.

Based on the S trim, the BlueMotion models add even more equipment including a styling pack which includes uniquely shaped front and rear bumpers, radiator grille, side skirts and rear roof spoiler, body coloured door handles, body coloured door mirrors with integrated indicators, front fog lights and static cornering function and unique BlueMotion badging.

Additional kit over that on the S trim includes 15-inch ‘Buenos Aires’ alloys with low rolling resistance tyres, aero body kit, multifunction leather steering wheel, alarm with remote central locking, air conditioning, a front centre armrest, Composition Media and infotainment system, cruise control and Volkswagen’s Driver Alert System. This version of the Polo comes with a Think Blue, Trainer, which gives hint and tips on how to drive in a more economical fashion by analysing journey patterns.

April 2015

Factory fitted Convenience Pack available for Polo. Combines Light & Sight Pack (auto dimming rear view mirror, automatic headlights, coming/leaving home function and rain sensor) plus electrically foldable door mirrors) for £225 (£310 if ordered separately).

December 2015

Polo Match introduced

Replaces Polo SE in 3 or 5 door with more than £900-worth of extra equipment including cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, front fog lights with static cornering function, tinted rear windows and smart new 15-inch Stratford alloy wheels. Minor price rise of £100, from £12,735 RRP OTR rising according to rngine and transmission options.

May 2016

Volkswagen Polo Beats announced

, incoprorating Californian Beats electronics, from £13,910. Has a "state-of-the-art sound system" comprising a 300-watt, eight-channel amplifier that is fitted with a digital signal processor (DSP). The DSP in the Polo Beats delivers high-performance audio processing that gives clarity and definition to each of the seven high-end loudspeakers. The speakers comprise two tweeters located in the A-pillars, two woofers in the front doors, two broadband speakers located in the back with a subwoofer integrated into the spare wheel well to deliver powerful and punching bass tones.

Standard equipment includes 16-inch ‘Knight’ alloy wheels. Also darkened rear light clusters and 65 % tinted rear windows, radiator grille in ‘High Gloss Black’ and the car is enhanced with ‘Flash Red’, ‘Pure White’ or ‘Black’ door mirrors with integrated indicators. Unique ‘Beats’ badge on the B-pillar combines with ‘Beats’ decals on the side skirts to complete the exterior styling additions.

Cortina Silver’ trim on the centre console and air vent surrounds along with leatherette door panels and chrome trim. Front and rear carpet mats have red stitching, while doors have ‘Beats’ sill protectors.

Sporty seats have Alcantara side bolsters and a special ‘Beats’ cloth centre section, and thin vertical red stripes in the seatbelts. LED footwell lighting rounds off a cabin that benefits from the style and audio of Beats plus the technology and functionality synonymous with Volkswagen.

1.2-litre TSI petrol offers 90 PS and comers with a five-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed auto DSG ‘box. It has a CO₂ figure of 107 g/km (109 g/km for the DSG) and both have a fuel economy figure of 60.1 mpg (combined).

Volkswagen Polo Beats
Engine Transmission No. of doors Power CO₂ (g/km) OTR Price
1.0 BMT Five-speed manual Three-door 60 106* £13,910.00
1.0 BMT Five-speed manual Five-door 60 106* £14,540.00
1.0 BMT Five-speed manual Three-door 75 108* £14,435.00
1.0 BMT Five-speed manual Five-door 75 108* £15,065.00
1.2 TSI BMT Five-speed manual Three-door 90 107* £15,055.00
1.2 TSI BMT Five-speed manual Five-door 90 107* £15,685.00
1.2 TSI BMT Seven-speed auto DSG Three-door 90 109* £16,430.00
1.2 TSI BMT Seven-speed auto DSG Five-door 90 109* £17,060.00
1.4 TDI BMT Five-speed manual Three-door 75 93* £16,120.00
1.4 TDI BMT Five-speed manual Five-door 75 93* £16,750.00

December 2016

Volkswagen Polo Match Edition announced

Priced from £13,315 the Volkswagen Polo Match Edition includes Car-Net App-Connect which fully integrates a compatible smartphone to the Volkswagen Polo via a USB connection. Depending on the phone, Car-Net App-Connect uses Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto or MirrorLink to bring the device’s functionality to the car by displaying apps on the infotainment touchscreen.

The Polo Match Edition also has body coloured electrically heated and folding door mirrors, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, LED rain sensor to turn on the wipers, see you home light delay, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, 15-inch ‘Stratford’ alloy wheels and manual air conditioning.

Engine options for the Polo Match Edition start with Volkswagen’s 1.0-litre 60PS or 75PS petrol and 1.2TSI with manual or DSG. Also 1.4-litre TDI 75 PS engine.

Volkswagen Polo Match Edition
Engine Transmission No. of doors Power (PS) CO₂ (g/km) OTR Price
1.0 Manual 3 60 108* £13,315.00
1.0 Manual 5 60 108* £13,945.00
1.0 Manual 3 75 108* £13,840.00
1.0 Manual 5 75 108* £14,470.00
1.2 TSI Manual 3 90 109* £14,460.00
1.2 TSI Manual 5 90 109* £15,090.00
1.2 TSI DSG 3 90 109* £15,835.00
1.2 TSI DSG 5 90 109* £16,465.00
1.4 TDI Manual 3 75 97* £15,525.00
1.4 TDI Manual 5 75 97* £16,155.00

What does a Volkswagen Polo (2009 – 2017) cost?

List Price from £17,030
Buy new from £13,978
Contract hire from £176.54 per month