Volkswagen Polo (2017–)

Model History

June 2017

Sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo launched

The sixth generation Polo grows, making it larger than its predecessor in all of its dimensions. This has resulted in much more interior space and a significantly increased boot volume, which has grown from 280 to 351 litres.

4,053mm high x 1,751mm wide (exc. mirrors) x 1,446mm high on a 2,564mm wheelbase.

The 2018 Polo at length of 4,053 mm, is slightly shorter than the fourth generation Golf, but it surpasses that Golf when it comes to its wheelbase (53 mm longer) and space for the driver, passengers and luggage (21 litres more). Key dimensions in comparison:

All data in mm

Polo Mk. 6 (2017)

Polo Mk. 5 (2009)

Golf Mk. 4 (1997)

Length

4,053

3,972

4,149

Width (w/o mirrors)

1,751

1,682

1,735

Height

1,446

1,453

1,439

Wheelbase

2,564

2,470

2,511

Track, front

1,525

1,463

1,513

Track, rear

1,505

1,456

1,494

Head room, front

1,019

1,004

1,014

Head room, rear

964

943

955

Boot volume

351

280

330

Four petrol and two diesel engines are available. The petrol engines range from the 1.0 MPI with 65 PS to the brand new 1.5 TSI EVO with cylinder deactivation (ACT) and 150 PS. The Polo launches with diesel versions (TDI) with outputs of 59 KW / 80 PS and 70 kW / 95 PS. All of these models are equipped with a stop-start system and a regenerative braking mode. Starting from an output of 70 kW, all engines may be combined with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The GTI rounds off the Polo range as a highlight. The 2.0TSI in the Polo GTI develops 147 kW / 200 PS and comes with standard DQ250 6-speed wet clutch DSG.

October 2019

Updates for 2020 Volkswagen Polo

The Polo now receives lumbar adjustment as standard on SE and R-Line trims. Polo Beats customers can now opt out of exterior decals if they prefer.

February 2020

Volkswagen Polo Match launched

Replacing the second-tier SE trim in the Polo range, Match adds 15-inch ‘Seyene’ alloy wheels, front fog lights, rear tinted-windows, and front and rear parking sensors.

As per the outgoing SE, the Polo Match gets three engine and gearbox configurations – all 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol units. The 80PS EVO engine is available with a five-speed manual, while the 95PS turbocharged unit can be combined with a five-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG transmission. Low running costs are promised by both engines, with WLTP-certified CO2 emissions of 125 - 139 g/km, while fuel economy on the combined WLTP cycle ranges from 42.8 to 51.4 mpg.

The Polo Match starts at £16,465 for the 80PS variant, which represents a £785 value boost over the outgoing SE version given the generous amount of standard equipment and small price rise of £200.

The additional equipment on the Match bolsters the already plentiful package offered in the outgoing SE trim level, with standard-fit items including Car-Net App Connect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8.0-inch Composition Media infotainment system and lumbar adjustment for the front seats.

Engine and gearbox

Fuel economy (MPG, WLTP combined min-max)

CO2 (g/km, WLTP)

CO2 (g/km, NEDC)

Price (RRP OTR1)

1.0 80 PS 5-spd manual

48.7 – 51.4

125

106

£16,465

1.0 TSI 95 PS 5-spd manual

47.1 – 50.4

127

105

£17,180

1.0 TSI 95 PS 7-spd DSG

42.8 – 46.3

139

108

£18,530

What does a Volkswagen Polo (2017) cost?

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