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Volkswagen Polo Review 2019


Volkswagen Polo 2019

Volkswagen not only builds amazing cars, they even call them amazing. Well, Volkswagen has named some of its vehicles after the sport. As we already know from the Golf, a family friendly and exclusive hot hatch. But there is another, less related to Golf and more closely related to SEAT Ibiza. Well, we’re talking about the Polo, which was introduced way back in 1975 and is now its 6th generationth Generation.

Well, the first generation to hit the market was a facelifted version of the Audi 50. While it resembled an entry-level hatchback, it sat lower than the Audi 50. The interior and exterior design were simply styled to attract buyers for cheap cars. Also, this generation was limited to the European market. The second generation received some notable changes that made it look like the rest of the Volkswagen hatchback family. And it was the first time it came to the UK market.

The third generation was even more different, and this time the Polo entered the Australasian market. Its later success led to its penetration into Latin America, where it successfully defeated some of its common rivals.

Then came the fourth and then the fifth generation, both with an improved design and drive mechanism. While the fifth only landed in 2018. The current generation in the sixth, launched in the same year, is available in 6 trim levels. Additionally, $20,505 is the starting price for this car, which extends to $30,180 for the finest trim level.

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engine transmission hp torque
1.0 – 2.0L 5 and 6 – manual gearbox

7-speed automatic

65 – 200 hp 60 – 190 lbs – feet
0 – 62 MPH top speed body style MPG
8.3 sec 130km/h hatchback


22 city / 28 highway


Bonnet of Volkswagen Polo 2019

The Polo serves as the inaugural version in some markets. The 3 cylinder engine is the common beast found on every other Polo on the market. The Polo is certainly famous for this small-caliber engine, especially in the South Asian part.

The 1.0 liter sucker sits at the beginning. There are 5 variants available for this caliber, two of them with petrol, the remaining three with CNG. In addition, the entry-level version has 65 hp and the top-of-the-range petrol engine has 75 hp. While the CNG models have 89, 95 and 115 horses. And all come standard with the 5-speed manual gearbox.

The Performance Edition starts with the 1.5 liter 4-cylinder engine with an output of 150 hp. While this package comes with the 6-speed manual gearbox. In addition, the 2.0 L 4-pack engine with 200 horses sits on it. And you will find that in the finest equipment variants. There is also a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The only diesel variant is equipped with a 1.6 L 4-pack engine and two levels of tuning. The base model has 80 horses while the top trim has 95. Additionally, they get a 6-speed manual transmission, with the automatic being an option in some markets.

Well, the handling is pretty smooth. Not much compared to golf though. But it’s good enough to take some smooth corners and keep the car stable on the freeway.

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2019 Volkswagen Polo exterior

The Polo is similar to the Golf. Even some of the design structures are similar in both cars. But the Polo is almost 7 inches shorter than the Golf. Before that, the cosmetics collections even resemble the Golf. Well, the Polo is certainly the staple ingredient for family drivers. In addition, standard cosmetics include steel wheels, halogen lamps and everything else you can find on an entry-level hatchback. While the top trim levels get alloy wheels and spoilers. Before that, the GTI models share a sporty structure like the larger wheels.

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Interior of the Volkswagen Polo 2019

The comfort level is good for 4 passengers including the driver. Cloth seats are standard. While the leather interior is available for the top and sport versions. In addition, there are enough comfortable seats available in this car. And for the cargo, you get enough space to easily transport the monthly purchases. Well, the interior is comfortable enough that you don’t feel tired on the freeways and long drives.

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Features of the Volkswagen Polo 2019

The standard editions are usually equipped with an audio system with a radio. Optional is the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which is usually standard on European markets. Well, this system is powered by the Car-Net app. In addition, it includes multimedia options, telephony, smartphone connectivity and navigation. Before that, the Polo gets a color combination display with configurable options. And for entertainment, the Polo has a 6-speaker audio system good enough to make your car rock.

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2019 Volkswagen Polo Safety

The Polo has enough safety features to make every journey safe. Numerous passive safety features are installed, including airbags, seat belts and the child seat’s tethers. While the active safety pillar is filled with electronic stability control, forward collision warning system and anti-lock braking system. In addition, driver dynamic features include drowsiness detection, hill climb assist, pedestrian monitoring, speed limiter, and a few more features. Volkswagen also takes care of the protection of your car in advance. That’s why the Polo gets an alarm system, keyless entry and theft-proof wheel bolts.

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Suzuki Swift

According to some UK sources, the Suzuki Swift is another option you might consider alongside Polo. It’s powerful, stylish and comfortable. Besides that, it offers a good family package for the small families.

Still, the Polo is indeed a good car if you need an entry-level hatchback edition. The cheaper maintenance costs and lower fuel costs would never bother your wallet much.


Mackenzie Bostock
Typical thinker. Music geek. Hardcore travel aficionado. Amateur reader. Organizer.

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