2014 Volkswagen Polo gets a fresh look, new engines and tech

Since the debut of the compact Up! city car, the Volkswagen Polo is no longer the smallest Volkswagen in production, but this supermini still is a very important model for the company with over 14 million sold worldwide since its introduction in 1975.

For 2014 a new updated Polo has been launched with a range of new technologies and efficient engines, along with a makeover inside and out.

Visually the new Polo boasts redesigned front bumper and grille, with a chrome line that separates the front fog lights. LED headlights are optional and a first in this class. Rear changes include new taillights and a new bumper. Five new alloy wheel designs complete the exterior look.

Interior features redesigned instruments and a new steering wheel, refreshed centre console with new heating and ventilation controls.

The new tech features come from the latest seventh-generation Golf, while some of the new engines are from the Up! city car.

New Polo comes now in 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.

A modular infotainment system, also from Golf is being introduced across the Polo range as well.

Other notable Options include a Driver Alert System and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Automatic Cruise Control.

There is also a new optional Sport Select suspension system, using electronically controlled dampers to switch between two suspension settings.

Engines range includes new three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with power ranging from 60bhp to 148bhp.

The entry level unit is a 1.0-litre MPI with 60bhp and the range topping 1.4-litre TSI with 148bhp.

The most fuel efficient is the 74bhp Polo TDI BlueMotion, delivering 88mpg with CO2 emissions of just 82g/km.

Ordering books open in April with first deliveries expected in late July.


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