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.