Volkswagen power boosts Polo range

Volkswagen power boosts Polo range

Following the addition of the Polo GTI in April in this year, Volkswagen has given its perennial top-selling Polo range a further shot in the arm with the launch of its first BlueMotion TSI petrol engine, as well as a new turbodiesel option and the much anticipated GTI manual.

Available in Europe since April last year, the BlueMotion uses the same 1.0-litre three cylinder turbocharged engine that debuted in the refreshed Audi A1 three months ago.

Slotting below the range topping 1.2 TSI, the new one-litre mill produces 70 kW and 160 N.m of torque with a five-speed manual being the sole transmission option. Top speed is rated at 191 km/h with the 0-100 km/h sprint taking 10.5 secs. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 4.2 L/100 km and emissions at 97g/km.

Replacing the now discontinued 1.2 and 1.6 TDI engines offered on the pre-facelift Polo, the new 1.4 TDI three cylinder can be had in two states of tune and three trim levels, with a five-speed manual box again the only transmission choice.

Offered in base Trendline spec, power is rated at 55 kW and 210 N.m of torque with Volkswagen claiming a 0-100 km/h time of 12.9 secs and top speed of 173 km/h. Fuel consumption mirrors that of the BlueMotion with emissions being 108 g/km.

Moving one up, both top spec Highline and off-road inspired Cross models produce 77 kW and 250 N.m of torque with 0-100 km/h over in 9.9 secs (10.5 secs) and top speed reaching 194 km/h (187 km/h). Combined fuel consumption is rated at 4.1 L/100 km (4.2) and emissions at 108 g/km (111).

Joining the previous DSG only model, the new manual Polo GTI foregoes the seven-speed dual clutch box in favour of a six-speed manual, as well as 70 N.m of torque increase to 320 N.m, with power from the 1.8 TSI remaining unchanged at 141 kW. Performance and top speed are also unchanged at 236 km/h and 0-100 km/h in 6.7 secs, while fuel consumption goes up to 6.0 L/100 km and emissions to 139 g/km.

A three year / 120 000 km warranty and three year / 45 000 service plan is standard on all models.



1.0 TSI BlueMotion70 kW / 160 N.mR235 800
1.2 TSI Trendline66 kW / 160 N.mR201 900
1.2 TSI Comfortline66 kW / 160 N.mR225 900
1.2 TSI Highline81 kW / 175 N.mR246 700
1.2 TSI Highline DSG81 kW / 175 N.mR262 200
1.2 TSI Cross81 kW / 175 N.mR254 700
1.4 TDI Trendline55 kW / 210 N.mR223 500
1.4 TDI Highline77 kW / 250 N.mR252 000
1.4 TDI Cross77 kW / 250 N.mR260 000
1.8 TSI GTI141 kW / 320 N.mR313 300
1.8 TSI GTI DSG141 kW / 250 N.mR328 800


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