Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI Life 2021 UK review

Facelifted Polo remains a very grown-up small car, but it’s pricey

What is it?
Time waits on no man. Or vehicle. While since we practice run the existing Volkswagen Polo as well as proclaimed it leading of the supermini class, many new or completely rejuvenated rivals have actually gotten in the battle royal.

So it’s renovation time for the Polo. Its design is awkwardly caught in between VW’s older, extra rectilinear layout language and also the a lot more recent swoopy monobrow style first seen on the Mk8 Golf, that makes the fussier fronts lights as well as bigger tail-lights rest a little worried on the much more restrained body.

VW has actually likewise changed the trim levels with even more kit fitted as criterion. Not counting the GTI, there are just 3: Life, Style as well as R-Line. The most inexpensive Polo, setting you back ₤ 17,885, is currently a Life with a 79bhp naturally aspirated 1.0-litre, but actually you want at least the 94bhp turbocharged version costing ₤ 18,825, which can be paired with a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automated along with a five-speed handbook. There is likewise a 108bhp DSG-only version, which is exclusively an R-Line design and also costs ₤ 23,355.

Whichever variation you select, it is among the most costly non-hybrid superminis, so it makes sense that VW estimates 60% of UK Polos will have the 94bhp engine, as well as 75% will certainly be Life trim. Helpfully, our examination cars and truck is both.

What’s it like?
4 years earlier, the Polo’s huge stamina was its spaciousness, which hasn’t altered. It’s still among the roomiest superminis. In the back, just a Skoda Fabia or Honda Jazz are extra spacious as well as its 351-litre boot is similar to the Ibiza’s, albeit smaller sized than the Renault Clio’s as well as Fabia’s.

The 94bhp engine can be a little grumbly reduced down, yet it revs efficiently and would be perfectly ample were it not for the high gearing on the five-speed handbook, which means that it requires many revs to make great progression. Happily, thrashing it seems to make little difference to the fuel economic climate, as well as it obtains 50mpg easily. Its refinement on the motorway is so excellent that it would serve in an automobile from the course over.

Where the Polo has actually obtained one of the most significant uplift is in the standard-fit tech. There are currently basic LED headlights, an 8.0 in multimedia display, a completely digital instrument cluster and a multifunction wheel. That collection is clear as well as modern-day, yet unless you pay ₤ 300 additional for the Digital Cabin Pro, half of the offered property continues to be dark.

All Polos additionally come with adaptive cruise control as well as traveling assist. That’s fairly uncommon in a little vehicle, as well as what’s even rarer is that both in fact work well. At the same time, it’s surprisingly bare, with things like automated environment control and keyless entrance consigned to the choices checklist.

Normally, we ‘d criticise the multimedia screen for still being the old system, yet in VW’s instance, the old system is normally more receptive and also has even more faster ways, to ensure that’s in fact a good thing. Navigation isn’t standard, however, so if you push the ‘Nav’ button in a base-spec cars and truck, it displays a message informing you that you can include this function in the Volkswagen Shop. However, there’s cordless Apple CarPlay and also Android Vehicle and also, typically, Waze and also Google Maps transcend to built-in navigation systems anyway.

However where the Polo’s brother or sister, the Seat Ibiza, got a substantial interior uplift when it was facelifted previously this year, the Polo remains basically the exact same, which suggests it’s just as ascetic and dull inside as before. The materials are fine, if second best, as well as the comfort designs, seat convenience and construct high quality are beyond reproach, yet in a Clio and even a Fabia or Dacia Sandero, you at the very least obtain a flash of colour below, a gently intriguing texture there, something to cheer points up.

Should I acquire one?
Among VW’s crucial staminas constantly used to be that its automobiles were well engineered as well as well developed, but unobjectionable in every way.

It’s something that has actually been lost somewhat with the extra highly complex models like the Golf as well as ID 3, so it’s pleasing that the Polo adheres to the old viewpoint, however a bit much more joie de vivre would not harm.