Small city cars are becoming more and more practical as the size of our urban areas expand and the space on our roads is being squeezed to the minimum.
Car makers are constantly trying to pack as much as they can into these little run-arounds. In a couple of weeks, the sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo will arrive in Ireland in time for 2018 sales with pricing starting at €16,795 for the 1.0-litre 65hp Trendline.
Volkswagen chiefs tell us that the new Polo is dramatically larger than the car it replaces. It is 81mm longer, has a 92mm longer wheelbase and has a 71 litres larger luggage capacity than before (351 litres). Designers have built this new Polo is an entirely new car from the ground-up and will now be only available as a five-door model.
Inside, this is a car that has been developed for the digital era. It is the first car in its class to be offered with the optional Active Info Display. This replaces the traditional analogue speedometer and driver cluster with a hi-res 10.25-inch digital display. There are infotainment systems of up to 8-inches in size available and digital interfaces for smartphones allowing users greater access to their apps and various online services on board.
In Ireland, the new Polo comes in Trendline and Comfortline specification, but there will also be a top-of-the-range GTI version, due to arrive in early 2018.
The engine range offered consists of the 1.0-litre 65hp petrol, 1.0-litre 75hp petrol, 1.0-litre TSI 95 bhp petrol and two diesels, a 1.6-litre TDI 80 bhp and a 1.6-litre TDI 95hp. The GTI features a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine putting out 200hp.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.