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Volkswagen Polo 1.0 MPI 2014 Road Test Review

Honest John


Driving the revised Polo is as relaxed and effortless as ever. We've previously described it as the 'baby Golf' and it certainly feels like a bigger car in terms of refinement and ride quality, yet is still small and nimble when dealing with town traffic and tight parking spaces. It gets a new electro-mechanical steering system that's designed to improve efficiency and offer more precise control and you notice it through corners where the Polo feels more composed than previously.

The engine range has been revamped with more economical and cheaper to run models. So out goes the old 1.2 petrol to be replaced by a 1.0-litre unit from the smaller Volkswagen Up. It's an engine that has received plenty of praise in the Up and it works well in the Polo too. Like the engine it replaces it's a three-cylinder engine but has more urgency low down and is quiet on the move helped by good sound insulation.

Despite its smaller size, the new 1.0-litre is quicker from 0-62mph than the old 1.2 engine. It's also considerably more economical, according to the official figures, with a claimed 60.1mpg compared to 51.4mpg. Emissions are down too and at 106g/km meaning annual tax of just £20 - a saving of £90 a year over the 1.2. In fact no Polo now emits more than 110g/km meaning low running costs.

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