Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Good Little Mover

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Good Little Mover

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Byline: By Andy Richards

It may only be a Polo, but this nifty mover is as hot as an extra-strong mint! It's pace and power took me completely by surprise.

The latest Polo is the fourth generation and the vehicle has obviously changed substantially over the years. But it has retained the values that have made it a success for more than 25 years - quality, safety, solidity, style and value for money.

Those are the qualities I expected to find. What I was unaware of was quite how quick the TDI 1.9 Sport is. Particularly impressive is the fact that, even at high speed, the vehicle clearly never struggles or feels strained.

It made my week's test drive much more fun than I was expecting.

Perhaps I, and many others, wrongly view the Polo, in the same way I did the old Nissan Micra - as an old person's car. I now know it is time to think again.

One of the most striking features of the latest Polo is its all-new front end, where the previous somewhat dated looks have been replaced with younger, "friendlier" Lupo-esque round headlights.

The sharply-raked rear end is also distinctive yet functional, with a wide boot opening. Large light clusters are reminiscent of those on the Passat, with short body overhangs suggesting space and stability. From the side, the three and five-door versions are both more distinguished than before.

The new Polo, which is slightly bigger than its predecessors, comes with a choice of eight engines - five petrol and three diesel. The range-topping 1.9 four cylinder TDI PD can also be found in the Passat, Golf and Bora ranges. It packs plenty of power, but also combines sporty performance with high economy.

A turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, a charge air cooler and direct high-pressure unit injector technology make for a lively 100PS at 4,000 rpm, and over 56 mpg on the combined cycle.

Because maximum torque of 177lbs is delivered at just 1,800rpm, the engine is particularly good fun to drive, with plenty of ample power on tap at all times. …

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