Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

VW's Newest Polo Stands Test of Time

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

VW's Newest Polo Stands Test of Time

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WITH prices and values shifting all over the place, consistency pays and models such as the Volkswagen Polo have proved they stand the test of time.

It has been a staple of the VW range for over 30 years and its quality city car credentials have endured and been envied by other manufacturers.

The newest generation Polo, the fifth to carry the name since launch in 1976, immediately strikes you as being larger than before and close to the early Golf in overall terms.

Increasing the size of Polo means it is not only roomier but it rides better and there is greater body stiffness so the refinement is greater as well.

There are over 30 models in the new Polo series and the SE TDI available with three or five doors sits towards the top of the range which costs between pounds 10,000 and pounds 15,800.

This is a comparatively new engine and like others from VW it is very good. It proved an immediate starter, pulled eagerly and quietly and had a good spread of power to deliver satisfying performance.

With the five-speed gearbox operating through a light clutch the powertrain was in its element whether negotiating crowded streets or open roads.

The 75ps engine is not overworked and never sounds strained or busy. It delivers performance smoothly and strongly and you never feel let down even when the car is loaded. It is low polluting and has the potential for exceptional economy.

Responses to steering and brakes are similarly good and it stops quickly and without drama or a heavy foot. Parking is very easy thanks to a good steering ratio and very modest weight to the system.

Minor controls come to hand, the simple instruments are immediately in front of the driver and there are clearly displayed gauges and plenty of warning lights.

Heating and ventilation is straightforward and the air conditioning works seamlessly and remarkably quietly but full climate control is available for pounds 355. …

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