Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Volkswagen Polo SE 1.4TDI 3dr

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Volkswagen Polo SE 1.4TDI 3dr

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Byline: Peter Keenan

THIS is one Polo without any holes in it. Volkswagen's supermini seems to have been around forever and there's a good reason for its longevity - a commitment to producing a quality small motor that's practical with low running costs.

It is the second-best-selling model in the UK for VW with 70% of sales to retail customers.

The latest incarnation, introduced in 2014, moves the game along with several innovations designed to keep it at the head of the pack.

You can specify either a three or five-door car with six trim levels, starting with the S model.

All models from the SE trim upwards get automatic distance control which uses a radar sensor integrated into the front of the car to detect distance from the vehicle in front maintaining a preselected speed while braking or accelerating in traffic.

The Polo has an allergy to using fuel that VW call BlueMotion Technology. It gives the 1.4-litre three-cylinder diesel engine I tried a claimed average fuel consumption figure of 80-plus mpg - I achieved close to 70mpg with a combination of town and motorway driving - and tax-busting carbon-dioxide emissions of just 88g/km.

The system, standard on all Polos, includes a stop/start function and battery recuperation to recover energy lost during braking - thus saving fuel and reducing emissions. Indeed you will initially think that the fuel gauge is broken as it seems refreshingly unwilling to move.

VW have also made safety a priority so in addition to driver's and front passenger's airbags, front side airbags, Isofix child-seat preparation for two rear child seats and electronic stability control, the Polo's safety systems also include an automatic post-collision braking system as standard for the first time.

It follows studies that show around a quarter of all traffic accidents involving personal injury occur when there is a second impact after the initial crash. …

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