Volkswagen Polo Updates Improve Value, Add Equipment

Hands up, who remembered that Volkswagen still sells the Polo amidst the excitement of the smaller Up and new Golf?

We don't blame you if you forgot - the Polo still sells in large numbers but its subtle, grown-up looks are at odds with most vehicles in the class. And that's why it's attractive to so many customers - there's no fanfare about it, just a good, honest car with the right badge.

Not that VW can leave it unattended and expect it to clean up, which is why the Polo is now offered with a new trim line and a host of slight tweaks.

As before, you can still spend remarkably little on a Polo, the base 1.2-litre 60 PS petrol costing just 10,490 in S trim. It's not enough to make you check your glasses, walk into lamp posts or give fellow commuters funny looks as the adverts suggest, but if all you need is a decent small car then it's a palatable price.

Renamed is the old Match edition, now called the Match Edition (note use of capitalisation). VW says this indicates the enhanced specification. To customers, this means the addition of rear parking sensors, cruise control and an alarm - 510 worth of equipment, for a 135 increase in price. Match Edition models kick off at 11,910 for the 60PS 1.2.

Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion

An R-Line Style model is new to the range, and 11,740 is enough to net you the R-Line body kit, 16-inch alloys and a Bluetooth phone kit, with the same 1.2-litre engine as the Polo S it's based on. Choose between Flash Red, Candy White, Nimbus Grey and Deep Black Pearl paintwork, and whether to spend 715 extra on air conditioning.

The full-fat R-Line models are still available, with the 105PS turbocharged TSI 1.2. The R-Line starts at 15,295 with three doors, and another 620 gets you an extra pair of entry points.

Bluemotion, SEL, R-Line, BlueGT and Polo GTI models all gain an alarm, rear parking sensors and cruise control as standard, and pricing remains unchanged.

That means the 80.7 mpg Bluemotion can be yours for 15,500, the cylinder-deactivating 61.4 mpg BlueGT for 17,400 and up, and the 180PS, DSG-equipped GTI for 19,435.

Until June 30th, all Polos also come with a 1,000 deposit contribution if you opt for VW's Solutions PCP package. Monthly payments can be as little as 135, at 6.4% APR and 3 years, 30,000 miles. Free insurance is also available depending on age, and three years servicing can cost just 249. Pester your VW dealer for more info.

Priced from: 10,490
Available from: Now

Volkswagen Polo GTI

Conclusion

Even if the Polo doesn't pull at the heart strings, the gently revised range offers better value than before. R-Line Style models should be popular with younger buyers too, competitively priced and a little more stylish than basic Polos, yet endowed with the same insurance-friendly engines.

For more information check out our full summary of the Volkswagen Polo alongside reviews, stats, photos and videos!

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