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17 Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI R Line 3dr

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From £15,495Save £1265 on list price
£1291.68 deposit
£179 per month

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

'Lights On' warning buzzerBluetooth Telephone preparation
Driver alert systemMulti function display
Multifunction computerPAS - speed related
Service interval indicatorWarning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened


6 speakersComposition media system with radio, glovebox mounted CD, colour touch screen, SD card, aux-in, USB, multimedia interface
DAB Digital radio 

Exterior Features

Black grille with chrome surroundBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesBody colour door mirrors
Body colour rear spoilerElectric front windows
Electric operated/heated door mirrorsFlared body colour side sills
Front fog lights with static cornering functionFront wash/wipe with interval delay
Heat insulated tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backHeat insulating tinted glass
Heated rear window with auto timerLED headlights with auto range adjustment, headlight wash, low washer fluid warning, LED daytime running lights
LED rear number plate lightsRear window wash/wipe with intermittent delay
Stainless steel door sill protection 

Interior Features

12V power socket in centre console2 bag hooks in luggage compartment
2 cupholders3 rear head restraints
3 spoke steering wheel4 grab handles
60/40 split folding rear seatAluminium pedals
Black roof liningCentre console storage
Chrome interior door handlesDriver and passenger sunvisors
Driver seat height adjustDust/pollen filter
Easy entry slide seats (access to rear seats)Front and rear carpet mats with red stitching
Front centre armrest with storage compartmentFront door pockets
Front passenger seat height adjustFront seat backrest storage nets
Front sport seatsFront/rear reading lights
GloveboxHeight/reach adjustable steering column
Illuminated vanity mirrorInterior light with delay
Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seatsLuggage compartment cover, removable
Luggage compartment lightingMatt chrome gear lever gaiter surround
Storage compartment in front doorsSunglasses holder
Variable boot floor 


Cruise and Park Pack - Polo 


3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners3x3 point rear seatbelts
Automatic Post collision brakingDriver/front passenger airbag
Driver/Passenger whiplash optimised head restraintsESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
ESP with EDL + ASRHBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
Hill hold controlTyre pressure monitoring system


Alarm with interior protectionElectronic engine immobiliser
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys 


Air vents in Matt chromeMatt chrome interior trim


16" Salvador alloy wheel with anti theft wheel boltsFull size spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification


CO2 (g/km)107Noise Level dB(A)70
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1197Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)60.1EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)70.6EC Urban (mpg)47.1


Badge Engine CC1.2Badge Power90
Coin DescriptionTSICoin SeriesR Line
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0715EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage10000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1


0 to 62 mph (secs)10.8Engine Power - BHP90
Engine Power - KW66Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4800Engine Torque - LBS.FT118
Engine Torque - MKG16Engine Torque - NM160
Engine Torque - RPM1400Top Speed114


Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front215/45 R16
Tyre Size Rear215/45 R16Tyre Size SpareFULL SIZE
Wheel StyleSALVADORWheel Type16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Width (including mirrors)1901 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)45Gross Vehicle Weight1620
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)952Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)280
Max. Loading Weight513Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1000Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked550
Minimum Kerbweight1107No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.6
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Volkswagen Polo

The improved fifth generation Volkswagen Polo is undeniably impressive but can it work its way into June Neary's affections?

Will It Suit Me?

Despite coming to me for recommendations as to what sort of car to buy and, predictably, ignoring them, three of my good female friends have recently bought brand new Polos. It's not that it's a bad car - quite the opposite is true - but it's one that has never really suited me. Every time I'd driven a Polo in the past, it had never really felt like a car with its own persona, instead coming across as a shortchanged Golf. As my friends seemed to have confirmed, it was a safe fallback option; socially acceptable but terminally unadventurous. Since then, I've been changing my views and the revised fifth generation version we're going to look at here is a far more fully-formed vehicle than its predecessors.


You wouldn't guess as much from the styling which, more than ever, seems like a Russian doll version of the Golf. So low key is the Polo's styling that the updates to this latest car will be lost on many customers. Exterior changes are ultra-subtle, with sharper creases on the redesigned front bumper and grille and the addition of a chrome line that separates the front fog lights. Drop inside and the instrument panel has been redesigned, as has the steering wheel design. The centre console has also been given a mild makeover with heating and ventilation controls now easier to operate. Soft touch plastics and subtle aluminium detailing are the order of the day but the cabin is notably less austere than before. There's a 280-litre boot which increases to 952-litres when the rear seats are folded down. In the cabin it at first appears that Volkswagen has lavished quite a budget on the Polo with soft touch plastics and subtle aluminium detailing giving it a high class look. Scratch beneath this veneer, however, and there is evidence of cost cutting. Nothing you couldn't live with though.

Behind the Wheel

The big surprise for me was the way the Polo drove. I've never found Polos to deliver much in the way of a grin when squirted along a challenging road, but underneath its sober suit, this car was a bit of an extrovert. It helped that it was powered by Volkswagen's 105bhp 1.2-litre TSI engine which is a really puppyish thing but the suspension system seemed far more supple and less crashy than the old Polo's and there;'s enough pep to be able to maintain a good pace. The steering feels very light at low speeds but weights up nicely when you start shifting. I also had the opportunity to try the 90bhp 1.4 turbodiesel engine that all three of my friends bought and while it's impressively refined and gets great fuel consumption, I can't help but think that they've missed a trick in not specifying the 1.2 TSI petrol.

Value For Money

The reason I place the 1.2 TSI above the 1.4 TDI diesel, apart from it being a more spirited drive, is largely down to simple economics. None of my friends drive their cars big distances. They might get the occasional weekend outing but they're largely used for school run and shopping duties. The diesel car is £500 dearer to buy, costs more to service and at the modest mileages my friends do, will never pay for itself back. They'd have been better sticking with the quicker petrol car. So much for intra-family rivalries. How does the Polo fare as a value proposition against, say, a Ford Fiesta? Despite the Fiesta's more blue-collar image, it isn't actually any cheaper to run. To buy one that gets close to the Polo 1.2 TSI's speed, you need to fork out for a 1.6-litre Zetec model which returns worse fuel economy and can't get close to the Polo's residual values. Now I'm beginning to see why friends wear a rather self-satisfied expression at the wheel of their VWs.

Could I Live With One?

I can see that buying and running a Volkswagen Polo makes all kinds of sense. They're reliable, genuinely classless (in the best meaning of the word), and in 1.2-litre TSI form, a good drive. These qualities should make this little VW a car I could easily live with but despite earning my respect, I never fully bonded with the Polo. Perhaps my refusal to grow up means that I could find all of these qualities in the rather more extrovert SEAT Ibiza, which shares much of the Polo's mechanicals. It comes down to brand loyalty I suppose. If you've always liked the idea of a Volkswagen, you'll almost certainly like the idea of this one.

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Personal contract purchase (PCP)

Representative finance example
Monthly payment£179
Term (months)49
Fixed interest rate5.93%
Cash price£15,495
Volkswagen deposit£1800
Credit amount£12,403.32
Completion fee£10
Guaranteed future value£6007.50
Total amount payable£17,701.18
Contract mileage24000
Excess mileage charge6.0p per mile
APRFixed 6% APR representative

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  • A new car every three or four years
  • Flexible mileage options available
  • Pay the guaranteed future value at the end of your contract if you want to buy the car

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