- 1.2 60 SE 5dr
- Spec Date
- Body Type
|CO2 emissions||128.0 g/km|
|Road tax||£110 per year|
- Body coloured bumpers
- Heated door mirrors
- Remote central locking
- Traction control
This vehicle may have been advertised at the higher price for less than 28 days, but for a minimum of 10 days.
|'Lights On' warning buzzer||PAS - speed related|
|Service interval indicator||Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened|
|Body colour door handles||Body coloured bumpers|
|Body coloured door mirrors||Body coloured side sills|
|Chrome trimmed radiator grille louvre inserts||Daytime running lights|
|Electric front windows||Electric operated/heated door mirrors|
|Front wash/wipe with interval delay||Heat insulating tinted glass|
|Heated rear window with auto timer||High gloss black finish B pillar|
|Load lip protective shield||Rear electric windows|
|Rear window wash/wipe with intermittent delay|
|12V power point in luggage area||12V socket with cover|
|2 bag hooks in luggage compartment||2 cupholders|
|4 grab handles||60/40 split folding rear seat|
|Centre console storage||Chrome interior door handles|
|Delay courtesy light function||Driver and front passenger under seat drawer|
|Driver seat height adjust||Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors|
|Dust/pollen filter||Front door pockets|
|Front head restraints||Front passenger seat height adjust|
|Front seat backrest storage nets||Glovebox|
|Instrument panel - Illumination control||Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seats|
|Luggage compartment cover||Luggage compartment lighting|
|Note pad holder, pen holder and coin holder in glove box||Reach adjustable steering column|
|Reading lights||Rear door pockets|
|Rear head restraints||Steering column rake adjustment|
|Strata cloth upholstery||Three spoke steering wheel|
|Variable boot floor|
|3x3 point rear seatbelts||ABS|
|Driver and passenger airbags||ESP with EDL + ASR|
|Front side airbags||HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)|
|Two tone horn|
|Electronic engine immobiliser||Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys|
|Matt chrome trim|
|Steel space saver spare wheel|
|HC||0.045||Noise Level dB(A)||73|
|NOx||0.042||Standard Euro Emissions||EURO 5|
Engine and Drive Train
|Fuel Delivery||MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION||Gears||5 SPEED|
|Number of Valves||12||Transmission||MANUAL|
|EC Combined (mpg)||51.4||EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg)||62.8||EC Urban (mpg)||38.7|
|Badge Engine CC||1.2||Badge Power||60|
|Coin Description||60||Coin Series||SE|
|Insurance Group 1||2||Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07||4E|
|Insurance Group 2||E||Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years||12|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years||3||NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %||90|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %||86||EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.||9|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09||5||EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.||9|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %||41||NCAP Safety Assist %||71|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage||60000||Standard manufacturers warranty - Years||3|
|Vehicle Homologation Class||M1|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||16.1||Engine Power - BHP||60|
|Engine Power - KW||44||Engine Power - PS||True|
|Engine Power - RPM||5200||Engine Torque - LBS.FT||80|
|Engine Torque - MKG||11||Engine Torque - NM||108|
|Engine Torque - RPM||3000||Top Speed||98|
|Tyre Size Front||185/60 R15||Tyre Size Rear||185/60 R15|
|Tyre Size Spare||SPACE SAVER||Wheel Style||CASTILLE|
|Wheel Type||15" ALLOY|
|Width (including mirrors)||1901|
Weight and Capacities
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)||45||Gross Vehicle Weight||1550|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)||952||Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)||280|
|Max. Loading Weight||483||Max. Roof Load||75|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked||1000||Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked||520|
|Minimum Kerbweight||1067||No. of Seats||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb||10.6|
Review courtesy of Car and Driving
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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|Representative finance example|
|Total amount payable||£5820.20|
|Fixed interest rate||5.5%|
|APR representative||Fixed 10.6% APR representative|
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