Presentation Volkswagen Polo


To draw the line between deep modernization and the new model is sometimes not easy.

Anatoly FOMIN


How well must a car be made to please the owner with long-term service? Where does the “necessary” quality end and the “redundant” begins, working no longer for reliability, but for prestige? These questions were prompted by the author of some innovations in the car.

Polo has now reduced the gaps along the contours of the hood and doors. Traditionally, on German cars they are more than, for example, on Japanese ones. And the reason is by no means in technology. It’s just that European developers are used to leaving more “living space” for harsh operating conditions, a long service life and unforeseen circumstances. But if the buyer wants small gaps, he will get them at the usual Volkswagen Polo.

The body is completely made of double-sided galvanized sheet! Who has seen a rotten roof even at the 40-year-old Beetle? How many are willing to ride the same car for more than 10 years? But the words “fully galvanized” magically affect customers, and a 12-year warranty against rust-through attracts Germans no less than Russians. So it will be done like that.

And competition is pushing to add more standard equipment to the base. A pair of airbags, ABS brakes, power steering, steering column height adjustment, athermal glass, filter in the heating and ventilation system, body-colored bumpers and mirror housings. Those who are not enough of this can choose one of the options for advanced configuration: Trendline, Comfortline, Highline, Color Concept. Now add eight types of engines with power from 50 to 125 liters. with., options with an automatic transmission and a few "bells and whistles" like an electric sunroof, air conditioning, navigation system or leather upholstery. Enough? Oh yes, the most powerful Volkswagen Polo GTI is also equipped with xenon arc headlights and an electronic stabilization system. Looking ahead, I’ll say: people designed the latter clearly not without a sense of humor. The car really stabilizes and is very effective, although an unprepared driver will have time to pretty drift before this happens.

Vienna loop

A short test route for exploring the new product - a loop of only 60 km around Vienna Airport - nevertheless, provided journalists with enough opportunities. Here is a piece of the autobahn with the country’s traditional limit of 130 km / h, and narrow city streets, and a bit wider “landstrasse”, where there is hardly a straight line in half a kilometer. In short, the micromodel of Europe. Didn’t there really be enough Moscow hatches and St. Petersburg tram tracks.

Some of the colleagues, who were more attracted to the entourage, having made a circle, could well enjoy the sight of playing polo and a barbecue in the fresh air, while others wanted to try out each Polo modification.

The first race by tradition - on the weakest car. Is the Polo a liter 50-horsepower engine enough? If you need more than just getting from point A to point B, then definitely not. However, having such a modest power unit, the Polo easily reaches 150 km / h and confidently accelerates in V gear from 60. Should I wish for more, bearing in mind the average fuel consumption of 5.7 l / 100 km? Only this model is equipped with tires 155 / 70R13 with reduced rolling resistance. In the corners, the weakest “Polo” begins to “swim” before the tribesmen. But it makes it very smooth and easy to control.

The next is the GTI Polo. Even in numbers, its capabilities look convincing: 100 km / h in 8.7 s, maximum - 205 km / h. The motor (1.6 liter, 125 hp) in a compact car with a rigid body, "dense" but quite comfortable suspension and very tenacious 195 / 45R15 tires "live" is even better than in the technical specification. Despite the high level of boost and slightly stretched for the "sports" version of the program, he completely admits the "lazy" ride, when reluctance to once again take the lever. The secret is simple - adjustable intake phases. Unlike all other polos, the GTI is very strict in management and does not forgive liberties, although a skilled driver will be able to get real pleasure from this car. The fact that you are driving the most powerful Polo is reminded not only of the chrome-plated rims of the instruments, but also of the assertive bass of the engine.

All other gasoline engines have the same volume of 1.4 liters, but different power. Younger, 60-strong - with two valves per cylinder, 75- and 100-strong engines - with four. And the transmission parameters of the cars are almost the same (the 100-strong Polo has close gear ratios), so there was a unique opportunity to “compare” the three engines “clean”. I must say that the weakest left the most pleasant impression with its flexibility and pull. Although, of course, his “top” is rather weak. The middle one seemed spineless - a typical modern multi-valve: there isn’t that sure traction at low revs, there is no “pickup” at the middle, the “top” seems to be not bad, but something is wrong here. The most powerful, 100-strong unit with the brightest temperament: "below" almost nothing, but what happens when the tachometer needle falls over for 4000! The soul sings, and the mind tells us that the knob of the gear lever will have to be changed simultaneously with the oil filter: it will be erased! No, such a machine is not for every day. In addition, a more powerful GTI and faster, and in the "walking" mode is more pleasant.

Now about the diesels. Under the hood, the Polo can be one of three: a 1.9-liter naturally aspirated pre-chamber old man producing 64 “mares”, a 1.7-liter naturally aspirated engine with direct injection (60 hp) and an ultramodern three-cylinder turbodiesel with pump nozzles (75 l. from.).

“The old man has few advantages: the low price and the relative cheapness of spare parts - in terms of fuel consumption, it is weak to compete with the new generation.” But the new couple is damn economical - the average consumption of 4.4 l / 100 km. The atmospheric diesel turned out to be noisy and unhurried, although the confidence with which he accelerated the Polo even in fifth gear caused genuine respect. The "inflated" motor is much faster and quieter. Engineers of the Volkswagen concern managed to hide the “turbo-yam” so well that the car confidently accelerates from almost 1200–1300 rpm, and the torque rises quite smoothly.


A short acquaintance did not aim to answer this question. From the wide range of models, everyone can choose what he likes. But is the next Polo really a new model? They say it is updated by 60%. This is more than enough to win the election, but even so many changed details are unlikely to be enough to recognize the new model. Despite the completely redone interior and an updated range of engines, the new “old” Polo will still live in the next century. The younger brothers of the Volkswagen seem to be the first to go on a fundamentally new platform. "Skoda" for example …

GTI Polo features

15 inch wheels