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400HP VW Polo rally prototype from Poland

VW Polo racing prototype

A Polish racing team led by Paul Dytko has created this Volkswagen rally prototype, in preparation for the upcoming 2012 FIA European Hill-Climb Championship season. This is a custom built car and has nothing to do in common with the Volkswagen Motorsport’s Polo R WRC. The rally prototype features an impressive turbo engine that develops 400 hp (405 PS / 298 kW) and it allows the car to do the 0-62 mph sprint in approximately 4 seconds.

VW Polo racing prototype

As you would imagine, the costs for developing such a car are quite huge and Dytko’s team is still looking for sponsors who are willing to sponsor the evolution of the car, the next step being the introduction of a full steel tube chassis.

Source: germancarscene.com

Volkswagen Polo R-Line Launched In Germany

Volkswagen Polo R-Line

VW has announced the new R-Line package for the Polo which will be available at first in Germany. It will be offered in two packages: R-Line Exterior and R-Line Plus. The first one costs 1,450 Euros on the Polo Comfortline while for the Polo Highline is 1,010 Euros. The R-Line Plus is 855 Euros for the Comfortline and 450 Euros for the Highline.

Volkswagen Polo R-Line

Those who opt for the R-Line Exterior package will get 16-inch Mallory alloy wheels (17-inch alloys optional), R-Line bumpers, LED license plate illumination, roof spoiler, rear diffuser, side skirts, chrome tailpipes, fog lights and a black high-gloss grille.

With the R-Line Plus, the interior of the Volkswagen Polo gets a leather steering wheel with aluminum trims, sports seats in leather & Alcantara or “Kyalami” material, R-Line logo in chrome lettering, black roof lining, aluminum pedal caps and sill plates with the R-Line logo.

Source: VW via WCF

VW Polo Vs. Toyota Yaris, Which One Should You Buy?

Toyota Yaris vs VW Polo

So, time has come to buy a car but you don’t know which one to choose between the Volkswagen Polo and the Toyota Yaris? Well, to be completely honest, it is a tough decision as we consider that both cars are very good and we don’t know which one we would pick if we had to make a decision.

First of all, both cars are safe as they have received 5-star rating from EuroNCAP. However, the Polo comes as standard with ESP whereas for the Yaris you’ll have to pay extra. That rating is applicable for the newest generations of both cars whereas the older ones got three or four stars. Another advantage of the Polo is that you have a lot more choices as far as engines are concerned. Let’s enumerate the power units for both cars.

We start with the VW and the smallest engine available is a 1.2-liter 60 PS that has a combined mpg UK of 51.4 while CO2 emissions are 128 g/km. With this engine, the car reaches 62 mph from start in 16.1 seconds while its top speed is 98 miles. This engine is also available with a 70 PS output that has the same fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, while the 0-62 mph sprint is done 2 seconds faster and top speed is 103 mph.

Moving on, we find the 1.4 85 PS  that returns 47.9 mpg and has CO2 emissions of 139 g/km, while 0-62 mph is done in 11.9 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 110 mph. These figures are for the model fitted with the manual gearbox whereas the automatic one has a fuel economy of 48.7 mpg in the combined cycle, 135 CO2 g/km emissions while the top speed and 0-62 time are identical.

You can also get the Polo with a 1.2 liter with 105 PS that returns 53.3 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 124 g/km and a 0-62 mph time in 9.7 seconds. Fitted with this engine, the top speed is 118 mph. The most powerful engine available for the Volkswagen Polo would have to be the 1.4 180 PS (Auto) that generates 180 PS and has a combined mpg of 47.9 and 139 g/km CO2 emissions. Naturally, it is the fastest model in the lineup, reaching 62 mph in only 6.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 142 mph.

If you prefer diesel, the German automaker has to offer a 1.2 TDI with 75 PS and a more powerful 1.6 TDI with 90 PS. With the first one you get a fuel consumption of 80.7 mpg and CO2 emissions of only 91 g/km, which makes it the most eco-friendly engine in the lineup. 0-62 mph is done in 13.9 seconds while top speed is 107 mph. The other one, returns 65.7 mpg while CO2 emissions are 112 g/km. This one is a little bit faster as it is capable of hitting 62 mph in 11.5 seconds, on its way to a maximum speed of 112 mph.

Now that we’ve got that covered, let’s move on to the Yaris to see what the Japanese are offering. Well, as we said in the beginning, you get fewer engines than the Polo. The smallest of them all is the tiny 1.0-liter that manages to return 55.4 mpg while CO2 emissions are 118 g/km. The car can do the 0-62 mph sprint in 15.7 seconds while top speed is 96 mph. A bigger engine would have to be the

2008 Toyota Yaris 1.3

3 that has a combined mpg UK figure of 54.3, CO2 emissions of 120 mpg and it sprints to 62 mph in 11.7 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 109 mph. You can also get it with the 1.4 D-4D engine, which is the most eco-friendly engine in the lineup as it returns 67.3 mpg UK and has CO2 emissions of only 110 g/km. 0-62 mph time is 10.7 seconds while top speed is 109 mph.

Regarding the interior cabin, both models offer roughly the same amount of space while the quality of the materials seems to be a little bit better in the Yaris. Speaking of the Toyota, don’t forget that the older models have the dashboard mounted in the center (the new one has the traditional configuration). Personally, I’m not a fan of the dashboard’s style but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t choose the Yaris.

As far as the price tags are concerned, the VW Polo costs from 9995 pounds to 19415 pounds for the top-spec model whereas the Yaris has a base price of 10730 pounds and the most expensive one starts from 15285 pounds. If you’re going to buy a used one, keep in mind that parts for the Polo are in most cases more expensive than the one for the Yaris

Regarding reliability, the Yaris would have to take the 1st place here but don’t think that the Polo isn’t any good, on the contrary, it has proven its reliability over the years but it can’t compete with a car “Made in Japan”.

We’re not going to talk about the design because our opinion isn’t relevant. We are just stating the facts about these cars. However, if you do ask us, we’ll be more than happy to provide an answer.

If you’re interested in buying a used one, you should know that you’ll find thousands of cars, from all generations, except for the new generation of the Yaris which was recently launched so you probably won’t find it yet as a used car. Both of them are good city cars and you won’t have any problems finding a parking space. These are also perfect for 1st time drivers.

2008 VW Polo 1.4

In the end, let’s offer a real comparison of one Polo and one Yaris that are on sale today. On gumtree.com you can find a 2008 VW Polo that has a 1.4 engine and the seller is asking 4,500 pounds. It is the 5-door hatchback variant with the gasoline engine and a manual gearbox. He drove it for only 22,000 miles.


On the other side, we find a Toyota Yaris 1.3 Auto from the same year with 29,620 miles and the current owner wants to sell it for 5,750 pounds. This is a 5-door blue Yaris that comes with AC and the seller mentions in the ad that he will provide the car’s service book.

As you can see, the cars are from the same year with roughly the same engine capacity. In my opinion, the guy with the Yaris is asking too much for the car and if I were to pick from these two I’d take the Polo because it’s a lot cheaper and it has fewer miles on the odometer.

Of course, this would have to be a simple comparison that we can make, but in the end, the decision is up to you. Don’t forget that you’re not limited to these two models as there are plenty of alternatives, here are just a few of them: Citroen C1, Skoda Fabia, Honda Jazz and the Renault Clio.

If you were hoping for an easy answer, there isn’t one as you’ll have to take into consideration a lot of factors. Taking into consideration that you are going to choose from two great cars, you really can’t go wrong on this one.

Source: Gumtree| Photo: Autofans.be

VW Polo Gets New Trim Level

VW Polo Match

A new trim level is now available for the Volkswagen Polo, the German car manufacturer announced a few days ago. Dubbed “Match”, this is now used as a replacement of the SE and Moda trims and packs “650 pounds worth of equipment”, but it is 215 pounds less than the two outgoing variants.

The starting price for VW Polo Match is 11,300 pounds and for this money you get 15-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, front fog lights while inside the cabin you can find electric windows, multifunction computer and AC.

The car can be ordered with a choice of three engines, two gasoline units and one diesel. The entry-level gasoline engine is a small 3-cylinder 1.2-liter unit that produces 59 hp while the more powerful 1.4-liter unit develops 84 hp. The 1.2-liter diesel engine packs 74 hp. All of these are linked to a 5-speed manual transmission. For the 1.4-liter gasoline engine you can opt for an optional 7-speed DSG gearbox.

The 5-door VW Polo Match fitted with the aforementioned 1.4-liter (84 hp) and the optional 7-speed DSG gearbox will set you back 14,485 pounds.

Source: VW via Autocar.co.uk

Volkswagen formally presents the CrossPolo

After revealing just a few shots of the new Volkswagen CrossPolo before the Geneva Motor Show, the German company has formally revealed its newest plastic-clad ‘off-roader’.

As you can imagine, you won’t be able to take the CrossPolo on special trails or anything like that. But, if you find yourself in need of a car that must cope well with city life, but still be capable of getting dirty every now and then, well the CrossPolo might peak your interest.

As you can see, a variety of plastic accessories has been added, the VW Group’s idea of off-road credibility, as well as roof rails. A set of 17-inch wheels seem a bit out of place, but they’re still standard for this model.

While the Polo was already a pretty aggressively-designed compact, we must admit that the plastics, at least in the front end, do make look even tougher.

The Volkswagen CrossPolo will be available in Europe and other territories, except the US, at least for now. Six engine options, neatly split between gasoline and diesel units, will be available, ranging from 69 HP to 104 HP. The 7-speed DSG gearbox is available for the most powerful units, while the manual is standard for the rest.

Check out the 2011 Volkswagen CrossPolo model in the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Volkswagen CrossPolo


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2011 Volkswagen Polo Sedan revealed in Russia, coming to the US soon

Hatchbacks are extremely popular in certain territories, like Europe. But other countries always bear a remarkable grudge against these shorter models. As such, carmakers are forced to derive sedans out of hatchbacks, resulting in the so-called notchbacks.

The latest model to join the group is the Volkswagen Polo, recently named both the European and the World Car of the Year. The attractive compact hatch has now been revealed as the 2011 Volkswagen Polo Sedan in Russia.

While it is being billed as a model specifically made for the Russian market, it won’t stay there for long, as it will definitely make its way onto US shores in the near future. Why? Because Americans don’t want to touch hatchbacks even with a ten foot pole, but also because VW wants to increase sales.

The Russian Polo Sedan has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, capable of 103 HP. We can expect the same engine, or a smaller but turbocharged TSI unit to appear on the US version.


Volkswagen Polo R set to arrive after GTI?

Volkswagen revealed at the beginning of the year that its new R performance division (think BMW’s M or Mercedes-Benz’s AMG) will improve a lot of models currently in the range of the German company.

It seems that after the Scirocco R and the Golf R, the next model to receive a performance upgrade will be the Polo hatchback. As you may remember, VW launched the Polo GTI hot hatch (pictured above) two months ago in Geneva, with its 1.4-liter TFSI (twincharged) engine developing 170 HP.

For the Volkswagen Polo R, engineers plan on adding an even more potent 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, capable of a whopping 210 HP. This unit will no doubt be connected to a DSG gearbox but, unlike the Golf R, will send its power only to the front wheels, as the Polo’s platform doesn’t support AWD, like the Golf’s.

We were extremely pleased with the upcoming Polo GTI so the aspect of even more power being squeezed out of the compact hatch should make things even hotter for the 2010 World Car of the Year winner.


Volkswgen Polo receives 2010 World Car of the Year award

The 2010 New York Auto Show brought forth a lot of big news. By far the most eagerly awaited was the announcement of the 2010 World Car of the Year winner.

We revealed to you the nominees at the beginning of the month, and you even voted for quite a lot of them in each category.

Now, the results are in, and the winner of the 2010 World Car of the Year award is the Volkswagen Polo. For those keeping score, its a back to back win for VW, as it received the 2009 WCOTY for the Golf VI last year. Also, this isn’t the first recognition the Polo got, as it also earned the 2010 European Car of the Year award. The other two finalists in the category were the Mercedes-Benz E Class (which received most of your votes) and the Toyota Prius.

The 2010 Performance Car of the Year winner is the Audi R8 V10, beating the Ferrari California and the Porsche 911 GT3. The R8 V10 also gathered the most votes in our own polls.

The 2010 Green Car of the Year award was won by Volkswagen’s BlueMotion lineup, consisting of the Polo, Golf and Passat. Its two other rivals were the Honda Insight and the Prius. Once more, you guys named the same winner in our own survey.

Last but not least, the 2010 Car Design of the Year award was won by the Chevrolet Camaro, beating the Citroen C3 Picasso and the Kia Soul. You were also on the same page, voting the big American muscle car.

Overall, a clean sweep for Volkswagen, managing to win through its brand and through Audi.

Volkswagen CrossPolo presents itself before Geneva debut

Volkswagen is keen on expanding the lineup of the new generation Polo compact hatchback, and after revealing the eagerly awaited GTI performance edition, the German company also unleashed the CrossPolo variant.

The new model will share floor space with the GTI at the Geneva Motor Show and brings an array of “off-road” accessories, even though it will barely be suited to go up a grassy hill. The ride height has been increased a bit, 15mm, and as you can see, the already normal VW group off-road accessories are present in the form of plastic molding around the wheel arches, side skirts, as well as the front and rear bumpers.

Customers will also find things like silver roof rails as well as spoiler in the front, complementing the honeycomb grille in the lower air intake. This rugged appearance will be completed with a set of 17-inch two-tone wheels.

As usual, VW is offering the new CrossPolo with an array of six engines, three petrol ones: naturally aspirated 1.2 and 1.4, as well as a 1.2 TSI turbocharged, and three diesels. All of the power units can be ordered with a six-speed speed manual or a seven-speed DSG gearbox.

You will be able to enjoy the VW CrossPolo in Geneva, and on the European market around summer. Don’t cross your fingers for a North American launch anytime soon.


Volkswagen Polo GTI officially revealed before its Geneva debut

After much speculation and rumors, Volkswagen decided to reveal the high performance variant of its compact hatchback, the Polo GTI.

The new car will share a lot of things with the Seat Ibiza Cupra, including the 1.4-liter turbo and supercharged four-cylinder engine, capable of 177 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque. This power will be sent by the seven-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox through an XDS differential to the wheels. 0 to 62 mph is achieved in 6.9 seconds, and the pocket rocket can go up to 163 mph.

In terms of style, you can clearly see the influence from the bigger Golf GTI, especially in terms of body kit and aggressive touches. The interior also received a sportier tone, complete with the three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel.

No price has been revealed for Europe, and it’s not that likely this hot hatch will make it to North America anytime soon. Europeans however will get a chance to see it at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Diesel fans, at least according to other rumors, might wait a bit for a GTD performance model.


JE Design offers Volkswagen Polo body kit

The new Volkswagen Polo looks great. It’s much more aggressive style is what makes it stand apart from its fellow B segment hatchbacks and also helped it earn the 2010 European Car of the Year award.

But JE Design thought its looks can use some improvement, and has released a new body kit package for the small German model. The kit itself is made out of a front spoiler, a set of more aggressive side skirts and a restyled rear bumper with a faux carbon fiber diffuser, all for $2,000 (€1528). If you want a set of wheels to go alongside it, JE Design offers either a 17-inch or an 18-inch set, both finished in shadow silver and costing $2,475 (€1809) and $2,600 (€1929) respectively.

Other accessories for the Polo V include a center-mounted exhaust system from stainless steel, LED daytime running lights, lower springs and a new KW coilover suspension. For the inside, the tuning company offers options like leather upholstery, heated or massaging seats.

Performance upgrades aren’t available just yet, but according to JE Design, they are in development and an announcement will arrive soon enough, hopefully before the Polo GTI gets here.


Volkswagen brings Polo and Polo Cup Racer to New Delhi

The New Delhi Auto Expo wasn’t just about new Japanese concepts, as Volkswagen also made an appearance, with its new Polo model and, as a special treat, a Polo Cup racer, which will debut in a national competition in India this summer.

First off, the stock Polo will be available with two 1.2-liter engines, a petrol one which can output 75 HP and 110 Nm of torque, and a diesel one, which can develop 75 HP with 180 Nm of torque. It will be launched soon enough on the Indian market, with VW hoping to take a chunk of the compact hatchback niche.

But the most interesting appearance was the Polo Cup racer, which boasts a 1.6-liter R4 diesel engine, which can output 130 HP and 250 Nm of torque. The car also features a six-speed manual transmission, an adjustable performance suspension, a new body kit, a racing seat and a roll cage, making it fit for its debut in June in the Indian Polo Cup competition.


Video: Want a drag car? How about this 1032 HP Volkswagen Polo

Drag cars are usually big heavy beasts with rear-wheel drive, preferably made in the USA, but the crazy people at AME Racing looked at an old Volkswagen Polo and thought that the Golf’s little brother has plenty of racing potential.

After implanting a heavily modified 1.85-liter engine, with almost all of its inner workings enhanced for track use, they added a Garrett GT 40R turbocharger, a new intercooler and fitted it with a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive system from an Audi TT. After that, they swapped out any unnecessary weight, leaving the petite Polo weighing just 920 kg (2,028 lbs).

The result of this Frankenstein-inian combo? 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.3 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 6.3 and up to 250 km/h in 9 seconds. The small European compact hatchback will be able to run the quarter mile drag strip in just 9.15 seconds, reaching 257 km/h (159.6 mph).

Don’t believe us? Hit the jump to watch a video of the monster dragster.

Volkswagen’s new compact sedan to bear Jetta name, Polo might arrive in the US

Volkswagen's new compact sedan to bear Jetta name, Polo might arrive in the US

Volkswagen has big plans for the North American market, as new reports indicate that the codenamed New Compact Sedan the company has been preparing might keep the Jetta nameplate. Also, according to Car and Driver, there are plans to bring the Polo compact hatchback in the US, in order to battle newly released models like the Ford Fiesta. Also, you should expect a new coupe concept to appear in motor shows soon enough.

First off, the new compact sedan (clever codename right?) will be manufactured at the Mexico plant where the Jetta is currently made. In order to keep the brand (or perhaps they ordered too many Jetta badges), the new model will bear the same name, and might arrive as soon as summer 2010 on the US market, and after a few tweaks, on the European one.

Seeing as how the newest trend in the USA are compact hatchbacks, with Ford’s Fiesta leading the new push into the segment, Volkswagen might be tempted to bring its Polo model, especially after it received the prestigious European Car of the Year award.

Last but not least, it seems that the German company is thinking about releasing a new coupe model, which will be previewed by an upcoming concept, that will make the rounds at the biggest auto shows. Depending on the reaction of the media and the market, a green light might be given.

Overall, VW is definitely preparing some big surprises for the US market, and alongside the new sedan, it might pull it off. What will work and what won’t is something only time will tell.


Volkswagen Polo is the 2010 European Car of the Year

Champagne and cookies for everyone at Volkswagen as the company has just receive the 2010 European Car of the Year award for its Polo compact hatchback. The small German model has inched away from the Toyota iQ and won the prestigious award.

The competition was tough to say the least, and although we had our money on the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra to step into the shoes of its bigger brother and last year’s winner, the Insignia, the Polo seems like a good choice.

Here is the final list, as voted by almost 60 automotive journalists from the old continent:

1. Volkswagen Polo 347 points
2. Toyota iQ 337 points
3. Opel/Vauxhall Astra 221 points
4. Skoda Yeti 158 points
5. Mercedes-Benz E-class 155 points
6. Peugeot 3008 144 points
7. Citroen C3 Picasso 113 points

Do you agree with this decision? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment to this article.


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