VW Polo Hero
Ever heard of the saying; “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”? Or how about this one: “The more things change, the more they stay the same”? You’ve probably heard of both, many times, and they both perfectly describe the new VW Polo; newly released, and all dressed up in VW’s new corporate suit, which was first seen on the highly desirable Scirocco and then followed up on the new Golf.

This new face elevates the Polo to a somewhat premium level, but only just. The rest of its CV presents the technology and ideology carried over from the old car, coincidentally Editor Brendon’s choice of wheels at the moment.

Move inside the car and the space and structure is familiar. The new Polo is larger, but this aspect is not easily recognizable, although a VW staff member alluded to the fact that I’d collected more blubber since the old car was introduced. I must agree, just. However, the instrument binnacle is borrowed straight from the new Golf while the rest of the dashboard residents, such as climate control buttons, are seemingly sourced from an older catalogue.

All is well inside, and the same values in practicality, look and feel, of the interior are spot on. Venturing beyond the new sheet-metal is a story that touches on our second analogy. Instead of spending countless Euros on new R&D for new engines, VW disapointingly carried the old engines over into the new car. As released, there’s the 1.4i petrol (63 kW/132 Nm) in both Comfort and Trend line; a 1.6-litre petrol (77kW/155 Nm) and a mill I reckon is the pick of the bunch, a 1.6-litre TDI with 77 kW and 250 Nm. My vote for this variant is due to its combo of power, fuel usage, and probably the celebration of owning the current range-topper. If the latter match your requirements, then you’d have a car that is both entertaining and sensible.

You better hurry and milk the exclusivity angle while the shine still shines, VW is banding about a GTI version that will most probably look better, run quicker, and come in a three-door body-shape format.

Getting back to reality, the new Polo is certainly a looker. While VW may have tweaked its chassis to make it safer, and more efficient, across the board, it failed to shine, mostly as this car is heavily based on Brendon’s model, the old Polo. Mind you, this is not a bad thing at all. That car was magnificently engineered to offer affordable motoring that wasn’t necessarily risky to its owner’s life, pockets and self-esteem. So there you have it, the more the Polo changes, for now though, it stays the same and if the concept of the old car isn’t broke then don’t try to fix it.

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Phuti Mpayne
Motoring Writer