Volkswagen Polo

The 2018 Volkswagen Polo hatchback makes its global debut in Berlin. Now on its 6th generation, this subcompact hatch features an aggressive exterior look, generous interior space, and new driver assistance systems.

Comparing it to the previous model, the 2018 Polo has a meaner fascia, which is highlighted by its chiselled hood, LED headlights with Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), and sharper character lines. This hatchback also received honeycomb bumper grille, a new set of wheels, and integrated dual exhaust giving it a touch of sportiness.

Aside from that, this all-new hatchback has grown in all dimensions. It’s now 82 mm longer, 69 mm wider, 16 mm lower, and has 94 mm more legroom than the current local spec Polo. It also boasts a deep trunk that offers 71L more cargo space than the outgoing Polo. What all these numbers mean is that this hatchback comes with generous interior and luggage space for passenger comfort and cargo practicality.

A digitalised driver oriented cockpit can be found inside the Polo’s cabin. Its 6.5-inch infotainment system has been strategically placed above the air conditioning vents to give the driver a better view of the display/controls. This subcompact hatchback also has an Active Info Display on the instrument panel, which makes it easier for the driver to spot important information such as the current speed, gear, and navigation.

The all-new Polo will come in 3 standard variants; The base version Trendline, the mid-level Comfortline that comes with the composition color infotainment system, and the Highline which is loaded with park distance control, leather trims, and multi-function steering wheel.

The 2018 Polo also has 2 special variants called Beats and GTI. The Polo Beats, which targets a younger customer group, boasts a 300-watt sound system by Beats, 16-inch alloy wheels, decorative Beats decals, and sport seats.

On the other hand, the Polo GTI will excite those who prefer performance over good sound quality. This sport version of the Polo sits on a standard sport chassis. It also has a rear roof spoiler, diffuser, 17-inch alloy wheels, and sport seats. Under the hood, the Polo GTI has a 2.0L 200 hp turbocharged engine under its hood. (Volkswagen has yet to confirm if this is the new Gen 3B EA888 TSI engine.)

Speaking of engine, the all-new Polo comes with a wide range of EURO 6 mills (9 to be exact) in 1.0L, 1.5L, and 2.0L displacements with power output starting at 65, all the way up to 200 hp. These power units will burn up either natural gas, gas, or diesel fuel. Entry level variants will come with 5- or 6-speed manual transmission, while higher variants will have its engines mated to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox.

The 2018 Polo will make its way to dealerships in Europe by the end of this year. Hopefully, Volkswagen Philippines will bring in this subcompact hatchback to stir the competition.

For a better look at the 2018 Volkswagen Polo, watch the video below.

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