Whereas there’s not an enormous quantity right here for keener drivers to get enthusiastic about, the Polo TDI retains the sure-footed, predictable dynamic qualities of its petrol-powered brethren. The steering is fairly gentle and comparatively fast, lending the Polo loads of agility round city, whereas at motorway speeds it’s carries with it the identical sense of calm you’d discover in a bigger Volkswagen Group product. It’s not fairly as nimble or rewarding as an equal Ford Fiesta or Seat Ibiza, although.
Its strut-type entrance and torsion beam rear suspension preserve lateral roll and vertical journey in verify by bends and over undulating surfaces, whereas it’s low velocity experience is – for probably the most half – equally as comfy and inoffensive. Our solely grievance right here, is that the non-obligatory 17in alloys fitted to our check automobile emphasise imperfections within the street floor to a level that the usual 16s don’t.
That diesel engine, in the meantime, lends the Polo a good quantity of punch. Whereas its 185lb ft of torque is on the market from 1500rpm, it doesn’t really feel notably enthusiastic till the revs stray above 2000rpm – at which level the acceleration will arrive in a surge. Refinement isn’t notably noteworthy, both, with a noticeable grumble each at a standstill and underneath throttle. Nonetheless, when you’re in control, issues cool down.
Getting in control is a straightforward course of, too. The pedals are all sensibly spaced and weighted, whereas the five-speed handbook transmission that comes as normal at this degree is constructive and brief in throw. It’s not going to make you need to interact with it greater than it is advisable to, although. The driving place, in the meantime, is spot on because of loads of adjustability within the seats and steering column.
As for the cabin, it carries with it a extra upmarket really feel than you get from many different contenders on this market section. Central to that is Volkswagen’s Uncover Navigation infotainment system that – because of its slick graphics and sharp responsiveness – is about as near class main as you may get. Our check automotive additionally featured the Energetic Data Show, which replaces the Polo’s normal dials with a 10.3in TFT customisable display screen that may present the sat nav map in-between the dials, journey info, cellphone contacts and extra. Similarly to the 8in display screen within the central sprint fascia, the Energetic Data Show is extremely straightforward to learn and work together with, and definitely well worth the £325 asking value.
Inside area, in the meantime, isn’t fairly as tight as it’s possible you’ll count on it to be in a automotive on this class. Two adults will be capable to sit within the again in affordable consolation – supplied they’re across the six-foot mark – owing to first rate leg- and headroom. Bootspace, in the meantime, is available in at 351 litres with the rear seats in place. By means of comparability, a Seat Ibiza has 355 litres, whereas a Honda Jazz manages 354.
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