There were a lot of "ohs" and "uhs" when the latest Polo was presented to the public at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, a few months back. Almost all of those onomatopoeia words were directed at car's styling, since most voices were saying that it looks just like a shrunken Golf. We must say that some of us thought just about the same, but then a few months since the international launch we kind of digested the whole design idea, especially after experiencing it in person.
As a general design cue, the latest Polo is definitely modern and kind of stylish looking. It's also full of straight and converging lines, giving an overall clean appearance. After first giving in to the Golf VI more-than-obvious resemblance, you can observe quite a big connection with the Polo Mark II and III.
The front looks very much like a smaller and angrier Golf VI, with a lot of horizontal lines which emphasize its width and overall "flatness". Our test car had somewhat of a blood orange color, which also increased the car's cuteness. In this trim level and with this color, the new Polo kind of looks like a Pomeranian on steroids. The front-end is very "butch".
The Polo Mark II and II resemblance is best seen in the side view. Apparently, the man in charge of Volkswagen's brand facelift, Walter De'Silva, is on a "back to the roots" mission with its new VW designs. Before jumping to conclusions you should know that all new Volkswagens won't be mere modernized copies of the ones two or three generation ago, but will have their original designs with both retro and modern cues.
The rear is looks almost like a more flat and modernized Polo III, which is very far from being a bad thing. On the whole, the new Polo is quite a good-looking small hatchback, its overall design being a nice combination of understatement, aggressiveness and cuteness, with the last part very much depending on the chosen exterior color.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
This is so effing... ahem... funny! You gotta love these ridiculous Germans! They go from ruining one brand after another. It's almost like watching a snuff movie depicting a corporate suicide. And you know who's responsible for this... ahem... huge doo-doo? Just one guy, and his name is Walter de'Silva.
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