Although the latest Polo is larger even than the first generation of the Volkswagen Golf, and about as long as a Golf Mark II, it's still a snappy little car around town. The overall length is just 3970 mm (156.3 inches), which allows the little bugger to squeeze into both a lot of proper or improper parking spaces and in busy city traffic. Although our test car wasn't equipped with neither front nor rear parking sensors, lateral parking is a breeze thanks to the petite size and the rather low-steering ratio.
Overall visibility would have been almost perfect if it wasn't for those gorgeous-looking mirrors, but with a shape and size which would be more appropriate on a five year old's electric toy car instead of the Polo. Yes, they look cute, funky, sporty, etc. whatever you want to call them, but they're simply atrocious to be used by someone who doesn't posses a nice pair of eagle eyes.
Although we only managed to test the lowest powered version of the brand spanking new 1.6-liter TDI engine in the VW Polo range, the little bugger actually managed to really impress us. And we mean that in the good way. The 75 horsepower only have to do with 195 Nm (143.8 lb ft) of torque, which aren't exactly the greatest numbers when it comes to modern oil burners of this displacement (1598 cc).
However, the maximum torque figures are available from as low as 1500 rpm all the way to 2500 rpm, which translates into a mighty long torque curve, helping you in both squeezing the maximum amount of power from it and achieving a rather low fuel consumption versus performance. Considering the above data, we achieved a medium fuel consumption of around 6.5-7 liters per 100 kilometers (US 33.6 – 36.2 mpg) in a city with highly congested traffic.
Taking into account our test car only had a little over 2000 kilometers (about 1200 miles) on board, and the fact we didn't drive it like a bus driver, these figures would surely drop much closer to the official 5.1 liters per 100 kilometers (US 46.1 mpg) in another time and circumstances. In other words, the VW Polo 1.6 TDI with 75 horsepower won't meet a lot of gas stations along its trips.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
A giant "Vee Double You" logo on the front grill, a turbocharged diesel under the hood and five doors - is there anything in the world more practical than this on European roads? You KNOW there isn't, right? This cute little red Polo is like deja-vu all over again for me, don't know exactly why though.
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