After carefully reading through the specs and some of the mumbo jumbo we've already covered so far, some of you might have gotten the idea that the Volkswagen Polo 1.6 TDI is somewhat of a slouch, only fit for cruising around town with errands and the likes. Well, as surprising as it may seem, this is probably the sportiest 75 horsepower car we have ever driven. Apart from the extremely wide torque band (for a diesel), there's absolutely nothing going in Polo's favor when it comes to performance.
Only 75 horsepower and 195 Nm (143.8 lb ft) on a 1200-something kilograms (2700 pounds) car shouldn't make miracles. And like we said, at least on paper, they don't. The naught to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration takes a never-ending 14 seconds, but the the truth is a little different than that. Although it has a transmission with only five gears, the Polo 1.6 TDI is snappy to say the least. The "snappiness feeling" should have ended when we left the city's limits behind us but, remarkably, it didn't.
The direct steering, the perfect setup of the suspension, the low weight and the aforementioned wide torque range all contribute to a much sportier feeling than what the numbers are actually telling you. Don't think that this is a low-cost supercar or anything, but we have to say we were quite a bit surprised. Despite its low power, the Common Rail TDI under the hood doesn't give you shivers when overtaking, while the excellent fuel consumption we experienced in the city drops even lower.
How do four-four and a half liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (US 52.3 - 58.8 mpg) sound to you? We failed to achieve the advertised 3.6 liters per 100 kilometers (US 65.3 mpg), but that's only because we didn't actually drive it by the book. Still, the numbers we achieved are more than satisfying for anyone with either Scottish or Jewish blood in them.
On the whole, the new Volkswagen Polo 1.6 TDI should be less of a "rara avis" on highways than its name might suggest. Sure, the 90 or 105 horsepower versions of the new TDI under the hood might be the better options when looking for an appropriate all-rounder, but the little 75 hp midget should be nothing to be ashamed of. Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Awww, this is so cute! Little, red and high-tech looking. I must admit I have a huge crush on this type of cars. They're like... so me! Sadly, I also gotta say that the "OMG it's so cute!" feeling kind of faded the moment I stepped inside. Can anyone tell me why? No, wait. I'll do it.
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