Unlike its big brother and similarly-styled Volkswagen Golf, the latest Polo is built on an entirely different platform than its predecessor, the Polo Mark IV. The same underpinnings can be found on the new Seat Ibiza and will also be used by the future Audi A1. This pretty much makes the current Polo the complete opposite of its first generation ancestor, which was based on an Audi model and not the other way around.
Although the Audi A1 will be directed mainly at the Mini Cooper, apparently the Polo platform won't be providing the same level of sportiness, since the rear suspension is still semi-rigid. Nevertheless, while this might sound like an "antique" solution for a car of Audi's caliber, it's not that bad when found on the lower level Polo.
Apart from the stuff we've already covered in the other chapters of our test drive, the biggest surprise – technical wise – to be found in the new Volkswagen Polo is the 1.6-liter TDI engine under the hood. Although we only got to drive the lowest powered version of the diesel mill it was enough to convert us into believing.
Benefiting from the latest optimization of the Common Rail technology, the four-cylinder engine provides an exemplary level of fuel consumption, while the sound levels among (if not THE) best in its class. We already mentioned its fuel economy, but to add further substance to our conclusions, let's just say that this was the first modern diesel we've experienced in which the gear shifter doesn't vibrate almost at all. Talk about efficient engineering.Continue reading