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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact
Production years: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994

Volkswagen introduced a facelift for the second generation of the Polo in 1990, and besides the three-door hatchback and the sedan, it offered a sportier-looking version named Polo Coupe.

The Polo was already an old model. It was on the market since 1981, and the carmaker didn't show an actual intention to change it. Still, it had enough resources to make it a better car. Along the way, it lost the slim bumpers and gained fuel-injected and supercharged engines.

For the 1990 facelift, the carmaker dropped the round headlights for the Polo Coupe. A pair of squared headlamps replaced them, and the entire front fascia got rounded edges. The black slated grille remained in place with a chromed VW badge on it. A wrapped-around plastic bumper extended downwards into an apron enhanced the car's look. For a specific version, the carmaker added flared wheel-arches. In the back, the kammback design with a raked-forward rear windscreen and C-pillars made the little Polo looks sportier.

Inside, the carmaker kept the angular look of the dashboard, with a flat area in front of the passenger side and a small instrument cluster raised in front of the driver. A two-spoke steering wheel was standard, while a three-spoke was on the options list. The instrument panel featured two large dials for a clock and a speedometer with two gauges for the coolant temperature and the fuel level. As an option or standard for the upper trim levels, Volkswagen installed a tachometer. The cabin provided enough room for two occupants at the front and limited for two in the back. Still, for short trips, those were just fine.

Under the hood, the Polo Coupe offered a choice of gasoline engines ranged between 45 hp and 113 hp. The latter was known as the Polo G40 and featured a 1.3-liter supercharged engine.

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VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.0L 4MT (45 HP)
  • 1.3L 4MT (54 HP)
  • 1.3L 5MT (75 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 1.4L D 5MT (48 HP)
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VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.0L 4MT (45 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.0L 4MT (45 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1043 cm3
Power
33 KW @ 5200 RPM
45 HP @ 5200 RPM
44 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
56 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
76 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Monopoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.1 gallons (42.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
90.1 mph (145 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
20.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
148 in (3759 mm)
Width
61.8 in (1570 mm)
Height
53.1 in (1349 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/53.1 in (1,321/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
92.1 in (2339 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.1 in (104 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1690.9 lbs (767 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2711.7 lbs (1230 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
36.2 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
154.7 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.3L 4MT (54 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L 4MT (54 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1272 cm3
Power
40 KW @ 5200 RPM
54 HP @ 5200 RPM
54 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
72 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
97 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Monopoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.1 gallons (42.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
95.7 mph (154 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145/SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
148 in (3759 mm)
Width
61.8 in (1570 mm)
Height
53.1 in (1349 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/53.1 in (1,321/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
92.1 in (2339 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.1 in (104 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1699.8 lbs (771 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2711.7 lbs (1230 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
171.4 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.3L 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1272 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 5900 RPM
75 HP @ 5900 RPM
74 BHP @ 5900 RPM
Torque
73 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
99 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.1 gallons (42.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106.9 mph (172 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/70 TR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
148 in (3759 mm)
Width
61.8 in (1570 mm)
Height
53.1 in (1349 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/53.1 in (1,321/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
92.1 in (2339 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.1 in (104 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1721.8 lbs (781 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2711.7 lbs (1230 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
169 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.4L D 5MT (48 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L D 5MT (48 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1398 cm3
Power
35 KW @ 4500 RPM
48 HP @ 4500 RPM
47 BHP @ 4500 RPM
Torque
63 lb-ft @ 3100 RPM
85 Nm @ 3100 RPM
Fuel System
Indirect Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
11.1 gallons (42.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
88.2 mph (142 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
19.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
145/SR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
148 in (3759 mm)
Width
61.8 in (1570 mm)
Height
53.1 in (1349 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/53.1 in (1,321/1,349 mm)
Wheelbase
92.1 in (2339 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.1 in (104 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1752.7 lbs (795 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2755.8 lbs (1250 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
45.2 mpg US (5.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
137.8 g/km
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