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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact
Production years: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

The Polo nameplate had been around ever since 1975 and was sold worldwide in a hatchback, sedan or estate version.

The third generation Polo or the Mark III was unveiled to the public in 1994 and was a completely new model built on an all-new platform shared with the Seat Ibiza. Thew new platform used the previous generation’s floorpan and many other mechanical parts.

While the then-new Polo had a similar dashboard, as well as the same powertrain options as the Ibiza, the two never shared any body panels.

For 1995, the Polo could be equipped with an all-new 1.0-liter gasoline engine that was added to the range. Other engines available were a 1.3-liter, a 1.4-liter, a 1.6-liter all gasoline and a 1.9-liter diesel unit. Power ranged between 44 hp developed by the 1.0-liter unit to 99 hp with the Classic and Variant models.

At first, the Polo was available as a three-door or a five-door hatchback, however, the sedan and the estate versions was later introduced.

Much better equipped than its predecessor, the new Polo featured body color bumpers, heated power mirrors, pollen filters, central locking, fog lights, alloy wheels, airbags and head restrains.

Four trim levels were available at first, the base L, the CL, the GL and the range topping GLX. However, the trim levels were different depending on the market.

The third generation Polo was later replaced at the end of 2001, however, the saloon and the estate models were kept in production until 2003.

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VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
  5 gasoline engines
  • 1.0L 5MT (45 HP)
  • 1.3L 5MT (55 HP)
  • 1.4L 5MT (60 HP)
  • 1.4L 5MT (100 HP)
  • 1.6L 5MT (75 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 1.9L D 5MT (64 HP)
  • 1.9L SDI 5MT (64 HP)
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VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.0L 5MT (45 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.0L 5MT (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
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
90.1 mph (145 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
21.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/70 R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
53.9/55.1 in (1,369/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.1 in (104 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.7 cuFT (246 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1873.9 lbs (850 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3031.4 lbs (1375 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
35.6 mpg US (6.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
157 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.3L 5MT (55 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L 5MT (55 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1296 cm3
Power
40 KW @ 5200 RPM
54 HP @ 5200 RPM
54 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
74 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
100 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Monopoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
96.9 mph (156 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
16.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/65 R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
53.9/55.1 in (1,369/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.1 in (104 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.7 cuFT (246 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1873.9 lbs (850 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3031.4 lbs (1375 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
36.2 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
155 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.4L 5MT (60 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 5MT (60 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1390 cm3
Power
44 KW @ 4700 RPM
60 HP @ 4700 RPM
59 BHP @ 4700 RPM
Torque
86 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
116 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
99.4 mph (160 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/65 R13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
53.9/55.1 in (1,369/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.1 in (104 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.7 cuFT (246 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1951.1 lbs (885 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3086.5 lbs (1400 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)
Highway
46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)
Combined
36.2 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
151 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.4L 5MT (100 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 5MT (100 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1390 cm3
Power
74 KW @ 6000 RPM
101 HP @ 6000 RPM
99 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
94 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
128 Nm @ 4400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
116.8 mph (188 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/55 HR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
53.9/55.1 in (1,369/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.1 in (104 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.7 cuFT (246 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2039.3 lbs (925 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3196.7 lbs (1450 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24.5 mpg US (9.6 L/100Km)
Highway
43.6 mpg US (5.4 L/100Km)
Combined
34.1 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
166 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.6L 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1598 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 5200 RPM
75 HP @ 5200 RPM
74 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
94 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
128 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Monopoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106.8 mph (172 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/65 TR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
53.9/55.1 in (1,369/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.1 in (104 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.7 cuFT (246 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2001.8 lbs (908 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3086.5 lbs (1400 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
167 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.9L D 5MT (64 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L D 5MT (64 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1896 cm3
Power
47 KW @ 4400 RPM
64 HP @ 4400 RPM
63 BHP @ 4400 RPM
Torque
92 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
124 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Indirect Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
99.4 mph (160 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/65 TR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
53.9/55.1 in (1,369/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.1 in (104 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.7 cuFT (246 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2061.3 lbs (935 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3163.6 lbs (1435 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
30.5 mpg US (7.7 L/100Km)
Highway
53.5 mpg US (4.4 L/100Km)
Combined
42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
160 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.9L SDI 5MT (64 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L SDI 5MT (64 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1896 cm3
Power
47 KW @ 4200 RPM
64 HP @ 4200 RPM
63 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
92 lb-ft @ 2200 RPM
124 Nm @ 2200 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
99.4 mph (160 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/65 TR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
146.5 in (3721 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
55.9 in (1420 mm)
Front/rear Track
53.9/55.1 in (1,369/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.1 in (104 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.7 cuFT (246 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2061.3 lbs (935 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3163.6 lbs (1435 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
37.9 mpg US (6.2 L/100Km)
Highway
61.9 mpg US (3.8 L/100Km)
Combined
50 mpg US (4.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
157 g/km
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