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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

In 2001, Volkswagen introduced the fourth generation of its small-sized contender, the Polo.

And it wasn't that small anymore.

The 2001 Polo was bigger than its predecessor. It was longer even than the first generation of its bigger sibling, the Volkswagen Golf. The increase in size and features made the little Polo a better alternative for other established compact-segment vehicles. Volkswagen installed a wide choice of safety features, which were not even available for other cars from Polo's segment.

From the front, the Polo resembled the look of the new, smallest, Volkswagen Lupo with four round headlamps at the front. A black grille took an imposing position between them and gave the car a friendly look. The designers stated that they design a car to look happy, so the potential customers will smile when they see it.


Inside, the Polo featured a long list of equipment types, either standard or from the options list. The air-conditioning unit was fitted as standard on the higher trim levels. There were a few options for the seats, starting with plain bucket seats and ending with a pair of sport-bucket ones for the Polo GT. The sportiest version, named GTI, was available only on the three-door version.

The small Polo came with an extensive list of available engines with power ranging between 55 to 115 hp.

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 2001 - 2005 6 Photos
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VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 2001 - 2005
  6 gasoline engines
  • 1.2L 12V 5MT (65 HP)
  • 1.2L 5MT (55 HP)
  • 1.4L 4AT (75 HP)
  • 1.4L 5MT (100 HP)
  • 1.4L 5MT (75 HP)
  • 1.4L FSI 5MT (86 HP)
  4 diesel engines
  • 1.4L TDI 5MT (80 HP)
  • 1.9L SDI 5MT (64 HP)
  • 1.9L TDI 5MT (101 HP)
  • 1.9L TDI 6MT (130 HP)

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.2L 12V 5MT (65 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.2L 12V 5MT (65 HP)
Cylinders
L3
Displacement
1198 cm3
Power
47 KW @ 5400 RPM
64 HP @ 5400 RPM
63 BHP @ 5400 RPM
Torque
83 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
112 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
100.7 mph (162 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
153.5 in (3899 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.7/55.9 in (1,440/1,420 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.8 cuFT (249 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2167.1 lbs (983 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3417.2 lbs (1550 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
30.9 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)
Highway
46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)
Combined
39.9 mpg US (5.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
142 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.2L 5MT (55 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.2L 5MT (55 HP)
Cylinders
L3
Displacement
1198 cm3
Power
40 KW @ 4750 RPM
54 HP @ 4750 RPM
54 BHP @ 4750 RPM
Torque
78 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
106 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
94.4 mph (152 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
17.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
153.5 in (3899 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.7/55.9 in (1,440/1,420 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.8 cuFT (249 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2138.5 lbs (970 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3373.1 lbs (1530 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
30.2 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)
Highway
49 mpg US (4.8 L/100Km)
Combined
39.9 mpg US (5.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
142 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.4L 4AT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 4AT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1390 cm3
Power
55.2 KW @ 5000 RPM
75 HP @ 5000 RPM
74 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
93 lb-ft @ 3800 RPM
126 Nm @ 3800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
104 mph (167 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
153.5 in (3899 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.7/55.9 in (1,440/1,420 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.8 cuFT (249 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2116 lbs (960 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3285 lbs (1490 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
26.7 mpg US (8.8 L/100Km)
Highway
45.2 mpg US (5.2 L/100Km)
Combined
36.8 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
154 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
93 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
126 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)
10.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
153.5 in (3899 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.7/55.9 in (1,440/1,420 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.8 cuFT (249 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2281.8 lbs (1035 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3461.3 lbs (1570 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
Highway
42.8 mpg US (5.5 L/100Km)
Combined
34.1 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
166 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.4L 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1390 cm3
Power
55.2 KW @ 5000 RPM
75 HP @ 5000 RPM
74 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
93 lb-ft @ 3800 RPM
126 Nm @ 3800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106.9 mph (172 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
153.5 in (3899 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.7/55.9 in (1,440/1,420 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.8 cuFT (249 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2189.2 lbs (993 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3439.2 lbs (1560 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
26.7 mpg US (8.8 L/100Km)
Highway
45.2 mpg US (5.2 L/100Km)
Combined
36.8 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
154 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.4L FSI 5MT (86 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L FSI 5MT (86 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1390 cm3
Power
63 KW @ 5000 RPM
86 HP @ 5000 RPM
84 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
96 lb-ft @ 3750 RPM
130 Nm @ 3750 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
110.6 mph (178 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
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
153.5 in (3899 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.7/55.9 in (1,440/1,420 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.8 cuFT (249 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2220.1 lbs (1007 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3483.3 lbs (1580 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
30.5 mpg US (7.7 L/100Km)
Highway
50 mpg US (4.7 L/100Km)
Combined
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
139 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.4L TDI 5MT (80 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L TDI 5MT (80 HP)
Cylinders
L3
Displacement
1422 cm3
Power
58.8 KW @ 4000 RPM
80 HP @ 4000 RPM
79 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
144 lb-ft @ 2200 RPM
195 Nm @ 2200 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
105.6 mph (170 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
153.5 in (3899 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.7/55.9 in (1,440/1,420 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.8 cuFT (249 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2343.5 lbs (1063 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3615.6 lbs (1640 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)
Highway
58.8 mpg US (4 L/100Km)
Combined
52.3 mpg US (4.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
122 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 @ 4000 RPM
64 HP @ 4000 RPM
63 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
92 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM
125 Nm @ 1600 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)
17 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
153.5 in (3899 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.7/55.9 in (1,440/1,420 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.8 cuFT (249 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2332.5 lbs (1058 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3593.5 lbs (1630 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
37.9 mpg US (6.2 L/100Km)
Highway
60.3 mpg US (3.9 L/100Km)
Combined
50 mpg US (4.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
127 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.9L TDI 5MT (101 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L TDI 5MT (101 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1896 cm3
Power
74 KW @ 4000 RPM
101 HP @ 4000 RPM
99 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM
240 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
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)
10.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
153.5 in (3899 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.7/55.9 in (1,440/1,420 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.8 cuFT (249 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2403 lbs (1090 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3659.7 lbs (1660 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
36.8 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
Highway
58.8 mpg US (4 L/100Km)
Combined
48 mpg US (4.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
132 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Polo 3 Doors 1.9L TDI 6MT (130 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L TDI 6MT (130 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1896 cm3
Power
95.6 KW @ 4000 RPM
130 HP @ 4000 RPM
128 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
229 lb-ft @ 1900 RPM
310 Nm @ 1900 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
11.9 gallons (45.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
128 mph (206 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
153.5 in (3899 mm)
Width
65 in (1651 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.7/55.9 in (1,440/1,420 mm)
Wheelbase
96.9 in (2461 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.8 cuFT (249 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2458 lbs (1115 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3659.7 lbs (1660 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
35.6 mpg US (6.6 L/100Km)
Highway
57.4 mpg US (4.1 L/100Km)
Combined
47 mpg US (5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
132 g/km
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