Should Volkswagen Make a B-Segment MPV or SUV?

Ford, Peugeot and Renault have all heated up the competition in the supermini segment. And we say "supermini" in a very liberal sort of way, because their contenders are not very "mini".
Volkswagen Polo from 2009 1 photo
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We're talking about the new Captur crossover from Renault, which also doubles as a practical MPV, the Cli Estate also available as a 120 hp hot hatch, the Peugeot 2008 crossover and the new Ford EcoSport subcompact crossover and B-MAX MPV.

Volkswagen is, for lack of a better word, trailing behind them. The only subcompact cars it offers are versions of the Polo, all based around only two body shells, a 3-door and a 5-door.

At the same time, sister companies SEAT and Skoda both offer estate versions of their superminis. They've also got the new Rapid/Toledo sedans which are kind of in-between models, bigger than the B-segment but smaller than the C-segment.

Somehow, Volkswagen has forgotten to innovate in this segment, maybe because it's been too focused on long wheelbase sedans and SUVs for China and the US.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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