The new Volkswagen Polo will go on sale in Ireland with pricing starting at €16,795 for a 1.0-litre 65hp Trendline.

Bigger than the car it replaces, the new Volkswagen Polo sits on a new platform and is larger inside with a bigger boot (351 litres).

Inside there are infotainment systems of up to 8-inches in size available and digital interfaces for smartphones allowing users greater access to their apps and various online services on board.

The new Volkswagen Polo will be the first car in its class to be offered with the optional Active Info Display. This replaces the traditional analogue speedometer and driver cluster with a hi-res 10.25-inch digital display.

The new Polo is now only available as a five-door model, with a choice of 14 colours and three dashpad colours.

In Ireland, the new Polo is offered in Trendline and Comfortline specification, but there will also be a top-of-the-range GTI version, which will come in early 2018.

Volkswagen Polo
The interior of the new Volkswagen Polo

The engine range offered consists of the 1.0-litre 65hp petrol, 1.0-litre 75hp petrol, 1.0-litre TSI 95 bhp petrol and two diesels, a 1.6-litre TDI 80 bhp and a 1.6-litre TDI 95hp. The GTI features a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine putting out 200hp.

The Trendline model is available with the choice of 1.0-litre 65hp, 1.0-litre 75hp and 1.6-litre 80hp TDI diesel. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth connectivity, 6.5-inch “Composition Colour” radio system with four speakers, a multi-function display and Forward collision warning “Front Assist” with autonomous emergency braking.

There is also a Technology Upgrade offer available for the Polo Trendline. This includes an upgrade to a 15-inch ‘Sassari’ Alloy wheels, a Multi-Function Steering Wheel, Front Fog Lights, Multifunction Display Plus, Floor Mats and the Driver Alert System.

The Polo Comfortline comes with a choice of 1.0-litre 65hp petrol, 1.0-litre 75hp petrol, 1.0-litre TSI 95hp petrol (7-speed DSG only) and two 1.6-litre TDI diesel engines, with either 80- or 95hp. The Comfortline specification starts from €18,695 and in addition to the Trendline specification, adds items such as a multifunction steering wheel, 15″ Sassari alloy wheels, cruise control, 8-inch “Composition Media” radio system with six speakers, App Connect, 2 USB interfaces and Air Conditioning.

There is also a Technology Upgrade available for the Polo Comfortline. Customers can upgrade to 16-inch ‘Las Minas’ alloy wheels, a Lights and Vision Pack, Park Distance Control and the Driver Alert System.

At the top of the range, the high-performance 200hp GTI version costs €32,395 with a six-speed DSG transmission.

Caroline Kidd