The new ID.3, Volkswagen's all-electric compact car!

Volkswagen's ID.3 Available To Pre-Book Online!

The new ID.3, Volkswagen's all-electric compact car!
The new ID.3, Volkswagen's all-electric compact car!

Volkswagen's ID.3 is the first of a new family of electric vehicles from the German brand and can now be pre-booked online. The first examples of the ID.3 are expected in Ireland in 2020.

Pricing is yet to be confirmed however it has been revealed that in Germany it will have a starting price of less than €30,000.

The ID.3 1st special edition, which has been especially configured for pre-booking, includes high-quality, high-performance equipment and is limited to 30,000 vehicles. We are told that the ID.3 1st with range of 420 km (WLTP), will have a starting price of less than €40,000 in Germany.

Potential buyers now have the opportunity to order the first ID.3 models to come to the market. On the Volkswagen Ireland website, there is a new ID. hub (https://www.volkswagen.ie/e-mobility/en.html). You can sign up for all the latest news and developments about the ID.3, and there is also the option to place a €1,000 reservation fee in order to gain early access to the ID.3 1st.

This reservation fee will allow the customer the opportunity to order the new model from their chosen retailer, for delivery in the summer of 2020.

The new ID.3 gets its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.


The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf. Photo by Paddy McGrath

Volkswagen e-Golf Now Available With 0% PCP Finance

Volkswagen Ireland has announced that the Volkswagen e-Golf is now available, for a limited period only, with 0% PCP Finance.

According to the brand, customers wishing to move into the new Volkswagen ID. range of cars will be able to do so easily now thanks to a special new 2-year PCP solution.

The Volkswagen e-Golf is available in two specifications, the e-Golf and the e-Golf Executive Edition, and the range starts from €35,995 after Government incentives. Now with 0% PCP, the e-Golf starts from as little as €349 per month.

The e-Golf Executive Edition offers the ‘ultimate e-Golf’ and costs from €39,495, or with 0% PCP from as little as €379 per month.

Mindful that potential e-Golf owners might want to transition into the new ID. range when this product begins to land in Ireland, Volkswagen is now offering a special 2-year PCP solution on the e-Golf. This costs from €399 per month on the e-Golf and €489 per month on the e-Golf Executive Edition.

“Customers of the e-Golf can save around €50* per month by driving this model compared to a 1.6-litre diesel Golf of similar specification,” says Volkswagen Ireland Head of Marketing, Mark McGrath.

“And with this new 2-year PCP product customers can get into the e-Golf now and then readily move into the new ID. products.”

The ID. range will include hatchback, SUV and MPV models, with the first of these models, for now named ID. Neo, set to be revealed later this year.


The new Volkswagen e-Golf

2019 Volkswagen e-Golf Review

The new Volkswagen e-Golf
The new Volkswagen e-Golf

Caroline drives the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf.

The Volkswagen e-Golf has been at the forefront of Volkswagen’s electric vehicle offering since it was launched in 2014. While next year Volkswagen will launch the first model in their new fully electric I.D. range of cars, the e-Golf has been a most palatable bridge to a future of electric motoring.

And that’s because the Volkswagen Golf is one of the most iconic hatchbacks on the planet. Based on the award-winning Mark 7 Volkswagen Golf, the current generation of the Volkswagen e-Golf compromises virtually none of the comfort, refinement, class and quality of one of Ireland’s favourite hatchbacks. In my opinion, that’s probably the e-Golf’s massive USP as an electric vehicle.

While electric vehicles still account for low numbers on Irish roads, there’s more interest and registrations were up a massive 540 percent in the first two months of 2019 (1127 electric cars registered versus 176 in Jan/Feb 2018). New EV models have arrived in the last 12 months and there are more on the way. So how does the Volkswagen e-Golf stack up?

The Volkswagen e-Golf received an upgrade in 2017
The Volkswagen e-Golf received an upgrade in 2017 with a new battery, more power and more range

How far will the Volkswagen e-Golf get me on a full charge?

The Volkswagen e-Golf received the same cosmetic and equipment tweaks as the rest of the Golf range in 2017. But there was also an increase in the energy capacity of the e-Golf’s lithium-ion battery from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. The e-Golf now has more power at 136 hp. But crucially the range was boosted to 230 km when measured on the new WLTP. And in real world driving, range is not far off that with between 200 and 220 km, depending on driving style, weather conditions and the use of the fans and air conditioning.

On the outside the only clues to the electric powertrain underneath are some subtle e-Golf badges, unique front C-shaped LED daytime running lights, and a set of aerodynamic 16” ‘Astana’ alloy wheels. A blue signature trim line also runs across the grille and into the headlights. Other than that the e-Golf is the sharp dresser that looks good just about anywhere.

Inside, the e-Golf has a perfectly appointed cabin with dials, switches and screens in all the right places, just like the rest of the Golf range. It’s very easy to slot yourself from a Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI to the e-Golf for example, because the controls are mostly the same. The driver’s instrument panel displays a few different gauges for the EV system, but even these are displayed in a rather conventional way. For example where you might see the level of your fuel tank is now a display of how much ‘juice’ you have left in your battery.

In practical terms, the interior space of the e-Golf remains unchanged as a standard five door family hatchback. However boot volume is down from 380 to 341 litres.

The interior of the Volkswagen e-Golf
The interior of the Volkswagen e-Golf

Pricing and Equipment

Equipment levels are good. Volkswagen Ireland offers the e-Golf in Ireland in two trims: an entry e-Golf priced from €35,995 including government incentives and a more salubrious Executive Edition priced from €39,495.

The glossy 9.2” Discover Pro navigation system with clear glass touchscreen comes as standard. Other highlights include adaptive cruise control, front assist with pedestrian monitoring, rear parking sensors, and dual zone climate control.

The Executive edition adds 17-inch ‘Madrid’ alloy wheels, LED tail lights with running indicators, a full leather interior with sports comfort seats in front, Active Info Display, rear view camera, heated front seats, tinted rear windows and keyless access.

The Volkswagen e-Golf can be charged at home or on the public charging system
The Volkswagen e-Golf can be charged at home or on the public charging system

Driving the Volkswagen e-Golf

On the road, the e-Golf is a slick mover. The cabin ambience is quiet and serene around town but even on the motorway, the e-Golf is a very polished electric vehicle with excellent refinement. The steering and handling is also fluid and precise, so it feels as if the e-Golf owner sacrifices very little in terms of the natural dynamic character of the Golf.

Really your main concern when buying the e-Golf is the range of 200km to 220km and does that make it suitable for your lifestyle? The e-Golf is at its best on those round trips that fall comfortably within the car’s range, or where you can reliably charge at both ends of your journey. At motorway speeds, battery power will dwindle more quickly.

There are three driving modes to the Volkswagen Golf – Normal, Eco and Eco+ - which do effect how much you can get out of a single charge. There is also a ‘B’ mode that can be engaged from the gearbox , which quite aggressively brakes the car when you lift off the accelerator, to recuperate energy.

The Volkswagen e-Golf is available from €35,995 in Ireland
The Volkswagen e-Golf is available from €35,995 in Ireland

Through the touchscreen you can find the nearest charge points easily. When the e-Golf needs charging the battery can go from empty to 80 per cent full in just 45 minutes when a 40 kW DC rapid charger connection is used.

During a week with the e-Golf, local trips were not a problem but I did encounter some issues on longer journeys when I needed to use the public charge points to top up my range to get home comfortably. I encountered frustrations such as faulty chargers, queues at chargers and non-EVs blocking access.

There are numerous incentives and advantages to owning an electric vehicle in Ireland right now. The current generation of the Volkswagen e-Golf with its real world range of roughly 200-220 km is now being outrun by a number of competitors like the Nissan Leaf and the Hyundai Kona Electric. They are different vehicles but range has to be a number one concern for most drivers.

But if you can work with the e-Golf's range in your daily life, then the quality, refinement and class of the e-Golf offering just feels unrivalled right now in the EV space.

The Volkswagen e-Golf is a lovely car to drive and spend time in
The Volkswagen e-Golf is a lovely car to drive and spend time in!

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Volkswagen e-Golf
Price: 
From €35,995 with government incentives
Battery: 35.8 kW
Power: 
136 hp
Torque: 290 Nm
0-100km/h:  
9.6 seconds
Top speed: 150 km/h
Range: 
230km (WLTP)
CO2 emissions: 
0g/km
Motor tax: 
€120 per year


The Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI

New Volkswagen Golf 1.5-Litre TSI Engine

The Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI
The Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI R-line

The Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI with 150hp is now available in Ireland for 2019.

The new four cylinder, turbo petrol engine replaces the previous 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine. The engine is 22kg lighter than before and features Active Cylinder Technology (ACT) that shuts down the second and third cylinders under low/medium load to improve fuel efficiency.

The new Golf 1.5-litre TSI is capable of returning from 6.2 l/100km (WLTP) on the combined cycle the car with a manual gearbox and 6.5 l/100km with the DSG automatic transmission.

CO2 emissions of from 141g/km with a manual transmission and 147g/km with DSG place it in Motor Tax Band A4 (€200).

In Ireland, the new Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI is available in Highline and R-Line trim, with either the six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG.

Prices start at €29,995 for the 1.5-litre TSI in Highline trim and €30,895 in R-Line trim.

The Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI
The Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI is on sale from €29,995

The new Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen To Complete BEV Retailer Network In Ireland In 2019

The new Volkswagen e-Golf
The new Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen’s Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) retailer network is expanding significantly in Ireland and should be complete by mid-2019.

Following the addition of eleven new BEV enabled retailers to the Volkswagen network at the end of 2018, 50% of the Volkswagen network is now able to sell BEVs.

Volkswagen BEV dealers must meet exact standards when it comes to tooling, training, servicing standards and product knowledge before they can be certified to sell BEVs.

To accommodate the brand’s increased focus on the future of e-mobility, new Volkswagen BEV dealers have been appointed across Ireland.

In Dublin, Frank Keane Deansgrange and Joe Duffy North join existing BEV retailers Joe Duffy Swords and Frank Keane Liffey Valley to bring the number of BEV retailers in Dublin to four.

In County Kildare, Sheehy Motors in Naas has been a BEV retailer since early 2018.

In Louth, the BEV-enabled retailer is Western Motors, Drogheda.

Newmarket Motors in Cork has been changed from a PHEV (Plugin Hybrid) to a BEV retailer, and Blackwater Motors Fermoy is added to Cork’s other current BEV retailer Blackwater Motors Cork City.

In Cavan, Brady’s of Arva is now a Volkswagen BEV retailer.

Western Motors in Galway and Kevin Connolly in Sligo will serve the west of Ireland.

Frank Hogan has been appointed in Limerick and in the Midlands, Michael Moore’s two retailers in Athlone and Portarlington serve customers in Westmeath and Laois.

Pierse Motors in Tipperary and Volkswagen Wexford have been changed from PHEV retailers to full BEV retailers.

Commenting on these appointments, Volkswagen Ireland Brand Director Gerrit Heimberg said; “This is an exciting time for Volkswagen as we embark on an electric vehicle offensive, which has already begun with the e-Golf and e-Golf Executive Edition. We have ensured that all of our EV retailers are fully trained and prepared for this new dawn, to ensure that our customers receive the best experience as they start to embrace this new technology. We will continue the rollout of BEV retailer to include our entire 34 retailers by the middle of this year.”


The new Volkswagen Touareg

2019 Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI Review

The new Volkswagen Touareg
The new Volkswagen Touareg

The Volkswagen Touareg has built up quite a following in Ireland since it was first launched back in 2002. Now Volkswagen is back with a third generation of their flagship SUV, bringing the Touareg into a new era of technology and connectivity.

In engineering terms the new Volkswagen Touareg is more of a luxury liner than ever before, sharing underpinnings with high profile VW Group stablemates like the Bentley Bentayga, Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, and even the Lamborghini Urus!

The new Touareg belongs to the €60k+ club - Irish pricing starts from €66,245 - but it certainly looks it too. It’s moderately wider and longer than its predecessor with a new stately design that lifts it into a new realm among premium SUVs. The Touareg is big and imposing but wears its bulk well.

What's it like inside the new Volkswagen Touareg?

The new Touareg is a technology showcase for the German brand with all the latest assistance systems, some of them appearing for the first time in a Volkswagen. The fit and the finish of the car is pristine with a high level of equipment and technology features on board including all the glamour of LED ambient lighting with 30 colours!

There’s also the option of the new Innovision Cockpit, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster that merges with the 15-inch TFT touchscreen of the new Discover Premium infotainment system. Communication, information, ventilation and entertainment is controlled from the screen, but I bemoan the loss of physical dials and switches for the ventilation controls. Still at least the screen is large enough to make it easier to find and tap what you need.

Impressive interior of the new Volkswagen Touareg!
Impressive interior of the new Volkswagen Touareg!

Volkswagen Ireland is selling the new Touareg in an entry trim and R-line Design, like the model tested (from €77,395). Equipment on the model tested included 20" alloys, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, park assist, parking sensors and rear camera, lane keeping system, panoramic sunroof, R-line styling kit, Dynaudio sound system, electrically folding trailer hitch, and a head-up display.

The Touareg is a strict five seater and there is no seven seat option. It provides lounge like accommodation for occupants, though the middle seat passenger will have to fight more for legroom. The luggage capacity is now up from 697 to 810 litres with the rear bench seat up.

On the road in the new Volkswagen Touareg

Despite its increased length and width, the new Volkswagen Touareg is actually 106 kg lighter than its predecessor because of mixed material construction of aluminium and high-tech steels. On the road the Touareg certainly feels lithe and agile while the ride quality is superb and the refinement of premium quality. There is predictable body roll in corners but the grip and movement of the car is confidence-inspiring.

The new Volkswagen Touareg is a strict five seater
The new Volkswagen Touareg is a strict five seater

This SUV feels every inch the luxury liner from behind the wheel and it’s helped by a range of powerful V6 engines. The Touareg launched with two 3.0 V6 diesels (231 and 286hp) and a V6 petrol will join shortly (340hp) while a plug-in hybrid is in development also. All models come with an eight-speed automatic Tiptronic gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

What's that engine like?

My test car had the 3.0 V6 TDI with 286hp. This is a powerful match for the Touareg with up to 600Nm of torque making 0-100 kmh in just 6.1 seconds! A V6 diesel is also a bit of a treat with its own unique soundtrack. Of course, it does influence running costs for the vehicle. Motor tax for this model is €750 per year and over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 7.7l/100km. Gosh we had fun though!

Volkswagen has taken their Touareg into a new era, integrating new technology and modern exterior design with the timeless premium values of comfort, refinement and copious power. SUVs, especially luxury ones, are a big deal these days not just in Europe but other markets also. The Touareg crowns a complete SUV range for Volkswagen of the T-ROC, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and upcoming T-CROSS. Volkswagen has put their best foot forward in their new generation flagship SUV. The Touareg delivers everything you could wish for from a five seat, luxury SUV.

The new Volkswagen Touareg
Volkswagen has brought the Touareg successfully into a new era of technology and connectivity

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Volkswagen Touareg R-line Design 3.0TDI 4M 268hp DSG
Price:
 From €84,970 OTR (Range from €66,245)
Engine: 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel
Power:
286 hp
Torque: 600 Nm
0-100km/h: 
6.1 seconds
Top speed: 235 kmh
Economy: 42.8mpg
CO2 emissions:
182 g/km
Motor tax: 
€750 per year

Rear seating in the new Volkswagen Touareg
Rear seating in the new Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen Snapshot Instagram Competition

Volkswagen Snapshot Instagram Competition Back For 2018

Volkswagen Snapshot Instagram Competition
The Volkswagen Snapshot Competition invites Instagram users to tag their best photos #VWSnaphot

The Volkswagen Snapshot Instagram Competition, powered by The Snapys, is back for its second year. The Instagram-based competition invites users of the app to upload photos to Instagram using the #VWSnapshot hashtag, along with their chosen category hashtags.

The categories for this year’s competition are 'Design', 'Light', 'Roadtrip', 'Technology' and 'Volkswagen.'

Prizes for the winning entrants include a trip to Barcelona, an escape to Bubblehouse, Finn Lough, drones and premium photography lighting equipment.

Twelve winning entrants will also feature in the 2019 Volkswagen Snapshot calendar, proceeds of which will be donated to Volkswagen Ireland’s 2018 charity partner, Focus Ireland.

Mark McGrath, Head of Marketing at Volkswagen Ireland commented: "We are delighted to launch the Volkswagen Snapshot 2018 competition, which follows a hugely successful first year which gained over 5,000 entrants. We at Volkswagen Ireland are pleased to support this very worthy cause."

Sinead Price, Co-Director of Fundraising and Marketing for Focus Ireland commented: “Last year was the worst year for homelessness in the history of the state. More men, women and children experienced homelessness than ever before in our history. There are 9,652 men, women and children homeless across Ireland, up from 3,258 in July 2014, that is a rise of 548 people since January 2018 alone.

“The support of Volkswagen Ireland will mean Focus Ireland can prevent more families from falling into homelessness in the first place, and help to ensure that others already impacted can with the backing of Volkswagen Ireland, exit homelessness.”

Conor Lynch, CEO, Connector, commented: "The team at Connector is delighted to continue our successful partnership with Volkswagen to run Volkswagen Snapshot in 2018. Our goal with the competition is to identify, showcase and reward Ireland's most talented Instagrammers. Thanks to the generous support from Volkswagen for making this possible.”

Sales of the 2018 Snapshot calendar raised €3,000 for Pieta House.

For a full list of competition details for the Volkswagen Snapshot Instagram Competition and categories, visit VWsnapshot.ie or Volkswagen Ireland’s page on Instagram.

Volkswagen Snapshot Instagram Competition.
Conor Lynch, CEO Connector, Mark McGrath Head of Marketing Volkswagen Ireland and Kevin O’Sullivan, Corporate Partnerships Focus Ireland pictured at the launch of this year's Volkswagen Snapshot Competition.

Volkswagen Arteon review ireland

Volkswagen Arteon 2.0TDI Review

The Volkswagen Arteon is Volkswagen’s posh new flagship and it’s clear from the onset that the Arteon has premium car ambitions.

On looks alone for sure the Volkswagen Arteon can mix it with the big boys. The styling is the most avant garde of Volkswagen’s range of vehicles and this is an extremely handsome car.

Described as a ‘gran turismo’, the Arteon is a five door fastback (think hatchback), slotting in above the Passat, with a beautiful coupé-like profile. The car has width and presence in abundance. Frameless windows add even more prestige.

With pricing starting from €41,495, the Volkswagen Arteon is by no means cheap but this car has some serious interior space. It is huge inside. The rear legroom is limo-like and despite that beautiful coupé-like styling, headroom is not compromised. The hatchback style boot opens, electrically of course, to reveal a 563 litre boot.

Volkswagen Arteon
The interior of the new Volkswagen Arteon

Yet from behind the steering wheel, the Arteon is very Passat. The Passat has a fantastic high quality and beautifully designed interior for its class of vehicle but unfortunately it’s a bit underwhelming in the Arteon. Comfortable of course and perfectly functional but lacking the wow factor one might expect from an expensive gran turismo vying for the attention of Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW buyers. An 8” touchscreen comes as standard but there is the option of Volkswagen’s 9.2” Discover Pro Navigation system, which looks great in the centre of the dash.

My test car was powered by the entry level 2.0-litre TDI with 150hp (from €43,650) with 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The combination works well. The diesel is not the most refined at low speeds around town but smooths out to barely a whisper on the open road. The Arteon has excellent long distance cruise ability and is comfortable for the long haul. Buyers seeking more power will find it in the 2.0TDI with 190hp (from €48,395) or the top of the range 2.0TDI 240hp 4MOTION. There is also the option of a 1.5-litre (150hp) or 2.0-litre (190hp) TSI petrol.

The Arteon handles predictably and contains itself well in corners despite being sized extra large. The steering weights up well in the corners but there is little feedback and buyers looking for any keen dynamism should look elsewhere.

Volkswagen Arteon review ireland
The Volkswagen Arteon is a large, long distance cruiser with plenty of kerb appeal

Standard equipment is very good including 18” alloys, adaptive cruise control, park distance control, rain sensing wipers, tri zone climate control and a three year free subscription to Car-Net ‘Security & Service’, a new concierge system that can call the emergency services should you have an accident and allow you to remotely check data about your car, among other functions. My Elegance test car (from €44,195) had leather/Alcantara upholstery, ambient lighting, voice control, digital instrument panel and rear view camera. R-Line models start from €45,995 with 19” alloys, sporty ‘R-Line‘ steering wheel and seats, running rear indicators, dynamic headlight range control with dynamic cornering function, and adaptive chassis control on the 240hp model.

The Volkswagen Arteon is a strikingly handsome car and the price is likely to keep it as a more exclusive offering in the Volkswagen range and add to the aura of desirability. The Arteon is a very handsome car and can certainly grab attention but can it keep it? Quality, space and comfort are the Arteon’s best attributes, but the Arteon falls short on the dynamic appeal that one might expect from a car that looks this good. But for Volkswagen fans happy to pay a premium, the new Arteon is a safe choice.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Volkswagen Arteon Elegance 2.0TDI DSG 150hp
Price: 
€48,550 (Range starts at €41,495)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
Power: 
150hp
Torque: 340Nm
0-100km/h:  
9.1 seconds
Top speed: 220km/h
Economy: 
4.5l/100km
CO2 emissions:  
116g/km
Motor tax: 
€200 per year


Volkswagen Golf R irish review

Volkswagen Golf R Video Review

It's been a long time coming but I'm finally releasing my Volkswagen Golf R video review. Like the rest of the Volkswagen Golf range, the Golf R also received an update in 2017 and went on sale in Ireland earlier in the year. This ultimate hot hatchback has 310hp and four wheel drive for plenty of fun behind the wheel.

Read my written review of the Volkswagen Golf R, or scroll down to watch the video!

Caroline Kidd


Volkswagen Polo

Irish Pricing And Specs For Volkswagen Polo

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