Volkswagen Polo 1.6 TDI 2018 review


Diesel Polo offers impressive fuel economy, but a petrol engine is still our motor of choice for this upmarket supermini

Probably one of the more niche choices in the Volkswagen line-up. With all of the unfavourable press diesel has been getting recently, cars such as this oil-burning Polo supermini are falling out of favour with the general public. So far, 2018 has seen diesel sales as a whole drop by nearly a third compared with the same period last year, says the SMMT.Nevertheless, there are still those who might find the idea of a small, affordable and economical supermini an appealing one – namely fleet buyers, we’re guessing – or else Volkswagen wouldn’t offer one.Well, offer two, more specifically. In addition to the numerous petrol-engined variants you can buy, the Polo is also available with a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder diesel, which develops 79bhp in its most basic state of tune, and 94bhp in our £19,690 SEL-specification test car.In addition to the healthy level of kit that comes at this trim level – think 8.0in Discover Navigation infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, all-round parking sensors and plenty of active safety tech – you’ll also get a Polo that’s cheap to tax, and cheap to run. Volkswagen claims it’ll manage 74.3mpg on the combined cycle, while CO2 emissions of 99g/km mean it has a benefit-in-kind rate of 24%.

Source: Autocar Online

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