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Mike Stevens | May 7, 2010

VOLKSWAGEN AUSTRALIA has today announced the arrival of the all-new 2010 Volkswagen Polo range, the fifth generation in the Polo line.

The new Polo range, a 5-Star ANCAP hatch available in both Trendline and Comfortline specification, joins the Australian VW line-up mere weeks after being announced World Car of the Year.

Two petrol engines and one diesel engine are available with the new Polo, along with Volkswagen's seven-speed DSG automatic transmission and five- and six-speed manual transmissions, depending on the model.

Styling

Available in both three-door and five-door layouts and looking more than a little like a miniaturised version of the Golf, the styling of the new Polo is drawn from the new design language that Volkswagen has been rolling out over the past year.

While the Polo is traditionally Volkswagen's entry-level offering, the aggressive and stylish family face featured across the new Volkswagen line-up could see the Polo pick up a whole new type of buyer.

"The new Polo displays self-assured proportions," VW designer Walter de Silva says. "As soon as you see the car, you are struck by its dynamic looks, while the design is clean and the overall appearance very purposeful."

The Polo's sharp panel edges through its profile, bonnet and tailgate all point to its logical design concept, while the wider appearance creates a powerful image.

Measuring 4064mm long and 1682mm wide, the new Polo is 148mm longer and 32mm wider than its predecessor.

Interior

Inside, the new Polo once more draws inspiration from the larger Golf, the clear theme being 'black on black'.

Volkswagen says the interior of the 2010 Polo has been designed to provide a driver-oriented layout, particularly in the case of the centre console, which is now angled slightly toward the driver for greater convenience.

Depending on the model, interior accents include high-gloss black or aluminium-look trimmings, and all of the instruments feature white backlighting, offering a more upmarket look than many of the Polo's rivals.

The steering wheel, a more compact version of the Golf's wheel, is available in two versions depending on the trim, with the Comfortline specification getting a leather-wrapped wheel. The same wheel can be optioned with Trendline models, however.

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According to Volkswagen, all five seats have been designed to offer greater room and comfort than before, while knee room in the back has increased eight millimetres. Similarly, and thanks to the wider body, shoulder room up front has increased by a significant 22mm.

The entry-level Trendline variant gets black cloth seat upholstery, while the Comfortline features black cloth 'comfort' upholstery. The Comfortline can be optioned with Alcantara/Leather upholstery, but at a $2300 premium.

On the storage front, the rear seats feature a 60:40 split fold, while the cargo space in the rear features a floor that can be mounted at two different heights.

With the rear seats in their upright position, rear storage is a reasonable 280 litres. With the rear seats laid flat however, storage grows to 952 litres.

Equipment

The entry-level Polo Trendline features powered and heated outside mirrors, power steering and power windows up front.

Semi-automatic air-conditioning is standard, featuring a dust and pollen filter. The glove box is equipped with a cooling feature.

The Trendline's instrument cluster features an electronic speedometer, odometer, tachometer and trip odometer.

Remote central locking is also standard equipment.

The Comfortline adds power windows to the rear doors, child safety locks on the rear doors, cruise control, multi-function leather steering wheel and a multi-function display.

Optional features in the Trendline's Comfort Package include automatic climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control, front centre armrest, multi-function display, multi-function steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers.

Comfortline buyers have a few extra choices, including the Comfort Package, Sport Package and Audio Package.

While the Comfort Package is largely the same (minus features already standard with Comfortline), the Sport Package adds 17-inch wheels, dark tinted glass, lowered sports suspension and front fog lights.

Standard safety features for the new Polo include front, side and curtain airbags (front and rear). Three-point automatic safety belts are featured front and rear, and the front seatbelts are also equipped with belt tensioners.

The front seats feature safety-optimised head restraints, and there are three head restraints in the rear.

Electronic stability control is standard, as is anti-lock braking with braking assist, hill-start assist, anti-slip regulation, an electronic limited-slip differential and engine braking control.

The 2010 VW Polo has been awarded a 5-Star crash safety rating in Australia's ANCAP testing programme and Europe's Euro NCAP system.

Mechanical

The 2010 Volkswagen Polo line features two petrol engines and one diesel engine.

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The entry-level engine in the Polo range is Volkswagen's 1.4 litre petrol engine, featuring new electronics and a new injection system and paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or Volkswagen's seven-speed DSG automatic.

Producing 63kW at 5000rpm and 132Nm of torque at 3800rpm, the 1.4 litre petrol engine, available with the Trendline model, lists fuel consumption figures of 6.1 l/100km with the manual transmission.

Replacing the previous model's 1.6 litre engine, the turbo-charged 1.2 litre TSI petrol engine produces 77kW at 5000rpm and 175Nm of torque between 1500 and 3500rpm.

Paired with a six-speed manual transmission, the 1.2 TSI uses 5.5 l/100km of fuel - 1.6 l/100km less than the previous 1.6 litre engine.

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The 1.2 TSI, available only in Comfortline specification, can also be optioned with the seven-speed DSG transmission.

The single diesel engine in the line-up is the 1.6 litre common-rail TDI, producing 66kW, the TDI engine is fitted with a five-speed manual transmission as standard. Fuel consumption is listed at 4.7 l/100km.

Suspension in the new Polo is handled up front by redesigned MacPherson struts and semi-independent rear suspension.

Volkswagen has increased the Polo's track width by 46mm at the front and rear, which it says has brought improved dynamics and ride comfort.

Pricing

The 2010 Volkswagen Polo is available now. The range-topping 2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI is scheduled to launch later this year.

  • Polo Trendline 3 Door 5 Speed Manual - $16,690
  • Polo Trendline 3 Door 7 Speed DSG - $19,190
  • Polo 77TSI Comfortline 5 Door 6 Speed Manual - $19,850
  • Polo 77TSI Comfortline 5 Door 7 Speed DSG - $22,350
  • Polo 66TDI Comfortline 5 Door 5 Speed Manual - $22,350
  • Polo 66TDI Comfortline 5 Door 7 Speed DSG - $24,850

Options

  • Metallic / Pearl Effect Paint - $500
  • Anti-theft Alarm System - $600
  • Comfort Package – Trendline - $900
  • Comfort Package – Comfortline - $500
  • Sport Package – Comfortline - $1,500
  • Audio Package – Comfortline - $770
  • Alcantara/Leatherette upholstery – Comfortline - $2,300
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