- What the small Polo has ahead of the big Golf
- When consuming close to the Gulf
- Smartphone interface on the screen
What the small Polo has ahead of the big Golf
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As part of the Polo facelift, VW is also revising the fuel-saving and lifestyle versions of the small car.
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Most important innovation: The particularly frugal Bluemotion model will be available for the first time not only as a diesel but also as a gasoline engine from summer 2014.
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Externally there are only small retouches compared to the predecessor, the engines are different. In order to keep the small car in the Otto version below 95 grams of CO 2 per kilometer…move, VW is using a 1.0-liter three-cylinder with turbocharging for the first time.
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This comes to 95 hp. The new consumption values make the usual fuel-saving ingredients such as a particularly streamlined vehicle front, smooth-running tires and an extension possible…te gear ratio.
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This is also used in the diesel Bluemotion variant of the Polo. As before the facelift, a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine with 75 hp provides propulsion.
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The first models of the revamped Polo family will come onto the market after Easter and will in future be based more on the larger VW Golf in terms of appearance and appearance.
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Many assistance systems and the steering are also new, they now work electromechanically.
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The system called Mirrorlink should be emphasized as a technological innovation. The smartphone surface is mirrored on the on-board screen via an app.
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Not even the VW Golf offers this system.
The VW Polo is seen as the little man’s golf. Volkswagen has now upgraded the small car. And equipped the little ones with accessories that are not even available for golf.
D.he VW Polo is rehearsing the ascent. The Golf is still the measure of all things in Wolfsburg and continues to be the favorite child of German drivers. But because the bestseller with all its many extras has now become almost unaffordable for the average German, its little brother is now moving up from below.
At the latest when the revised version goes on sale shortly after Easter, there is a good reason not to buy a Golf. Admittedly, nothing changes in the basic price of 12,450 euros, and there have only been minor retouching in the design. But if you look under the hood of the Polo, you will see lots of new engines. And those who drive it can rely on an army of new assistance and infotainment systems, some of which even outperform their big brother in some details.
At the halfway point, VW renewed its entire engine range, converted the engines to Euro6 and reduced consumption by up to 21 percent. The biggest leap is made by the 90 hp diesel with DSG dual clutch transmission, which now only needs 3.2 liters instead of 4.3.
This is made possible by changing from four to three cylinders. That saves on internal friction and, above all, on weight – after all, the new 1.4-liter unit engine is almost a third lighter than the old 1.6-liter, for example.
On the other hand, there are no noteworthy losses in terms of comfort: the economy engine rattles as characteristically as all three-cylinder engines, but with its balancer shaft and two-mass flywheel it runs just as smoothly and harmoniously as an engine on four flames. And shortly after leaving the town, the three-cylinder sound is already drowned in the rustling of the wind and the whirring of the tires.
When consuming close to the Gulf
The power development is also very good: with up to 230 Newton meters, the Polo has a decent start. Sensitively held by the DSG in the narrow band of the optimal speed, the Polo accelerates from 0 to 100 in 10.9 seconds and speeds up the motorway at up to 184 km / h like a big one.
Only the 3.4 liters are not manageable in everyday life: After almost 200 kilometers through the city, over the country and at full throttle on the autobahn, the on-board computer shows around five liters – so the Polo is also close to the Golf. The new flagship diesel is not only available with 90, but also with 75 or 105 hp. In addition, the Lower Saxony has of course again launched a Blue Motion version, which is 3.1 liters in the list.
For the first time at VW there will be a petrol engine as Blue Motion in the Polo after the summer holidays, with a three-cylinder turbo with 95 hp and a consumption of 4.1 liters. The three-cylinder units with 60 and 75 hp and the four-cylinder units with 90 and 110 hp are already available from dealers at the start. The Polo Blue GT with cylinder deactivation, now with 150 hp, and the Polo GTI, which aims to score with 192 hp in the future, will follow.
In addition to the engines, the Lower Saxony group has mainly brought the electronics up to scratch and oriented itself towards the Golf. Almost everything that is available for the big brother can now also be ordered for the Polo – from switchable dampers to cruise control with distance control and the city emergency braking function to online navigation.
Smartphone interface on the screen
The pride and joy of the Polo developers, however, is the “Mirrorlink” infotainment function, which even the Golf does not have to offer. It is likely to be more important to the smartphone generation than fine-tuning the chassis or motors or switching to the electromechanical power steering from the Golf.
With a USB connection and two clicks on the touchscreen, the surface of the phone can be mirrored on the screen of the car in no time at all, so that all apps and media content can be used without the hassle of fiddling. YouTube & Co only work when the vehicle is stationary. However, there are numerous, mostly free, additional programs such as internet radios or travel guides in their own app store, which run even when the wheels are rolling.
At least among the digital natives, the small Polo makes the big Golf look pretty old.
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