Volkswagen Polo 1.4 Review
Do you Polo?

Story & pictures by M.H Sim, reporting from Sardinia, Italy
4 Jun 2009

The winding B-roads that snake along steep coastal cliffs and mountainous rock formations make Oblia the perfect setting to unleash the all-new Volkswagen Polo to the rest of the world

Volkswagen Polo

Just south of the Italian mainland lies Sardinia, an island that's imbrued with various flavours from the Mediterranean-like architecture, to its tropical flora and fauna.

Oblia is a coastal town that's set in the northern reaches of Sardinia, and this is the very same place that Volkswagen has chosen to let motoring journalists from around the world sample not only the world famous Italian cuisine, but also their new Polo.

Stepping off the plane, I was immediately ushered to the Volkswagen communications booth, where a battalion of Polo(s) were already parked and waiting for us. A short briefing from the VW officials, and the whole lot of us were off to collect our respective cars.

Sizing up the new Polo is easy - to start off, banish all thoughts of it as the Golf's smaller-and-less-endowed-sibling aside, as the new car is almost as big as the Golf Mark IV. Yes, it's larger than its predecessor in every single way.

For those who want the numbers, check this out - it's 54mm longer, 32mm wider, 14mm lower and backed up with an equally broad track to give the Polo (a) a more substantial poise, and (b) a beefier stance.


Sell Fast With Ease - Oneshift

With Oneshift, you get:
  Best value for your car    A peace of mind when selling    Fast sale from start to end


Best offer with no obligations.
Start Now!

I agree to the collection, use and disclosure of my personal data by Carousell and/or such other third party (as may be necessary) and to be contacted (via email, phone call and/or text message) for any purposes in connection with the application of and transaction of the vehicle, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 and Carousell's Privacy Policy.

Able to sell for almost twice what a secondhand dealer will quote. Nice experience

Muhammad Ariff - 5 days ago

Thanks for the efficient and reliable service in successfully sale of my car to the highest bidder in a very short period. I'm very thankful to your support group for the splendid effort. I will definitely recommend to all my friends Thanks

Thaygarajah - 1 week ago

The overall experience in selling on OneShift has been very easy and smooth from start to finish! Prices quoted were very reasonable and subsequent dealings with the dealer was fast and efficient. Highly recommended for a hassle free experience!

John Ho - 4 weeks ago

Sold my car thru OneShift when I happened to come across the ad on carousell. The entire process was smooth, fast and transparent. It was really convenient and best of all, the offer was much better than other platforms, thumbs up!

Chua yih leng - 1 month ago

Sold my car at a reasonable price. From the time the dealer inspected the car to payment and vehicle transfer, 20 min. Thank you OneShift!

Mr Seet - 1 month ago

I strongly recommended OneShift by Carousell for selling my car for more market value. Service also are professional and very good. They understand your capacity beyond your needs negotiation process. Very good service.

Doria Santiago - 1 month ago

I didn't know what to expect. First time user. An awesome experience. Special thanks to Ren'Ai. She did such a great job. Always communicates well, knows her way around everything, patient, courteous and most importantly she got the job done impeccably!

Sylvia Goh - 1 month ago

Very swift and efficient transaction, staff was very patient and answered all question promptly! Good service guys!

Muhammad Sabir - 1 month ago

The platform to provide car details was easy to use. Yazz patiently followed up on viewing and sale closure. This is a very convenient platform to use with helpful staff, and I am very grateful the desired price was attained! Thank you!

Betsy Teo - 1 month ago

Using Oneshift to sell my car was really convenient and hassle free. The Client Success Manager was proficient and provided excellent service. Thank you.

Leslie Tan - 1 month ago


Engine Capacity 1390cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 85bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 132Nm @ 3800rpm
Power to Weight 79.4 bhp per ton


Acceleration 11.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 177 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 17.2 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(3970 x 1682 x 1462) mm
Wheelbase 2470 mm
Kerb Weight 1070 kg


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs