Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI (DSG) Review
Playing Polo

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
5 Dec 2014

Introduction, Exterior

The Polo has had a long foothold in the supermini hatchback class. That seems like a strange thing if you think about it. It isn’t especially noteworthy in any real way from the looks of it. In fact, the latest model looks hardly different from the one it replaces.

Then there’s the drab grey interior which isn’t particularly stunning either. Neither is it particularly fast. So for all things considered, the car isn’t very interesting then?



Though the changes aren’t immediately obvious to the casual observer, then again they aren’t obvious to a keen observer either. But we assure you Volkswagen isn’t pulling a fast one on us. This really is the new Polo. Well, more facelift than completely new.

While the changes aren’t too obvious, there’s actually a new bumper and the chrome strip that separates the bottom grille from the fog lights is your biggest clue. Beyond that it seems everything (on the outside at least) looks pretty much the same as before.

But that shouldn’t be too much of an issue as they say, ‘Old is gold’ and the Polo still looks fresh despite this design being with us since 2010. 

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Engine Capacity 1197cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 89bhp
Torque 160Nm
Power to Weight 81.8 bhp per ton


Acceleration 10.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 184 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 21.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(3972 x 1682 x 1453) mm
Wheelbase 2470 mm
Turning Circle 5.3 metres
Kerb Weight 1088 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs