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by Matt Brogan

Volkswagen has released the latest generation of the CrossPolo at the Geneva Motorshow. By taking the good looks of the Polo hatchback and toughening it up with black plastic around the wheel arches, across the sills and the lower parts of the doors and both front and rear bumpers. At the front the bumper has a honeycomb air intake and a silver trim at the bottom. This gives the car a rugged look and hints that there is some under body protection which there isn’t.

The CrossPolo also gets the trademark silver roof rails and 17 inch two tone wheels.

With an option of six engines, three petrol and three turbo diesel the CrossPolo caters for all needs. There is a 1.2 and 1.4 litre petrol engine, as well as the 1.2 litre TSI with turbocharging. Also available is a six speed manual or seven speed DSG automatic.

In the back the CrossPolo has 1.04 cubic meters of cargo space available when the back seats are down.

Also on the Volkswagen stand is the Polo GTI, almost a scaled down version of its larger sibling the Golf GTI.

With 133 kW of power available from the turbo and supercharged 1.4 litre petrol engine the hot hatch can reach 0-100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 262 km/h.




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