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by Matt Brogan

As CarAdvice hinted a few weeks back, Volkswagen has premiered its youngest offspring of the Polo family at the Frankfurt International Motor Show.

The agile three-door shares the new styling cues as seen on Tiguan and Golf for a more consistant family look.

The new Polo will be available with a choice of six engines, ranging from 44 to 77kW, and in three model grades (Trendline, Comfortline, Highline) which include the new Polo BlueMotion which will also be available as a five-door.

The world’s most fuel-efficient car in its class, Polo BlueMotion develops 55kW from its turbo-diesel engine while managing 3.3 litres per 100km and 87 grams of CO2 per kilometre. Although on display at Frankfurt the Polo BlueMotion will not go on sale until midway through 2010.


Volkswagen is also offering the Polo with an automatic seven- speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) for the first time.

The model’s entry-level version will now be the three-door Polo 1.2 Trendline with standard ESC.

Engine selections across the range include three diesel and three petrol units as follows:

  • 1.2-litre four-cylinder (44kW) petrol*
  • 1.2-litre four-cylinder (51kW) petrol*
  • 1.4-litre four-cylinder (62kW) petrol*
  • 1.6-litre four-cylinder (55kW) turbo-diesel*
  • 1.6-litre four-cylinder (66kW) turbo-diesel*
  • 1.2-litre four cylinder (77kW) turbo-petrol*

*All engines comply with strict new Euro V emissions legislation.


Key dimensions of the Volkswagen Polo:

  • Overall Length: 3970mm
  • Overall Width: 1682mm
  • Overall Height: 1485mm
  • Cargo Capacity: 280/952 litres

No dates for the Australian market introduction have been confirmed yet.