Volkswagen takes covers off all-new Polo

Volkswagen has revealed the hotly anticipated sixth-generation Polo ahead of order books opening in the autumn.

With eight years between the all-new car and the outgoing model, changes and enhancements are evident everywhere you look.

All-new Volkswagen Polo.

Volkswagen Polo

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Externally, the Polo is bigger than ever before at 4,053mm in length. This has given it a much more grown-up appearance, with many of the larger Golf’s styling cues carried over too.

This is most noticeable at the front, where a new grille and larger headlights give off a more aggressive demeanour than Polos of the past.

New Polo R-Line 2018

The model pictured here is the sporty R-Line, which gets a redesigned grille and a body kit consisting of a rear diffuser and spoiler. It also benefits from larger alloy wheels, too.

Volkswagen says that personalisation options for the new Polo will be impressive, and has announced that “five equipment versions and five packages” are available, while 14 colour options feature too.

Interior quality has increased, and there's more personalisation options.

These packages are made up of the Trendline, Comfortline, Highline, Beats and the renowned GTI. These are offered in addition to the well-known R-Line trim, which sits between the GTI and more basic models.

Its increased size shines through on the inside too, where all passengers will notice an increase in space. Volkswagen says that quality has been significantly upped on the interior too, while the latest tech options are also on offer.

A Beats edition will be available.

If there’s one thing that’s certain to mark the Polo out from its competition, it’s the boot; with 351 litres of capacity now on offer, it’s actually larger than the bigger, more expensive Ford Focus.

Soft-touch plastics abound, while a range of infotainment options can be specified, ranging from 6.5in to 8in touchscreens, depending on the trim level. It gets the same Active Info Display we’ve seen on the recently updated Golf, too.

Order books are set to open in October.

Sitting on Volkswagen Group’s latest “MQB A0” platform, there’s a host of refreshed engines on offer kicking off with a 1.0-litre petrol engine that produces 65bhp. Thanks to the addition of a turbo, the 1.0-litre engine can also be specced with 95bhp and 114bhp.

If you’re after more power, a 1.5-litre petrol produces 148bhp, while a 1.6-litre diesel is the most frugal offering. It can be had in 80bhp or 95bhp form.

The GTI will be available from launch, too.

The Polo GTI (above), as you’d expect is the swiftest model, and gets a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that produces 197bhp. Volkswagen has confirmed the GTI will be available to order from launch, too.

Order books are set to open in October, with lease prices available around the same time. We’ll bring you the very best deals as soon as they are available but, in the meantime, you can check out lease deals on the current model here.

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