2007 Volkswagen Polo | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

The Polo is one of the most successful and versatile in Europe and it has once again raised the bar with a new engine/gearbox combination that makes it the first vehicle in its class to have a six-speed automatic gearbox with gear ranges which are closer together for smoother performance. In conjunction with the new 105 bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine, the gearbox gives the Polo the characteristics of a mid-class vehicle in the small vehicle segment.

The Polo is available in four versions: the new Trendline with the six-speed automatic gearbox coupled with the 1.6-litre engine, Comfortline, Sportline and the “Goal” special model to celebrate Germany’s hosting of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

The six-speed automatic gearbox in the Trendline is offered with a Tiptronic function  and the standard P-R-N-D-S gear positions. The ‘S’ position gives the driver a sporty driving programme in which the gearbox changes gear at higher engine speeds.

The Polo is truly a real good supermini. It is apt for city driving – small, smart looking and nippy enough for extended runs to the supermarket or school to pick up the kids. With a choice of engines ranging from a modest 1400cc to a 1.8-litre, the Polo offers something to suit all tastes. Looking very much like a reduced-size Golf – the Polo exudes an air of solidity that is rare in this part of the market. Ride quality is better than a car of this size deserves to be, with lots of driver feedback built into the chassis.


Accomodation is acceptable for four – any more and it would start getting a bit uncomfortable – and interior noise levels are well damped.

The Polo has endured many ups and downs throughout its 30 year old career and this latest generation puts the car back at teh top of the pile, albeit at a higher price than its rivals.

Body TypeHatchback
Price (in AED)50,000 onwards
Engine (litre)
Power (bhp)75105180
Torque (Nm)126NA235

Post Review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *