It’s a big week for new Volkswagens as the order books open on two of VW’s most significant new models: the sixth-generation Polo and the first ever T-Roc compact SUV.
Priced from £13,855 on the road, the all-new Polo supermini is longer and wider than the previous iteration and it uses its larger frame to offer more cabin and boot space than before.
This new Polo is actually larger than the Golf mk6 – sold here until 2003 – and from a distance, you’d swear it was a Golf, with the Polo incorporating much of the larger hatchback’s look.
Some of VW’s latest and most advanced engines are finally making their way into the Polo, most notably the 1.5-litre TSI EVO unit that debuted in the Golf last year. This super efficient petrol engine uses active cylinder technology to disable two of its four cylinders where possible, in stop/start traffic for example, in a bid to save fuel.
Another five Euro VI compliant engines are available in the new Polo range, such as the single-litre MPI with 65PS and 200PS two-litre TSI, while diesel drivers can choose between two 1.6-litre TDI units with 80 and 95 PS respectively.
Standard equipment includes a DAB digital radio, automatic headlights and air-con, as well as safety kit like front assist with pedestrian monitoring.
Higher spec models add 15-, 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels, 65 per cent tinted windows, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and parking sensors all round.
What about this new T-Roc though? Well, the compact SUV will aim to make a name for itself with its stylish and sporty nature.
Priced upwards of £20,425, the five-seater measures 4.23 metres long, 1.81 metres wide with a height of 1.57 metres, but to give you an idea of its size, it is 25cm shorter than the Tiguan in length and 2cm narrower than the current Golf.
The T-Roc’s short overhangs – around 8cm at either end – define its urgent styling, which VW describes as “very expressive, even sassy”. Engine range is almost identical to the new Polo, albeit with the addition of a 150PS two-litre diesel.
Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Only 1,000 T-Rocs will be available in the UK initially and demand is expected to be high so if the T-Roc takes your fancy, best act fast.”
Posted on 3rd October 2017
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