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Equipment

4.1 out of 5 4.1

At the time of writing, VW is still to confirm UK specification and trim levels for the Mk6 Polo – though these are unlikely to differ dramatically from the usual range of S, SE, SEL, Beats and R-Line.

Since most of these are loosely equivalent to European specification that we do know about, we’ve listed these here. UK models are likely to have more rather than less standard equipment.

VW Polo Trendline standard equipment

Likely to be badged S in the UK, is the entry-level new Polo, and it comes with the following standard equipment:

  • LED daytime running lights
  • Speed limiter
  • Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring
  • 14-inch steel wheels

We’re expecting air-conditioning to be standard on the UK S model as well.

VW Polo Comfortline standard equipment

Likely to be SE in the UK, is the mid-spec trim, with these additional items of equipment as standard:

  • Composition Colour touchscreen infotainment system
  • Air-conditioning
  • Driver Alert tiredness detection system
  • Centre arm rest
  • Front and rear electric windows,
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • 15-inch steel wheels

UK models will likely feature the Composition Media touchscreen system instead, which has a larger 8.0-inch screen as standard (the Composition Colour system uses a 6.5-inch screen).

VW Polo Highline standard equipment

Expected to become SEL in the UK, is the conventional top specification, and includes the following extras as well:

  • Parking sensors
  • White LED ‘background lighting’ for the front doors and instrument panel
  • Leather trimmed gearlever and handbrake
  • 15-inch alloy wheels

VW Polo Beats edition standard equipment

Named for the headphone brand responsible for the sound system, but also featuring a host of further enhancements, including:

  • 300-watt Beats hifi (available as an option on other models)
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Black mirror housings
  • Special decals
  • Velvet Red dash pad
  • Sports seats with Beats logo
  • Bespoke sill covers

VW Polo R-Line standard equipment

R-Line is only an equipment package in Germany, but will be sold as a standalone trim in the UK. Features are largely cosmetic, intended to close the gap between the regular Polo range and the GTI:

  • Sporty front bumper
  • Rear bumper with diffuser design and chrome trim
  • Roof spoiler
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Wrap around black sill trim strip
  • Full R-Line interior upgrade

VW Polo optional equipment

There are lots of customisation options available for the Polo, ranging from an above average choice of interior finishes to a host of high-technology features we’re more used to seeing on cars from the class above.

Be careful not to get too carried away, or you could end up with a very expensive small car.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the .

Equipment by trim level

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Safety

4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Standard safety kit is impressive
  • Not all of the latest active tech is available
  • Still waiting on the Euro NCAP score

There is no Euro NCAP crash rating yet, and VW is yet to confirm how many airbags will be standard on UK models, but the Polo should prove to be a suitably safe small car – albeit one that misses out on some of the fancier gadgets available on rivals such as the Ford Fiesta.

Key standard safety items on all VW Polos

All of the following are fitted as standard on every Polo:

  • Front Assist – VW’s broad term for the technology that watches the road ahead, this includes City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, a sophisticated autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking
  • Speed limiter
  • Tyre pressure monitors
  • Electronic stability control
  • Hill-hold assist

Optional active safety equipment on the VW Polo

The Polo misses out on items such as Traffic Sign Recognition and the more sophisticated driving assistance capability of its large cousin the VW Arteon, but you can still add the following active safety systems:

How many Isofix car seats can I fit in a VW Polo supermini?

The Polo gets two Isofix mounting points on the outer ends of the rear seat – about what you can expect from this class.

Ditching the three-door bodystyle should mean it’s relatively easy to install a child seat, too. But in practice the Polo’s rear doors don’t leave that wide an opening, so prepare yourself for a bit of a struggle.

Interior & boot space

4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Plenty of passenger space for a supermini
  • Boot has grown bigger, too (sort of)
  • Among the very best for space in the supermini class

VW claims the Polo is the most spacious car in its class – and we’ve no reason to doubt this.

Just remember we are still talking about a supermini, so although four adults will fit inside, those in the back won’t exactly find themselves luxuriating in palatial surroundings. Knee and leg room remain at a premium.

While the Polo has got bigger, it still fits into one of the smallest classes of car on the road, so you’re unlikely to struggle with parking it – though the increased width may cause a few nervous moments for owners of older garages.

Parking sensors and a reversing camera are available if you’re particularly concerned.

VW makes a big claim about an increase in boot size for this Polo – saying it’s grown 71 litres over the model it replaces. Open the tailgate, however, and you’d be forgiven for thinking Volkswagen is fibbing…

The main boot area looks modest to say the least. But beneath the load floor lies a cavernous space that’s less practical than the main boot but still offers additional storage.

The catch is that this is where you’d usually find the spare wheel – and guess what? VW has elected not to fit one here. In other words, if you’re looking for more storage space in your old Polo, try leaving the spare wheel at home, and praying you don’t get a puncture.

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