Volkswagen's new-generation B-segment hatchback has officially arrived. Bigger, sleeker and equipped with new technologies, the 2018 Polo is Volkswagen's answer to the now more lucrative segment.
With the new MQB modular platform, the sixth-generation hatchback is now slightly larger than before and allowed Volkswagen to give it better interior space.
Measuring in at 4,053mm long, 1,751mm wide and 1,446mm tall, the all-new Polo has indeed grown in size while adopting a lower roofline. Side-by-side with the previous model, the new hatchback is 81mm longer, wider by 69mm and is shorter by 7mm. Its wheelbase, on the other hand, also grew from 2,470mm to 2,564mm.
As for its exterior, the 2018 Polo features a progressive design that blends both new elements and familiar styling cues. Up front, it gets a new set of headlights that can be had with LED lighting, along with a revised grill and hood. The front bumper was also given attention and comes with new lower grill design and foglights.
New aggressive character lines dominate the side of the 2018 Polo along with twelve new wheel designs that are available from 14- to 18-inches in size. The taillights have been given a mild update as well and now comes with LED lighting.
Inside, the 2018 Polo comes with a stylish new cabin design that is a far cry from the fifth-gen model. It now has a horizontal design that veers away from the traditional vertical look Volkswagen has become known for. A total of thirteen dashboard colors are available, along with eleven seat cover options.
High-end models of the Polo will come with a fully-digital instrument panel, along with a large touchscreen infotainment system. Features such as wi-fi hotspot, navigation and Bluetooth will be available for the 2018 Polo. There is also a special edition model that comes with a Beatsaudio sound system.
Nine engines will be available for the sixth-generation Polo and all are Euro6 compliant. The naturally-aspirated 1.0-liter MPI is available with either 65 or 75 PS, while the more powerful 1.0-liter TSI can produce 95 or 115 PS. Further up the range is the 1.5-liter TSI Evo which can generate a healthy 150 PS. There are also two diesel-powered 1.6-liter engines that can put out 80 or 95 PS. Also readily available is the top-of-the-range GTi model that comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that generates 200 PS.
Available transmissions include manual transmission that can come with either five or six gears and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Over to its safety features, the sixth-gen Polo can come with the following: city emergency braking, pedestrian monitoring, adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, blind spot detection, rear traffic alert and park assist.
Customer deliveries of the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Polo will commence in early 2018.