Road test: 2014 Volkswagen Polo 1.0 MPI

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After six years of its launch, Volkswagen finally gave the much needed facelift to its current Polo. Despite the fact that the changes are very subtle and consumers waiting for a revamped model might feel let down, but the car got a fairly new feel after the facelift.

Among other updates the facelifted Volkswagen Polo 1.0 MPI received new lines on the front bumper, which made the car look squarer and also got redesigned lights and a new bumper at the back.

The fact that German carmaker didn’t change the look of the car for the sake of doing it was a good idea because the current Polo still retain its fresh looks.

However, other touches like use of new paint colors and introduction of five new alloy wheel designs are worthy enough. Moreover, improvements can also be felt from behind the wheel.

Conversely, in terms of interiors the design remains same except for some key updates like redesigned instrument dials, refurbished centre stack and contemporary steering wheel design. Besides, all models are also equipped with color touchscreen and DAB radio as standard along with Bluetooth, USB and aux-in connections.

The screen is of five-inch for the entry-level S model, whereas for the SE and above models, the size is 6.5-inch with high resolution display. The screen serves more beneficial if you fit optional £700 satellite navigation. MirrorLink is another new feature being added, which let you display your Android phone on screen if it is compatible.

The interior remains as good as ever with the design being groomed up a bit with gloss black trim on all models for further appeal. However, the big change is in terms of the engine range that has been revamped. The new range of engine provides cheaper and economical models.

In the new car, the highly efficient 1.0-litre unit from Volkswagen Up replaces the old 1.2-liter petrol engine. The standard 60PS model, regarded as the most popular in the Polo range, has two versions with another 75PS variant being added.

There is also the 1.2 TSI with two models – one with 90PS and another 110PS and both are available with a seven-speed DSG automatic engine. There is another 1.4 TDI engine available in two models including 75PS and 90PS.

Moreover by 2014 end two new BlueMotion models are expected to be launched, one with a 1.4 TDI engine and the other with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI engine. Additionally, a revised Polo GTI is also expected to arrive before end 2014.

Overall, the facelifted Polo is stress-free and effortless to drive. The vehicle is available to order now with its first UK deliveries due in July. The starting price of the new Polo is £11,100, which is an increase of £330 as compared to the model it replaces.

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