Volkswagen Polo

beats 1.0 TSI

Volkswagen Polo beats, 2018, front
Volkswagen Polo beats, 2018, side
Volkswagen Polo beats, 2018, rear
VW Polo, beats dashboard
Volkswagen Polo beats, 2018, logo
Volkswagen Polo beats, 2018, screen

SIZE isn't everything is the old mantra - But it does seem to matter with car makers with the days of the original supermini seeming to be numbered, in terms of size anyway.

City cars seem to be the new superminis with original favourites like THE Corsa, Fiesta and Polo growing all the time, with the latest volkswagen Polo now bigger than the Golf Mk IV.

The trend for more ‘funky' models is also growing, with customisation all the rage in many quarters.

The traditionally slightly conservative Polo does offer something a bit different with the beats model which features a 300 watt premium sound system from audio specialists beats AudioTM, promising a state-of-the-art sound experience.

Other features include go-faster stripe on the bonnet and roof, coloured door mirrors and a gloss black radiator grille.

New LED headlights replace all xenon headlights while LED daytime running lights are also standard on the car.

The interior is, as you would expect from VW, of the highest quality and this one has "beats" design seats and door trim panels, matching funky painted panels, coloured seat belts and a leather covered multi function steering wheel.

The system's 300 watt, eight-channel amplifier is fitted with a digital signal processor (DSP)with seven high-end loudspeakers distributed around the interior: two tweeters in the windscreen-pillars, two woofers in the front doors, two broadband loudspeakers in the back as well as a subwoofer integrated in the spare wheel well.

So if you like you music loud it will not disappoint. The beats logo is also to be found on door sill protectors. Other nice touches include the 16-inch Torsby black diamond-turned alloy wheels and tinted rear glass.

Definitely a departure from the standard Polo, but not blinged up beyond recognition.

The success of the car is pretty phenomenal with 14 million examples worldwide.

The latest seven-model line up seed more space in the cabin and stowage area. The boot volume has grown from 280 litres to 351 litres and 1125 with the seats folded

There is a range of engines including the punchy three cylinder, one litre petrol engine on this model.

With the throaty rasp the three pot engine delivers under acceleration it does complement the sporty/funky ethos of the model.

It is well equipped with the infotainment system operated via the standard eight-inch touchscreen which incorpoatesCar-Net ‘App-Connect'. This combines the functionality of Apple ‘CarPlay', Google ‘AndroidAuto' and‘MirrorLink' allowing mirroring of smartphone display on the infotainment touchscreen via USBconnection, not to mention control of the mega sound system, sat nav and Bluetooth connectivity.

For safety, it offers emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, adaptive cruise control and and blind spot detection.

All engines have stop-start system and a regenerative braking mode, and this engine, mated to a five-speed box offers an engaging drive with decent economy, with a claimed 62.8mpg.

It definitely feels sporty even if the acceleration of 0-60 in 10.8 seconds seems relatively modest, but it handles well, feeling stable on country lanes.

FAST FACTS

Volkswagen Polo beats 1.0 TSI

Price: £17,360

Mechanical: 95ps, 999cc, 3cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via five-speed gearbox

Max Speed: 116mph

0-62mph: 10.8 seconds

Combined MPG: 62.8

Insurance Group: 8

C02 emissions: 103g/km

Bik rating: 21%

Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles

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