The popular Polo supermini makes its debut

The popular Polo supermini makes its debut

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It is thirty four years since the first Volkswagen Polo went on sale, and the fifth generation of this supermini has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

The new model is slightly wider and longer and these new dimensions provide greater passenger and luggage space, there is more leg, head and shoulder room and approximately 280 litres of luggage space which is increased to 952 litres with the rear seats folded.

The new Polo is powered by a mix of advanced naturally aspirated 1.2- and 1.4-litre engines as well as a new turbocharged 1.2-litre TSI petrol unit joining another all-new 1.6-litre TDI common rail diesel engine. A low emissions Blue Motion will be added to the range after the initial launch. The new Blue Motion achieves 74 mpg while emitting just 96 g/km of CO2; this will improve on the current Polo Blue Motion model which is one of the most fuel efficient vehicles currently on sale.

In addition, and for the first time on a Polo, the RNS 310 touch screen satellite navigation system can be specified along with a three-spoke, multifunction steering wheel. There is also an easily accessed connection point for an MP3 player. Safety equipment on all models includes four airbags, anti-lock brakes, and Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) and Isofix child-seat mounting points as standard.

Prices have yet to be announced but production will commence this summer with a view of the first deliveries around October time.