Take the latest Volkswagen Golf, shrink it down a size class and you’ve pretty much come up with the all-new 2010 Volkswagen Polo. No longer a plain-Jane econobox, the Polo debuting at this year’s Geneva Motor Show is decidedly more stylish and better-equipped than VW’s past attempts at entry-level motoring.
Squeezed by buyers wanting more content and regulators who alternately demand better crash protection and improved fuel economy, Volkswagen engineers had a tough challenge ahead when they launched the fifth-generation Polo project. If initial appearances prove accurate, they’ve redeemed themselves well.
Not only is the ’10 Polo better looking and more lavishly outfitted but it’s also expected to meet the tough new European 5-star NCAP crash tests, revealed VW Board Member Ulrich Hachenberg. On a comparably-equipped basis, the new model comes in 7.5 percent lighter than the Gen-4 Polo. And across the board, VW claims significant improvements in mileage. The most frugal, a BlueMotion diesel, is set to lay claim to being the most fuel-efficient 50-door non-hybrid model on the planet, yielding an impressive 62 mpg in the European test cycle.