New Volkswagen Polo 2022: preview test, 1.0 petrol and methane | Video

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Let's find out what is; really changed in the Volkswagen Polo with the restyling unveiled last spring. After everything you have read in the past few months, it is; the time has finally come to see it up close, to try it, to understand how it goes, where & egrave; improved and to tell you a little bit about it; better.

  • DESIGN AND DIMENSIONS
  • MOTORIZATIONS
  • TECHNICAL DATA SHEET POLO 1.0 TSI 95 CV
  • 1.0 TSI 95 HP FUEL POLE TEST
  • 1.0 TGI POLE TECHNICAL SHEET
  • 1.0 TGI METHANE POLE TEST
  • ADAS AND SAFETY
  • TECHNOLOGY ON BOARD
  • EQUIPMENT AND PRICES
  • THE ALTERNATIVES
  • VIDEO

DESIGN AND DIMENSIONS optical groups , now of series with LED technology , with an unprecedented day and night light signature that definitely stands out.

Now on the Polo, for the first time, there are also LED matrix headlights , to which is added the transversal element in the grille, an LED light strip. Just according to the most stylistic language; recent of the brand, seen on Golf, Arteon and the ID models.

Also behind the optical groups are LEDs, and & egrave; the tailgate has also been redesigned, so like the bumper.


C & rsquo; & egrave; who says that & egrave; almost become a small Golf. In fact … Among the compacts the Polo & egrave; always been that a bit & rsquo; more serious in design, which is & egrave; granted less to the oddities, that he dared less, but that he & egrave; then always appreciated as a concrete car, with important contents. It will be so & igrave; again this time?

This time for & ograve; the & ldquo; serious & rdquo; Polo gives itself a shot of life, with four new colors : Ascot and Smoke Gray, the most & ugrave; sporty Kings Red and the most & ugrave; decided Vibrant Violet, which stands out. Some colors can be combined with the roof in Black (Roof Pack).

Here are the dimensions : length 4.074 mm x width 1.751 mm x height 1.451 mm, with a pitch of 2.552 mm.

MOTORIZATIONS

For launch three petrol versions strong>, because & eacute; Volkswagen still believes in it, and no diesel: a pity for those who grind many kilometers for work and are; always got along well with the German compact. The traction & egrave; obviously front and a 3-cylinder 1.0 & egrave; offered in three power steps: 80, 95 and 110 hp.

The least powerful engine with 80 hp (59 kW) is; naturally aspirated, with a maximum torque of 93 Nm, and combined with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The House declares a combined consumption of 4.6 liters per 100 kilometers.

The intermediate version is; powered by a TSI direct injection turbo engine with 95 hp (70 kW), combined with the 5-speed manual but you can & ograve; have on request with a 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox, which is; standard on the engine more & ugrave; powerful.

The most powerful engine. powerful with 110 hp boasts a maximum torque & egrave; of well 200 Nm. Then c & rsquo; & egrave; the 1.0 TGI from 90 hp methane/petrol , combined with a 6-speed manual transmission.


At the end of 2021 it will arrive & agrave; also the GTI , for those who still love to drive, with the 2.0 TSI of 207 hp combined with the 7-speed DSG. & Egrave; obviously the most bad: in the new front c & rsquo; & egrave; also a honeycomb grille, which is part of a dedicated aesthetic kit, with some red details; 17-inch standard alloy wheels, on request also from 18.

Behind the double exhaust tailpipe, for the avoidance of doubt. Inside the Digital Cockpit Pro with 10.25-inch display c & rsquo; & egrave; dedicated graphics. Under the hood, the 2-liter turbo boasts 320 Nm of torque. From 0 to 100 in 6.5 seconds, speed maximum 240 km/h. Pu & ograve; Is that enough?

DATA SHEET 1.0 TSI 95 HP

  • Number of cylinders/Displacement: 3/999 cc
  • Maximum power: 70 kW/95 HP
  • Transmission type: Front-wheel drive
  • Gearbox: 5-speed manual
  • Exhaust gas regulations: Euro 6d
  • Mass in running order: 1,172 kg
  • Capacit & aacute; tank: 40 l
  • Capacity; luggage compartment min/max: 351/1.125 l
  • Speed ​​& aacute; maximum: 187 km/h
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 10.8 s
  • WLTP combined consumption: 5.19 l/100km & # 8288;
  • CO2 emissions combined cycle: 118 g/km & # 8288;

PETROL TEST 1.0 TSI 95 CV

The exchange manual has good maneuverability, and the clutch pedal modulates quite well too. The only real drawback is; the absence of the sixth gear: it would be more; silent and also consumption would improve for sure. Perhaps it is; better to choose it with the 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox.

Comfort speaking, it absorbs the roughness quite well; of the road, only on the most holes; deep c & rsquo; & egrave; some backlash. L & rsquo; sample under test & egrave; in the Style version, which is fitted as standard with 16 & rdquo; alloy wheels, so the tires do not have too low shoulder, & egrave; a quiet version. Perhaps with the 17-inch wheels, available on request, it could become a bit & rsquo; more rigid, but certainly even more & ugrave; precise in the guide.

It makes itself felt a bit & rsquo; the roar of the three cylinders, especially when you accelerate with more; decision, but just the speed increases and becomes constant, the thruster becomes more & ugrave; silent. As soon as we have the opportunity to test it on the highway, at speed; more high, we will understand better if there are significant aerodynamic rustles and any tire rolling noise.

The first impact with l & rsquo; braking system & egrave; positive, so like the feeling with the brake pedal, which modulates well. At the next test more in depth we will also put pressure on the brakes.

How much does it consume? The House declares a consumption combined a little more; of 5 liters per 100km. In our test we mostly rode in the hills, using a lot of low gears, sometimes even pushing a little bit, and we recorded a value of around 7 liters per 100 kilometers. E & rsquo; far from what was promised but do you know brand new cars that have undergone regular consumption? Let's give her time and next time she will know; definitely do better. & # 8288;

DATASHEET 1.0 TGI

  • Number of cylinders/Displacement: 3/999 cc
  • Maximum power: 66 kW/90 HP
  • Transmission type: Front wheel drive
  • Gearbox: 6-speed manual
  • Mass in running order: 1,305 kg
  • Capacit & aacute; tank: approx. 9 l
  • Capacity methane tank: 13.8 kg
  • Capacity; luggage compartment min/max: 251/1.025 l
  • Speed ​​& aacute; maximum: 183 km/h
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 12.3 s
  • WLTP combined consumption: 5.61 m3/100km & # 8288;
  • CO2 emissions combined cycle: 100 g/km & # 8288;

TEST 1.0 TGI: THE METHANE POLE

We were able to walk a bit & rsquo; of kilometers even with the version pushed by the 1.0 TGI . Under the hood of the new methane-powered Polo a 1-liter three-cylinder turbo TGI engine with 90 HP and 160 Nm of torque between 1,800 and 3,800 rpm, combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox . The House declares a speed; maximum of 183 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.3 seconds.

The first impression is; of an engine already; more & ldquo; untied & rdquo; compared to the petrol one, it immediately reveals itself more; ready, pi & ugrave; lively. There & egrave; really liked the 6-speed manual gearbox, with a ratio that seems just right.

The only noticeable difference compared to the car tested before is; the noise of the engine, which feels a bit & rsquo; more & ugrave ;. For the rest in this first contact and egrave; passed with full marks.


Volkswagen declares a combined consumption of natural gas of 5, 6 m3 per 100 km. In our short journey we recorded a value of about 6 m3, therefore very close to what was promised. Let's just hope that the price of this fuel will return to lower prices; & ldquo; human & rdquo; of those more & ugrave; recent …

If c & rsquo; & egrave; a quantity sufficient natural gas, the engine always starts on natural gas. Pu & ograve; count on three cylinders for methane with a capacity; total of 13.8 kg which promise a range of 350 km. When the methane gas supply runs out in the high-pressure tank, it automatically switches to petrol, with a small tank of about 9 liters.

Classified as a so-called & ldquo; monovalent vehicle & rdquo; methane gas can & ograve; take advantage of tax breaks such as partial (75%) or total exemption from stamp duty. Also, in some cities & agrave; local regulations allow free access to ZTL areas and exempt methane cars from traffic blocks.

ADAS AND SAFETY

With the restyling the Polo becomes even more more; safe . Already in the entry level version c & rsquo; & egrave; a novelty; very important: the central airbag , designed to protect the driver and the front passenger by preventing them from hitting each other. C & rsquo; & egrave; also a new pretensioner that further stretches the seat belt in the pelvis area.

And then there are already standard features: Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, Pedestrian and cyclist recognition , Lane Assist and the fatigue detector.

The IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights and the LED fog lights are also included in the standard equipment of the top-of-the-range trim levels (in particular in the Style).

ADAS speaking, we add the adaptive Cruise Control but, above all, for the first time on the Polo c & rsquo; & egrave; the IQ.Drive Pack with the Travel Assist , which we already know; quite well. Pu & ograve; so & igrave; boast a Level 2 driving assistance up to speed; of 201 km/h.

TECHNOLOGY ON BOARD

Inside does not change much in appearance, the setting of the cockpit does not vary. The quality & agrave; of the finishes & egrave; good, but remains a bit & rsquo; of perplexity on the plastics used for the door panels. The multifunction steering wheel is; has been redesigned.

With the restyling comes much more; technology . Now already in the entry version & egrave; the Digital Cockpit is also standard , the digital instrumentation with an 8-inch display; then c & rsquo; & egrave; the Composition Media audio system with a 6.5-inch screen and the Bluetooth telephone interface.

If you choose the medium version there is also the App-Connect and the USB type C socket in the central armrest in the center of the rear compartment.


In the top-of-the-range fittings, in particular in the Style, we find the Digital Cockpit Pro with a standard 10.25-inch display, and the Ready2Discover infotainment with 8-inch screen and the App-Connect Wireless.

With this system then there is & rsquo; & egrave; the possibility to add the functionnavigation , subsequently purchasing it on Demand . In Italy it will be; available towards the end of December. In the list of options you can find other systems that satisfy even the most; demanding

If you choose the Climatronic on the renewed Polo, for the first time the unit & agrave; automatic climate control will have; touch surfaces and sliders, just like on the other more & ugrave; recent of the Group.

EQUIPMENT AND PRICES >

strong price list of the renewed Polo Model Year 2022 starts from 18,700 Euros of the 1.0 EVO 80 hp in the entry level version and reaches 29,500 of the GTI.

& Egrave; offered in 4 fittings : Polo , Life , Style and R-Line. But there & ograve; that changes more & ugrave; & egrave; a standard equipment much more; rich than before. In addition to what I already have there; listed, in the Polo version you will also find: LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, lights with Coming function & amp; Leaving Home with twilight sensor, multifunction steering wheel, DAB + digital radio and much more. Style & egrave; for those who want it more elegant, R-Line for those who prefer it more; sporty.

VOLKSWAGEN POLO 2022 ONLINE CONFIGURATOR

And for those who are not satisfied c & rsquo; & egrave ; the GTI , which & egrave; a world apart, with 17 & Prime; alloy wheels, 15mm lowered sports suspension, multifunction sports leather steering wheel with red stitching, sports seats with Clark checkered fabric, Driving Profile selection and XDS self-locking differential, to underline his temperament.

THE ALTERNATIVES

The Polo & egrave; improved, indeed & egrave; matured, to try to contrast the most rivals; fearsome in segment B such as Renault Clio, Toyota Yaris, Opel Corsa, Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208.

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In our preview, we traveled a few km, it was just a taste, but we will try it more; thoroughly, to discover the defects that in our first time maybe he was able to hide well. How there & egrave; seemed? & Egrave; still the reference in the B segment?

Do not forget that you will be able to get to know and try out the range of the renewed Polo at the Porte Aperte to be held; at Volkswagen dealerships on the weekend of Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October .

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