Inside, a sharp new dash reminiscent of the Lupo's makes the most of some fine quality materials: the dash is topped with an appealing tactile soft-touch plastic, and the instruments are illuminated in Volkswagen's hallmark blue. The styling changes have freshened what was beginning to become dated, and with a new dash and restyled interior complementing best-in-class quality, the Polo is now up with the top superminis.
The new Polo ushers in four new engines: two of these have transferred from other Volkswagen models - the 1.4 16v 75bhp unit already available in the Lupo and Golf, and the 64bhp 1.9 SDI diesel previously offered only in the saloon and estate. The others are a brand new 125bhp 16v 1.6 for the GTI and a technically advanced 75bhp 1.4-litre three-cylinder TDI - the model tested here - which uses the latest pumpe duse injection technology, giving a total of five petrol and two diesel engines in the hatchback.
Initially, the 1.4 TDI is available in three- and five-door SE trim only, priced from ú12,620 on the road for the three-door to ú13,085 for the five-door. Volkswagen may, however, increase the number of trim levels available with the 1.4-litre TDI engine once sales patterns for the new model have settled down.