20 October 2009 ~ 3 Comments

Polo 1.2 TSI to arrive in January 2010

2009 Volkswagen Polo SEL TSI

We’ve had a few PoloDriver.com followers ask us when the range-topping Polo TSI is arriving, so in true journalistic and investigative tradition, we’ve gone straight to the top to both find out the answer, and try to clear things up.

A well-placed source at Volkswagen UK tells us that the first cars are expected after the turn of the New Year. Production of the three-door models with the new turbocharged 1.2-litre 104bhp engine will start in early December, and, after exportation to the UK, should be here around six weeks later.

The engine will then be dropped into the five-door bodyshell ‘around a month later,’ says our man, ‘meaning a UK on-sale date of either late February or early March.’ Prices haven’t yet been announced, but as the three-door 1.4-litre 84bhp SEL with the seven-speed DSG gearbox retails at £14,175, we expect the more powerful TSI to start at around £500 to £600 more.

At the time of writing, we don’t know if the semi-automatic gearbox will be offered as standard or even as an option. We think it likely, though; initial road tests hinted at a positive availability and the 84bhp SEL can be ordered with it.

The Polo’s performance stablemate, the SEAT Ibiza Cupra has it fitted as standard, too, but we wouldn’t like to hedge our bets. Volkswagen is still capable of surprising, after all. Standard fitment will more than likely be a manual six-speeder.

For more information on the complete new Polo range, visit the fifth-generation’s pages on the Volkswagen UK website.

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