16 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen Polo named Best Supermini 2019 by UK Car of the Year Awards panel

Volkswagen Polo: UK Car of the Year Best Supermini 2019

Bolstering its recent award-winning successes, the Volkswagen Polo has been named the Best Supermini 2019 by the UK Car of the Year Awards panel. The small Volkswagen was awarded the What Car? Best Small Car trophy in January, as well as the Supermini of the Year prize from Company Car Today magazine. It also collected the ‘Little Legend’ award from Carwow late last year.

The UK Car of the Year Awards panel was established in 2014 and comprises of 29 respected journalists from across the motoring industry with the criteria under consideration covering topics from interior comfort to infotainment system quality. The Polo was praised for its premium feel and rewarding driving experience, as well as the value it offers as an overall package.

Mat Watson, UK Car of the Year Awards judge and Editorial Director of Carwow, said: ‘Practical, loads of technology, good quality, comfy, quiet, good image, eco engines and “desirable”. Decent value on PCP too.’ Writer and editor Guy Bird described the Polo as: ‘A supermini that’s been hard to fault for nearly 40 years. The latest model continues the fine tradition of small car quality that generations of owners certainly appreciate and quietly love.’

Lisa Hartley, Volkswagen UK Product Manager for the Polo, said: ‘The Polo is on a roll. Warmly received by customers, it is among the UK’s top ten best-sellers for 2019 alongside the Golf, and is on a winning streak with critics.

‘Much-deserved recognition’
‘It’s encouraging to see Polo continue to get much-deserved recognition from the motoring media. The title of Best Supermini 2019 acknowledges the long list of talents that UK customers clearly appreciate.’

The Polo was also named the Safe Car of the Year at February’s FirstCar Awards 2019. An authoritative voice for young drivers for over a decade, the FirstCar judges said: ‘The Polo is the highest scoring supermini the safety experts at Euro NCAP have ever tested. It’s strong in a crash and has lots of safety kit.’

The Up, the Polo’s small city car sibling, received FirstCar City Car of the Year award. The panel commented: ‘We’re impressed that autonomous emergency braking can be specified on every Volkswagen Up. The VW is fun to drive, cheap to fuel, and inexpensive to insure.’

For more information on the multi-award-winning Polo, including prices and finance options, visit the Volkswagen UK website.

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23 January 2019 ~ 1 Comment

Award-winning Polo scoops 2019 What Car? and Company Car Today prizes

2019 Volkswagen Polo R-Line (UK)

The day of 22 January was a re-awarding one for the current sixth-generation Polo, as it collected two industry awards. Volkswagen’s evergreen supermini collected the 2019 What Car? Small Car of the Year award at a ceremony at Grosvenor Hotel in London, while earlier in the day fleet and business magazine Company Car Today bestowed its Supermini of the Year prize on the Polo at its CCT100 Awards.

‘The Polo sets the standard’
The Polo – the second most popular car in the UK during December 2018 – dealt a sucker punch to the competition to emerge victorious and take the keenly fought-for What Car? award, thanks to some long-held qualities as well as its price. The judges commented: ‘The Polo sets the standard for comfort, practicality and refinement in the small car class, while its frugal 1.0-litre petrol engine and strong resale values make it a good long-term buy, and Volkswagen has kept the pricing sensible. There are no weaknesses in its armour.’

Additionally, the T-Roc took the What Car? Best small SUV for more than £20,000 win, a year after being commended at the 2018 ceremony in the publication’s Safety Award. And continuing a run of success at four consecutive What Car? Awards, the Touran seven seater scooped 2019’s Best MPV for between £20,000-£30,000 prize. The Polo’s 2019 What Car? prize comes 24 years after it was triumphant in the same category, from where it went on to be named the overall 1995 What Car? Car of the Year.

What Car? editor Steve Huntingford said of 2019’s honours: ‘Volkswagen’s cars are consistently among the class leaders, which is all the more impressive when you consider how diverse its range is. The brand’s successes at the 2019 What Car? Car of the Year Awards reflect this. With the I.D electric car and the eighth-generation Golf set to be revealed later this year, it seems there’s plenty of opportunity for further Volkswagen success at the 2020 What Car? Awards.’

‘High-quality and practical package’
The Polo also scores with fleet and businesses, too, and the latest version collected the title of Supermini of the Year from Company Car Today at the magazine’s second CCT100 Awards. Editor Paul Barker applauded the car’s mix of – once again, long-held – virtues: ‘Volkswagen’s Polo won in one of the most closely-fought sectors of all, proving that a desirable badge can also make sense in terms of overall running cost. The Polo impresses for all the sensible things such as efficiency, residual value and cost per mile, but in a high-quality and practical package with VW badge appeal.’

For a second year, the Up also impressed the Company Car Today judges. Awarded the title’s City Car of the Year accolade, the panel remarked that the compact Volkswagen ‘proves that high-quality little cars can also be fun and cost-effective’. Barker added: ‘The Up is at its best around town, but also surprisingly capable and spacious, making it a versatile car that keeps running costs low.’

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28 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen Polo named ‘Safe Car of the Year’ at inaugural FirstCar Awards

2018 Volkswagen Polo SEL

Safety has long been a Volkswagen trademark which the Polo has promoted to good effect, and the latest sixth-generation Polo has been named the ‘Safe Car of the Year’ at the inaugural FirstCar Awards. Held at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London, the FirstCar prize comes after safety experts at Euro NCAP awarded the new Polo a five star rating, where it scored the highest values among its rivals.

David Motton, Editor of FirstCar, a publication and website aimed at new drivers, said at the prestigious ceremony, ‘The Volkswagen Polo brings big-car safety standards to the supermini market. It has earned a five-star rating from the safety experts at Euro NCAP, achieving the highest score for any car in its class.

‘An extremely safe choice’
‘We’re delighted that so much safety equipment and driver assistance technologies are included as standard, including City Emergency Braking (Volkswagen’s autonomous emergency braking system) which is standard across all Polo models. Good all-round visibility also helps make the Polo an extremely safe choice for new drivers’, he continued.

The latest and biggest Polo ever has also gained notable recognition from other corners, too. Last month at the New York International Auto Show, Volkswagen’s top-selling supermini was presented with the trophy for ‘World Urban Car’ as part of the World Car of the Year awards.

New engines, sharper design
The sixth-generation Polo focuses on increases in cabin and luggage space within larger external dimensions alongside the debut of new engines, a sharper design, new ‘big car’ assistance systems, the debut of a new series of infotainment systems and the global arrival of the second generation of Volkswagen’s Active Info Display.

More than 1.4 million drivers in the UK have bought a Polo over the last 42 years, and the new car reflects a new level for assistance systems in the supermini segment. Technologies such as City Emergency Braking with new Pedestrian Monitoring function, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Blind Spot Detection significantly make the sixth-generation car the safest Polo ever.

Priced from £13,860, the new Polo is on sale now. For more details, including brochures and pricing and Volkswagen’s online configurator, please visit www.volkswagen.co.uk.

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06 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen Polo scoops Auto Express New Car Awards 2016 prize

2016 Volkswagen Polo R-Line (UK)

The Volkswagen Polo has been crowned the best supermini in the UK by motoring magazine Auto Express. It’s the second consecutive year the small Volkswagen has topped the small car category, the refreshed and efficient engine line-up helping it pick up the 2016 prize.

‘Huge breadth of appeal’
Alison Jones, Director of Volkswagen UK, said: ‘The Polo neatly typifies all the positives of the Volkswagen offering in the UK. It has a huge breadth of appeal thanks to a broad choice of models and engines, great styling and that class-leading quality for which Volkswagen is rightly renowned.’

Auto Express Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler said: ‘A 2015 facelift kept the Volkswagen Polo looking fresh and boosted its charm, and this year the German brand has added even more efficient engine options that see the supermini once again edge ahead of its rivals.

‘The Polo shares Volkswagen’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with the Up city car, but there’s also a more potent turbo version available. Even the lower-powered model is sufficient, thrumming along at motorway speeds with plenty of refinement.’ The four-cylinder turbocharged 1.2-litre TSI version was also mooted as one of the picks of the range.

‘Extra interest’
The new Polo R-Line which adds Volkswagen ‘R’-type styling flourishes was also praised by Fowler: ‘Volkswagen released a sporty new R-Line model this year to address one of the Polo’s biggest downfalls, which ensured the supermini can no longer be accused of looking a little safe or lacking style. The R-Line bodykit and bigger wheels add some extra interest to the car’s solid surfaces and sharp creases.

‘It looks like a smaller Golf – which is no bad thing – and that’s reinforced from the moment you shut the door with a solid thunk. The cabin is very well built and feels genuinely upmarket. There’s a wider range of petrol and diesel engines available, too, with a larger, more powerful 1.4 TSI. Not only is this hotter, but it also features clever tech like cylinder deactivation to improve efficiency when cruising.

‘Eco champion’
The new petrol-powered Polo BlueMotion 1.0 TSI was also noted for its economy and low emissions: ‘If you’re after an eco champion, VW’s high-efficiency BlueMotion technology has been applied to the already frugal 1.0 TSI, with impressive claimed fuel economy of 68.9mpg and 94g/km CO2 emissions,’ said Fowler.

We’ll admit to being surprised that the fifth-generation is still winning prizes, seven years into its production run. A new model is mooted for 2017/2018 and will be based on the smallest version of the new Volkswagen ‘MQB’ modular platform architecture. The current Polo range is priced from £11,525 OTR. For more details, visit the Volkswagen UK website.

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01 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen Polo scoops Auto Express Supermini of the Year 2015 award

2015 Volkswagen Polo (UK)

In a surprise reveal, the latest Volkswagen Polo has been awarded the Supermini of the Year title in the 2015 Auto Express New Car Awards. At a ceremony in London last night, the small VW beat off competition from the new Mazda 2 and its in-house rival, the Skoda Fabia to scoop the coveted industry prize.

Upmarket quality
The magazine stated that the closely-fought category was a ‘tough decision’. The Polo won out thanks to ‘its upmarket quality, grown-up driving manners and range of efficient yet responsive engines,’ according to the UK title. The Polo gained cosmetic exterior changes and more thorough interior and mechanical upgrades last summer.

Auto Express also praised the Polo for its ‘excellent mix of refined comfort and polished dynamics. Its suspension soaks up bumps with ease, while the cabin is hushed even at motorway speeds. In corners there’s plenty of grip, and the Polo is enjoyable to drive, thanks in part to the punchy delivery of its petrol and diesel turbos.’

The magazine’s top choice of its top supermini? The £14,410 1.2 TSI 90 SE five-door due to its performance and low running costs. Visit the Auto Express website to find out what other reasons made the small Volkswagen supermini champion. PoloDriver.com is running the exact same 1.2 TSI model as part of its long-term fleet. Catch up with owner Tom Goodlad’s running reports here.

2015 Volkswagen UK Kenwood Electronics satellite navigation accessory upgrade

VW UK factory-approved accessory navigation system
In associated news, Volkswagen UK has announced a factory-approved accessory touchscreen navigation option from Kenwood Electronics. The GVN-MIB1 navigation upgrade is suitable for Mk VII Golf, 2014-on Polo and 2015 Passat models and is an easily-installed Plug & Play upgrade. The system costs £599 including installation at a VW retailer and uses Garmin maps.

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