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08 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Update: more clips added to PoloDriverTV YouTube channel

We’ve been busy updating our YouTube channel, PoloDriverTV. Not only are there the latest Polo TV commercials from certain global territories, but you will also find official Volkswagen footage of the fifth-generation car, including driving scenes and static footage of both the three-door and BlueMotion models. We’ve recently tested the BlueMotion, too, along with the 1.2-litre SEL TSI; click here to view our downloadable digital magazine first drive report. Head over or subscribe to PoloDriverTV to see the latest updates.

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19 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Auto Express group tests 2010 Polo BlueMotion against Ford Fiesta ECOnetic

The current issue of Auto Express pits the latest version of the Polo BlueMotion against its arch nemesis, the Ford Fiesta, in frugal ECOnetic guise. The £15,045 Polo costs £400 less than the Fiesta, but has 20bhp less, powered by a 1.2-litre TDI engine. The 94bhp Ford makes it power courtesy of a 1.6-litre TDI unit, but is 7g/km dirtier than the Volkswagen, quite literally soiling its scorecard in eco circles. We’ve tested the Polo BlueMotion recently and found it to be fun in a basic, economy kind of way. Which car wins the Auto Express eco pairing? Buy a copy of issue 1,123 (14–20 July 2010) to find out.

[Image: Auto Express/Pete Gibson]

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14 July 2010 ~ 1 Comment

2010 Polo SEL 1.2 TSI and BlueMotion 1.2 TDI: PoloDriver first drives report

Here is our first drive report of two of the new Polo range’s most interesting new models. Both turbocharged, but with very different jobs to do, these two 1.2-litre cars even share similar £14,000-£15,000 price points. But, whereas the SEL provides a suitable stopping point for the mainstream Polo range, the BlueMotion shows that driving economically can be fun. With the new Polo saloon and CrossPolo not currently coming to the UK, and with the exception of the GTI, this pair complete the Polo range for now. See how we got on driving around the leafy lanes of Leicestershire by clicking on the magazine graphic below, or if you can’t see the preview, visit this link. The third of our special digital ‘mini-magazines’, check out the PoloDriver bookshelf for our previous two titles. The first issue features mini-tests of the new Polo range in general, while the second four-pager is an account of our findings after a week spent with the Polo’s baby brother city car, the 1.2 Volkswagen Fox Urban.

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11 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

2010 Polo GTI: UK press test round-up

The arrival of the new Polo GTI has certainly attracted a fair share of press attention here in the UK. At least three motoring magazines have features on it in their current issues; here’s a quick round-up of its latest appearances. Top Gear magazine tests it alongside its contemporaries and larger competitors in an 11-car, 30-page hot hatch mega test – the July 2010 issue might not be around for much longer, so grab a copy now – while Volkswagen Driver’s July 2010 GTI special features a brief drive of the new hot shot Polo. What Car? meanwhile tests the new Polo GTI against the Mini Cooper S, Renaultsport Clio 200, and the SEAT Ibiza Cupra in its August 2010 edition. The same copy of the magazine also features a brief drive of the latest Polo BlueMotion, while the 89bhp SEL TDI is tested in its annual towcar awards.

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29 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Polo BlueMotion makes WhatGreenCar Car of the Year 2010 shortlist

The latest version of the Polo BlueMotion has been shortlisted for the WhatGreenCar Car of the Year 2010 award, which the organisers claim is the most scientifically-based green car prize in the UK. Now in its third year, WhatGreenCar uses unique ratings to rank the greenest new cars to come to market, and shortlisted cars are rated for environmental impact, value, driving experience and design.

To be eligible for the award, new models must be commercially available for purchase direct from the manufacturer or order in the UK during 2010. City cars, superminis, small family cars, large family cars, MPVs, executive and sports classes form the initial selection. The judging and test drives of the 10 shortlisted cars takes place on Wednesday 30 June at Imperial College, London, a university specialising in technological innovation. This makes it an ideal place for the judges to assess the final line-up. The overall winner of the WhatGreenCar Car of the Year 2010 awards will be announced on Thursday 1 July.

The 10 cars shortlisted for the WhatGreenCar Car of the Year 2010 award are as follows:

  • BMW 320d EfficientDynamics; WGC rating 31; CO2: 109g/km
  • Citroen DS3 1.6 HDi; WGC rating: 29; CO2: 99g/km
  • Honda CR-Z hybrid; WGC rating: TBC; CO2: 117g/km
  • Kia Venga 1.4 CRDi; WGC rating: 33; CO2: 117g/km
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV 47kW synchronous/Li-ion; WGC rating: 10; CO2: 0g/km
  • SEATt Leon 1.6 TDI Ecomotive; WGC rating: 28; CO2: 99g/km
  • Toyota Auris hybrid; WGC rating: TBC; CO2: 89g/km
  • Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX; WGC rating: 29; CO2: 98g/km
  • Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TDI BlueMotion; WGC rating: 26; CO2: 89g/km
  • Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe; WGC rating 29; CO2: 99g/km

(Note: WGC rating = WhatGreenCar rating)

Edit, 1 July 2010: WhatGreenCar have awarded the Toyota Auris Hybrid its Car of the Year 2010 prize, ahead of the SEAT Leon 1.6 TDI Ecomotive, the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics and the Citroen DS3 1.6 HDi. A missed opportunity we think, as the Polo BlueMotion makes use of existing technology to get the ideal pairing of low emissions and high miles per gallon, while Toyota reportedly uses more harmful environmental processes to manufacture the NiMH battery packs for both the Prius and Auris Hybrid – coincidentally launched today – while posting similar CO2 and mpg values.

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