The Volkswagen Polo, which is the second-best selling car for Volkswagen in the UK after The Golf, has received a makeover, replacing the Polo SE with the new Polo Match and gets a host of additional equipment and enhanced trim level, giving it a welcome boost.
The Volkswagen Polo Match now has new 15-inch ‘Seyene’ alloy wheels, front fog lights, rear tinted-windows and front and rear parking sensors. This additional standard equipment which, if specified as options on the Polo SE, would cost £980.
The additional equipment on the new Polo Match adds to the superb package you already get on the outgoing SE trim level. This includes as standard, Car-Net App Connect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8.0-inch Composition Media infotainment system and lumbar adjustment for the front seats.
As with the outgoing SE, the new Polo Match gets three engine and gearbox configurations, all of them being 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol units. The 80 PS EVO engine is available with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 95 PS turbocharged unit can be combined with a five-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG transmission. Both engines will give you improved lower running costs, with WLTP-certified CO2 emissions of 125 – 139 g/km, while fuel economy on the combined WLTP cycle ranges from a very respectable 42.8 to 51.4 mpg.
The Volkswagen Polo won a number of awards last year, including ‘Small Car of the Year’ from What Car? Company Car Today’s ‘Supermini of the Year’ prize, ‘Safe Car of the Year’ at the First Car Awards and ‘Small Car of the Year’ from the UK Car of the Year panel. It has repeated its success at the 2020 What Car? Awards, with another ‘Best Small Car’ title already this year.
Lisa Hartley, Polo Product Manager at Volkswagen UK, said: “The Polo is a stand-out model in its segment, with multiple accolades praising its talents, including its recent trophy from the What Car? Awards – the second time in two years that the Polo has triumphed in this category. This new Match trim replaces SE with a considerable bundle of additional equipment and makes the Polo even better value for money.
“The Polo goes from strength to strength, so giving customers extra and improving a celebrated all-rounder in this way should only bring more good news for our second best-seller in the UK.”
The 2020 Polo Match starts at £16,465 on the road for the 80 PS version, which is a £785 value boost over the outgoing SE version given the pretty generous level of standard equipment you get and is just a small price increase of £200. The 1.0 TSI 95 PS 7-speed DSG version comes in at £18,530.
For more information on the new Volkswagen Polo Match, please visit the Volkswagen website: www.volkswagen.co.uk/new/polo
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers, professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of Volkswagen UK