Latest version of VW's 'green' 'mini boasts class-busting economy and ultra-low CO2 Volkswagen has introduced a new Variant of its top-selling Polo hatchback that’ll travel further per gallon and pump out fewer harmful exhaust gases than ever before.
The latest, second-generation of its Bluemotion model is capable of up to 80.7mpg across a varied mix of roads – that’s almost 7mpg better than the previous, Mk5 Polo. It’ll also emit just 91g/km of carbon dioxide – currently the lowest out of any conventionally powered car of its size and type. It also means that the car qualifies for ‘free’ road tax.
The new car uses a three-cylinder 1.2-litre common rail engine that produces 75bhp. It achieves its remarkably fuel economy using tall gearing through its five-speed manual ‘box, a braking system that ‘saves’ power and a stop-start system that stills the engine whenever you’re waiting in traffic. It allows the car to cover more than 800 miles without needing a fuel stop.
The Polo is also tweaked to improve its air resistance: it has altered bumpers, side skirts and an extended roof spoiler. It also runs on easy-roll tyres. The standstill to 62mph dash takes 13.9secs. Air conditioning, cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel come as standard, as well as four airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stabilisation programme (ESP).
Volkswagen dealers have opened their order books for the car and the first should reach showrooms by May. Volkswagen has't announced prices yet – but we'd expect the car to cost from £14,000.