[Video] 2018 VW Polo is here, complete with feisty GTI image

After countless leaks and teasers, VW has taken the official wraps off the sixth generation Polo subcompact, which is a “grown up” nowadays in terms of dimensions – comparatively reaching almost the same measurements as a fourth generation Golf from 1997.

The company has put to good use the Polo’s switch to the flexible MQB architecture, with the special A0 version reserved for supermini models such as the Seat Ibiza, VW Polo or the upcoming new generation Skoda Fabia. Length has reached 4,053 mm, surpassing the class threshold and more importantly there’s more space front and rear, while the boot space has jumped more than 25 percent to 351 liters. The flexible architecture is also bringing a lot of technologies from upper classes, such as automatic cruise control, emergency brake assist, LED headlights and blind spot detection, while inside owners can have a digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch infotainment screen – as well as never before seen perks such as keyless entry and starting.

[Video] 2018 VW Polo is here, complete with feisty GTI 24

The Polo will be available from the start with no less than nine Euro 6-compatible engines starting with a meager 1.0-liter gasoline packing just 65 horsepower to the group’s new 1.5-liter gasoline with cylinder deactivation and 150 hp. For now just two diesel engines have been announced – 1.6-liter with 80 hp and 95 hp. Fans of the series will get the GTI immediately and it packs 200 hp thanks to the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. In terms of design, the Polo is the usual evolution so people might mistake it for a facelift rather than an all-new version. One good way to set it apart from the old one is looking at the so-called ‘tornado line’ across the side of the car.

[Video] 2018 VW Polo is here, complete with feisty GTI 29

Inside the added 7 centimeters (2.7 inches) to the width will do wonders, and so does the entirely new dashboard – you won’t have trouble seeing it as a new generation Polo this time around. VW is also looking to make everyone happy with lots of personalization options – 14 exterior colors, 12 wheels, 13 different dashboard decoration versions, two interior trims and no less than 11 different seat covers. The Polo Beats version comes to life again with 16-inch alloys, sports seats, as well as 300-watt sound system approved by Dr Dre. Pricing starts at home in Germany from €12,975 and first orders will be fulfilled before January next year.