Glory, small cars are saved! The Euro 7 emission standard, which paradoxically most threatened the most modest, economical and affordable cars on the market, fortunately fell, so Polo et al. they can live on. And that’s a very good thing, because without them the world would be much poorer.

Not everyone needs a big SUV, because they don’t have children as garbage or move a refrigerator to the cottage every weekend, so they can get by with a modest smaller car. In the end, it drives better and is easier to park, eats less and generally costs less (purchase, insurance, tires and all other service).

A case in point is the Polo, currently the smallest model in the Volkswagen range. But the current Polo is already as big as a four-wheel drive Golf, which until recently was a full-fledged family car. So, if necessary, you can squeeze four adults into it (otherwise, the back seats are more for children) and it also offers a trunk with a very decent volume of 351 liters.

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It is just over four meters long. But that doesn’t matter at all, on the contrary, it brings a number of practical advantages.

The cabin has a pleasantly simple layout – in front of the driver there is a clear 8-inch digital instrument panel and right next to it is an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, which also has a very user-friendly environment and two additional rotary controls.

There is a separate climate control panel (albeit with touch buttons) and other handy controls that are now fashionable to drown in the depths of the infotainment menu – here you just need to press the button next to the shifter to turn off stop/start and double-click on the steering wheel to turn off driving monitoring in lane. And that’s all, Polo won’t bother you with anything else.

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The Polo’s cabin feels modern enough so that you don’t miss anything, and at the same time you settle in quickly and easily.

It drives like a piece of equipment: comfortably and quietly on straights, confident and agile in corners. Actually, it looks surprisingly mature for such a small car, but Volkswagen has its cars properly behaved and this little guy is no exception. You won’t have much fun behind the wheel with it, but you can rely on it in all circumstances.

Under the hood, you can only have a turbocharged three-cylinder (with 95 or 110 horsepower), but that doesn’t matter at all, because it’s a great engine. Thanks to the wave of the turbo, it always has enough power, while it does not interfere with vibrations or noise (not even on the highway, although its manual only has five qualts), you can only hear its typical gurgling under the gas. It is willing to be dialed to the red field and gradually gains strength and enthusiasm, but you can also keep it in the range of around two thousand, when you will be rewarded not only with a calm expression, but also with low consumption – on average, you are in it for about 5.5 liters .

The Volkswagen Polo is a seriously nice car. It is not a scream of modern technology, after all, it has been sold since 2017 and was modernized three years ago. But it is precisely that simplicity and “obsolescence” that makes it a very refreshing alternative in today’s over-technological car world. It’s exactly the kind of car you thought wasn’t made anymore. So buy, they won’t!

Especially now, while there is a special Limited edition on the market with a basic price tag of CZK 399,900 (Polo 1.0 TSI 95 hp with manual transmission), for which you get, for example, a multifunctional steering wheel upholstered in leather, front and rear lights with LED technology, a digital instrument panel . of the year or stocks run out.

Motor in-line three-cylinder, front transverse, turbocharged
Displacement volume 999 cm3
Performance 70 kW (95 hp) at 5,500 rpm.
Torque 175 Nm at 1,600-3,500 rpm
Transmission manual, 5 degrees
Tree front wheels
Standby weight 1 187 kg
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 10,6 s
Maximal speed 187 km/h
Consumption (combination) 5.2 l/100 km
Fuel tank volume 40 l
Wheels and tires 195/55 R16
Dimensions (length/width/height) 4 053/1 751/1 429 mm
Wheelbase 2 552 mm
Volume of the luggage compartment 351 l