In town, the volkswagen polo 1.2 still has an important place in traffic. The car enthusiasts and other lambdas citizens have to travel by car, so seeking a “Daily” perfect, ie: car every day. It is to answer this question I got the idea to take over the Polo small car sized to the city and never tested on site. The version tested is a small 4-cylinder petrol engine of 1.2 liter 90hp perfect engine for urban journeys. And a box DSG7 for its versatility and comfort in traffic. Is this the perfect Daily?
Begin the exterior design of the volkswagen polo 1.2 as you say it now I do not catch. Nothing looks more like a Polo Polo that is mundane, but neat. I would have liked a little crazy but it is true that the consensus is in the Volkswagen habits. Come on, I try to find the positives: new daytime headlights are very nicely designed and the sharp front bumper is the most beautiful effect. Obviously the version tested in high-end finishing “Carat” is not devoid of very nice little touches. Note the beautiful wheels 17 “named” Mirabeau, “an option to reasonable price even in this high-end 404 USD.
It is inside the volkswagen polo 1.2 reveals its strengths. The finish is of a high standard and the quality of materials is at the rendezvous. The home multimedia system called “Discover Media” is a very good surprise: intuitive and fast it surprised me. Small black dot on the carplay, with what I suffered some “bugs” and disconnection of the radio failure after a call or writing in the voice of an SMS. Problem-assured was I who disappear with an update of the system. On this top version, the upholstery in Alcantara is the most beautiful effect and contributes to the feeling of comfort provided by the rest of the cabin. But as for the exterior, the interior is sorely lacking in personality.
The arrangements were, to my surprise, many and quite well done for. I want for example the empty pocket behind the USB / 12V / auxiliary and which, thanks to a consistent size to store a portfolio and / or a portable media player with discretion, being hidden from prying eyes. The volkswagen polo has also standard on this level range of storage drawers under the front seats.
At the wheel, it feels good. Hey, speaking of the steering wheel, the flat is quite appreciable but not necessarily useful, and the arch of the steering wheel and a bit too thin for my taste, I would have preferred a little more thickness to better hold in volkswagen polo 1.2.
In the city, the perfect playground for this small city, it’s really good: the small size of the VW and maneuverability allows you to play all the difficulties of everyday life of a city. The volkswagen polo 1.2 DSG 7-speed is well staged and allows not to consume too much fuel. On a set of 250 km achieved in town, I have not exceeded 6 liters per 100 km. Less than a quarter tank was consumed. A real lady in this regime Polo! For caps, daily adventures of a person living in the city, the dual-clutch automated gearbox has done its job. Perfect comfort, no jolts and almost a joy to live some delays so it’s easier not to tire without having to manage the clutch. The pack “Drive Assist” present on the test model (option 637 USD, including the adaptive controller and the reversing camera) allows to better manage the caps.
Out of town on a little winding road, the chassis of the Polo is not bad of course -without achieve the quality of a sport. But driving it is not made afraid, and we quickly discovered the limits of the small 4 cylinder that is sorely lacking power once out of the city. On motorways, the volkswagen polo 1.2 does the job, but prefers to remain quietly on the right lane, rather than venturing into risky overtaking. The small 4-cylinder is struggling on fast track and a big sin by lack of occasions. Inside no loud noises unpleasant winds can be reported and seat comfort allows to make the road without getting tired.
Out of all of my essay combining many city, the country road and a bit of highway, on a total of 400 km, the car has consumed almost nothing, no offense to “volkswagen polo 1.2”, I got out of it with an average consumption of 5 liters. Given to 4.7 liters in mixed by the manufacturer, the figure obtained is rather reliable.
Level competition, I’ve tried the Mini which is placed in front of this German pure strain. Facing the Germanic rigor, Mini shows its fun side and customizable. At almost the equivalent equipment Mini is slightly more expensive than the Polo, USD 26,000 against USD 29,000. The latter is therefore, for a city gentrified, a choice not so stupid when you want to go unnoticed. If you prefer the larger French vendors, the 208 and the Clio, you will pay just over € 23,000 for the Lioness and € 24,000 for the small city car to the diamond. The Polo is not so expensive on the market despite its investment “high end”. I excluded the 2 that are the Korean Kia Rio and Hyundai i20, because they do not have an automatic or robotic double clutch box, an essential gadget in town. The Citroen C3 third generation has meanwhile been announced and should come a little upset this ranking with a really quirky look and price a priori aggressive for volkswagen polo 1.2.
In conclusion, the volkswagen polo 1.2 TSI 90 PS with its DSG box is a really great Daily. Very nice in traffic, it also allows to make long-distance trips without too much trouble. I’ll tell you a secret, I do not like the models of the VAG group, which is why I had the urge to try one, perhaps one of the most sold to see if my feeling was real or subjective. Well I must say that after 3 days at the wheel, I’ve realized that I was perhaps too hard with this brand, which is actually not that bad. It is true that having had the high-end version of the Polo to be there for many, but I must say I was very surprised by this nice little car, but it lacks a key for me madness. Note nonetheless that the Polo starts at 15,380 USD.