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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 30th 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —3 classic is a worldwide star on the road THE Mazda2 and Ford Fiesta may feel and drive more dynamically, but the Polo responds well to measured driver inputs and finesse. Smoothness is the name of the game in this car and it repays such precision with fatigue-free driver and passengers. Press-on drivers may be disap- pointed that the chassis is not a bit sharper and the damping a bit firmer but we’d suggest that the vast major- ity of Polo buyers will be very happy with the ride and handling. The electro-mechanical steering, likemany VWs we’ve driven, does lack some feedback, though. Those buyers wanting a crisper STRONGER BODY: The new-generation VW Polo has been extensively tinkered. Asoneof themostpopularVWsgloballyandabest seller in Germany,VWAustralia has highhopesfor thenewcar Equipment levels for Australia are expected to mirror the current car but six airbags and standard electro- nic stability control may make the grade as standard equipment. The new body is significantly stronger, which has translated into better crash safety. VW expects a five-star crash rating under the new tougher EuroNCAP testing. It has reduced crash intrusion into the footwell area by 50 per cent and side intrusion by 20 per cent. In Europe the front-wheel drive Polo comes with a choice of seven petrol and turbo-diesel engines. There will be three engines for Australia. A 1.4 normally aspirated four cylinder carried over from the old model but updated to Euro IV emission levels, a 1.2-litre TSI that will replace the 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre TDI, which will replace the 1.9-litre TDI. The 1.4 petrol engine develops 63kW/132Nm while the 1.2-litre TSI pumps out 77kW/175Nm. The TDI engine chosen for Aussie- spec Polos develops 66kW/230Nm. The 1.4 petrol and 1.6 TDi get five- speed gearboxes, while the 1.2 gets a six-speed. All are expected to be available with optional seven-speed DSG gearboxes. The 1.2 TSI and 1.6-litre TDI are new engines in the Polo family. VW claims a 20 per cent fuel economy improvement in the TSI and 15 per cent in the TDI. The TSI’s combined fuel figure is 5.5 litres/100km, the TDI 4.2 litres/100km and the 1.4 5.9 litres/100km. driving experience will have to wait for the GTi. The1.4-litre petrol engine is smooth, revvy and elastic at low revs. It is not overly endowed with urge but is a very sweet engine. Pushed into corners the 1.4 will understeer — push wide through corners on its 15-inch alloys—but the all-round composure is reassuring and confident. The TSI, fitted with 17-inch wheels and tyres, feels flatter and more precise without any loss of ride comfort. The front McPherson strut suspen- sion and rear semi-independent sus- pension have been tweaked for better stability and ride comfort. Both the five and six-speed manuals are smooth and precise and the seven-speed DSG is seamless. VW expects that most Aussie Polo buyers will go for the DSG gearbox. They won’t be disappointed. Although there is nothing wrong with the 1.4, the TDI and TSI engines are the pick. They are such sophisticated little engines there is little to separate them. The petrol engine revs harder but the TDI has better low-down torque. The 1.2-litre TSI version could easily wear a GTi badge and you’d be happy, such is the mid-range performance for overtaking. Maximum torque of 175Nm is available between 1500 revs and 3500 revs. Forget all you know about 1.2-litre four-cylinder engines, the TSI Polo engine rewrites the book on how good small-capacity engines can be. The TSI is deceptively quick with a top speed of 190km/h, yet flexible enough to pullaway in third gear under40km/ h. We spent time in the higher capaci- ty 77kW/250Nm Polo TDI but all TDIs share a common rail design that is sweet revving, quiet and demon- strably strong. All three engines are impressively quiet too. At 110km/h all engines are mutedand suppressedand wind noise is virtually absent. Even with the rear seats folded and piled with luggage the cabin remains quiet and free of any road noise or ‘‘booming’’. The overall body integrity shines through here. It feels substantial and well planted on the road. The latest fifth-generation Polo is almost a generation and a half above the old car; such is the level of engineering integrity in the vehicle. END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SALE! SALE WANT TO DRIVE AWAY TODAY? JUST ASK. New 2009 Impreza R AWD $25,968 Drive away Includes registration, stamp duty & dealer delivery. 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