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As you’d expect from a facelift, the revised exterior design is pretty restrained, with minor tweaks to the front and rear lights. You’ll also find new wheel designs plus the option of bi-xenon headlamps and LED running lights on higher spec cars.
Climb inside, and you’ll see more significant changes, the most significant being the addition of VW’s latest touchscreen infotainment system, as seen in the Golf.
This incorporates a motion sensor the bring buttons up when you move your finger close to the screen, and means the display looks clean. As before, the Polo has an air of quality that no rival can match; the doors close with a satisfying thud, the quality of the switchgear can’t be faulted.
The latest Polo has built a reputation for grown up driving dynamics and Volkswagen has managed to improve its refinement and comfort even further. The five speed gearbox has a precise action and is great to use, while you can easily cruise at 30mph in fifth, which boosts refinement, as well as economy.
Safety is a real highlight, with the Volkswagen coming with six air bags, electronic stability control, and an electronic diff lock, traction control, brake assist and post collision brake application.
The Polo has a 280-litre boot, and the boot lip is low so you don’t have to lift items high to get them in. The boot floor lifts open to give access to the spare wheel. The back seats fold in a 60:40 split and are easy to collapse. The Polo also comes with deep cup holders and a handy tray in front of the USB and 12v sockets on the centre console to keep you MP3 player in.