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Car reviews - Volkswagen - Polo - 16V 5-dr hatch

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19 Apr 2001

The Polo's new 1.4-litre engine uses twin overhead camshafts, with four valves per cylinder. It produces 55kW at 5000rpm with 126Nm of torque at 3800rpm The all-aluminium engine is around 10kg lighter than the outgoing 1.6-litre unit About 60 per cent of the updated Polo's components are new Transmission choices comprise a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic It rides on 15x6-inch alloy wheels shod with 195/45R15 tyres Body stiffness is boosted by reinforcements to the roof member and C-pillar Shutlines between the body panels and boot and doors are now smaller, improving aerodynamics Front suspension is by independent MacPherson struts The revised nose features a prominent VW badge, clear-lens headlights and reprofiled bumper The rear number plate is now housed in a deep recess in the bumper Polo's dual airbags are 60 per cent larger than those in the outgoing model Luggage capacity measures 245 litres, or 975 litres with the rear seats folded down The air-conditioning system features a dust and pollen filter Polo has been commended by Sweden's Rototest AB as Europe's cleanest vehicle Volkswagen Assist 24-hour roadside assistance is standard

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