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35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 16 - Volkswagen Polo

Updated on September 30, 2008


This is one of the cars that I'm absolutely in love with. I drove a Polo right across Southern Europe and loved every minute of it. It's an amazingly fun car that's great on fuel, handles like it's on tracks, and remarkably solid feeling. I actually saw one in Vienna whose owner had replaced the VW emblems with ones off a Mercedes Benz... and you could believe it. This baby wannabe Benz is my first choice in the mid-range price in this class. Although if we're looking at economy first and foremost, you'd be far better off with a Citroën C1, Peugeot 107, or Toyota Aygo, there's just something about the Polo which is profoundly satisfying. It's an absolutely phenomenal mini sports sedan!


The Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.2 60 E 3 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $11,570.90, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 1198 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 98 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 16.5 seconds. The performance factor of 12.2 is above average for its class. The Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.2 60 E 3 Door returns 58.9 MPG in highway driving, 37.2 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 48.7. With a fuel tank capacity of 9.9 gallons, the car can travel 583 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 703 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.2 60 E 3 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 74, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.


Volkswagen Polo Hatchback 1.2 60 E 3 Door •





Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 3

Seats • Number of • 5

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 1198 / 4

Number of Valves • 16

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 59 / 5200

Torque (lb / ft) • 80

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 3916

Overall Width (mm) • 1650

Overall Height (mm) • 1467

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 270

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 1030

Towing Capacity (kg) • 800

Curb Weight (kg) • 1014


0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 16.5

Top speed (MPH) • 98



Alloy Rims / Wheels • Option Not Available

Metallic Exterior Paint • $350.00


Central Locking System • Standard Equipment

Remote Locking System • Option Not Available

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Side Mounted Air Bag • Option Not Available

Center Mounted Three Point Seat Belt • Standard Equipment

Electronic Stability System • $445.00

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Deadlock • Option Not Available

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Alarm • Option Not Available

Secure Spare Tire • Standard Equipment

Side Impact Safety Bars • Standard Equipment

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers • Option Not Available

Adaptive Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Lane Departure Alarm • Option Not Available

Parking Sensor For Front • Option Not Available


Leather Surface Seats • Option Not Available

Climatic Control • Option Not Available

Adjustable Steering Reach • Standard Equipment

Adjustable Steering Height • Standard Equipment

Power Steering • Option Not Available

Adjustable Power Seats • Option Not Available

Air Conditioning • $880.00

Split Folding Rear Seats • Option Not Available

Power Moonroof • $495.00

Manual Moonroof • Option Not Available

Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Option Not Available


Hands Free Cell Phone • Option Not Available

Radio • Option Not Available

Radio With RDS • Option Not Available

Multi CD • Option Not Available

iPod / MP3 Connector • Option Not Available

Bluetooth Enabled • Option Not Available

DVD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

MP3 CD Player Enabled • Standard Equipment

CD With RDS • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Hard Drive • Option Not Available


City MPG • 37.2

Highway MPG • 58.9

Combined MPG • 48.7

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 9.9

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 138

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $20.00

Eco Rating • C

Insurability Grouping • 2

Estimated Average Insurance • $281.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 49.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $222.00

Maintenance Factor • 28

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $632.00

Maintenance Intervals • 12,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 3 Year / 40,000 mi


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