Frankfurt Motor Show: new three-door VW Polo First details of VW's three-door Polo supermini

27 August 2009

VW Polo three-door

Like the five-door, with two less doors

Initial details of the new Volkswagen Polo three-door supermini have emerged, and it’s exactly as we expected.

Essentially identical to the latest that Which? drove for the first time earlier this year, only with larger front doors and no rear ones, the VW Polo three-door offers the same miniature looks and miniature Golf quality.

It should be pretty good to drive, too.

Four Polo trim levels

Like the five-door, the three-door Polo will be available in S, SE, Moda and SEL trim levels. Standard equipment include CD-player, electric windows, four airbags, stability control and brake assist.

SE adds air conditioning, alloy wheels and connectivity; SEL tops this with bigger alloys, trip computer, some leather trimmings and tyre pressure warning indicator. Moda is a 'youth-orientated' variation of SE, and likely to miss out on the air-con.

Five engines at launch

Engine choice is the same as the five-door Polo: 59bhp and 69bhp 1.2 petrols, 84bhp 1.4 petrol (optionally available with seven-speed DSG automatic), and 74bhp and 88bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesels.

VW Polo interior

Classy VW Polo interior

All are Euro 5 emissions compliant. An extra-frugal BlueMotion diesel version, a 103bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol, and a GTI performance model are set to join the range at a later stage.

Keen pricing

According to VW, prices for the new three-door Polo are expected to start at around £9,400 for the entry-level 1.2 S, rising to around £14,000 for the 88bhp diesel SEL.

That means it should represent reasonable value compared to class best-seller, the .

The new Volkswagen Polo three-door gets its first public airing at the in September. UK deliveries are scheduled to begin early in 2010. If you just can’t wait, the five-door Polo is available to order now.

Which? at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Don't forget to come back on 15/16 September for our coverage of the , including video, news and photos direct from the show floor. We'll bring our full first impressions of the new three-door Polo then. For official show details, visit


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