Volkswagen has been perfecting the Polo for four decades. To date, more than 15 million models have been sold over five generations. We take a look over its pedigree.
The Polo I (T86)was originally the economy version of the Audi 50. In total, 1.1 million models have been sold. The three-door’s most striking feature is the fastback.
1981: Polo II
The Polo II (T86C und T86C 2F) models were manufactured in Germany and Spain – as a three-door hatchback, notchback, and fastback (Derby, Coupé). Characteristic of this model are the front triangular windows.
1990: Model 2F
The Polo II (T86C) was followed by the T86C 2F model. The facelift was produced in Germany and Spain. Typical of this model are the large plastic bumpers and headlights. Only the version with a regulated catalytic converter was sold in the German market.
1994: Polo III
The five-door Polo III (T6N und T6N2) sold 3.5 million models. Volkswagen scored a direct hit with the Harlequin (photo): the doors, wings, bumpers, and hood were all painted in different colours.
1999: Model 2
The T6N2 model is the successor to the Polo III (T6N). The facelifted GTI (see photo) featured the first fully galvanised bodywork. It had clear glass headlights and all in all won customers over with more active safety features.
2001: Polo IV
The Polo IV (T9N and T9N3) sold 5.1 million models. Special characteristic: the round headlights. The crossover model had a raised chassis and scored points with its impressive features.
2005: Modell 3
The Polo IV (T9N) was followed by the T9N3 model. The Polo by now appeared more grown-up due to new headlights and tail lights as well as the V-shaped radiator grille.
2009: Polo V
The Polo V (T6R and T6C) sold 2.4 million models. It looked more grown-up and had more lifestyle appeal. The luggage compartment holds an impressive 280 to 952 litres.
2014: The new Polo
The Polo VI (T6C) features small modifications to the front and rear spoilers as well as the tail lights. The 1.4-litre, 3-cylinder diesel engine is new. The revised GTI with 141 kW came out in October.
Polo Range: Fuel consumption in mpg: 47.1 to 83.1(combined), CO₂ emissions in g/km: 88 to 139 (combined), efficiency classes: C to A+