Barcelona is my home, I love nearly everything about this city. Its very own dialect, its Catalonian pride, its mixture of classical and modern architecture, the bars in its nightlife district, the sea front in Poblenou on a balmy evening – of which we happily have quite a few in Barcelona. But when I drive to work on a normal weekday, I can easily feel like a tourist bumbling her way through an enormous, unfamiliar labyrinth. So how might actual tourists feel when attempting to drive through Barcelona? And even more so when driving at rush hour through the inner cities of Beijing or Tokyo, New York or Cairo, Berlin or Buenos Aires?
Northern Spaniards are known for their lively driving style, especially in traffic jams. That means you've got to react very quickly, remain alert at all times and keep a constant eye on every detail of the traffic. In conditions like these, you can count yourself fortunate to be sitting in the new Polo. When traffic gets sticky, the latest driver assistance systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist are all the more helpful. And not only in Barcelona. Here are five examples of how you can always rely on the Polo.