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VW Polo Bluemotion Test Drive Review

Date: 07 September 2015

Volkswagen's Bluemotion range of low-emission models has for the first time extended to a petrol variant with the introduction of the 95hp 1.0-litre Polo, which gets a number of unique features including alloys, bumpers and grille bespoke to the Bluemotion model.

Because of petrol's dominance in the supermini segment, VW isn't offering a diesel Bluemotion Polo.

Why is it interesting?

The car gets into the lowest conventional BIK band at 94g/km, which means a £33 per month bill for lower-rate tax payers.

How are the running costs?

A residual value of 32.1% is better than Ford or Peugeot rivals, but both are within a couple of percentage points. The VW is also more efficient than either, and that means a cost per mile advantage for the Polo.

Any other business?

The Bluemotion is pretty well equipped, with Bluetooth, air-conditioning, cruise control, USB connectivity and digital radio, making it easy to live with day-to-day. The little three-cylinder petrol engine offers enough power to make the Polo fine for longer journeys.


Not cheap to buy, but running costs and drive work in its favour