Goes to prove people like Polo
The Volkswagen Polo BlueGT is one of those rare cars that shows you can have your cake and eat it. With 140PS under the hood, 60mph appearing in 7.6 seconds and up to 62.8mpg available on the combined fuel economy cycle, it's a very clever piece of engineering indeed.
Key to the appeal of the Polo BlueGT is a little understanding of how its clever turbocharged 1.4-litre engine works. Under light and medium loads, the second and third cylinders are automatically shut down to reduce fuel consumption.
Flat out, the Polo BlueGT will accelerate to 60mph in just 7.6 seconds and run on to a top speed of 130mph.
The Polo BlueGT is easily identified by dint of its multi-spoke 17-inch alloys and GT badges front and rear. The suspension is lowered by around 15mm. Added to this are some features borrowed from the Polo GTI (the rear spoiler, rear bumper with diffuser, plus front bumper with LED daytime running lights) and some features borrowed from the Polo BlueMotion (side sills and front windscreen rain channels). A black-painted front grille and black door mirror caps complete the look.
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There's plenty of space inside, with more leg and headroom than you might expect as well as decent space in the rear to stow your luggage. More specifically, there's a 280-litre boot, which increases to 952-litres when the rear seats are folded down. Volkswagen has worked on its usual low key but high quality cabin environment for this car.
The Polo BlueGT is a very interesting car. It's also a bit of a game changer in its own quiet way.
Perhaps efficiency isn't as sexy as a headline performance figure but right now, it's efficiency measures that are selling cars and if you can get a bit of sneaky power thrown in, then that has to be an appealing package for customers.
That value proposition is perhaps a little tempered by fairly high pricing, but the overall cost of ownership figure is going to be extremely good for the BlueGT when its beefy residual values are taken into account alongside the 60mpg fuel economy and low emissions.
Look beyond all that and you have very solid fundamentals.
It's easy to lose sight of the fact that the once stolid Polo is now a really sharp steer.
Is this the car that does it all? It just might be.