It's been around forever… well over 40 years, and the global VW sausage machine has pumped out more than 14 million of them over five generations.

The car in question is the Polo, the German automotive giant's compact hatch that sits beneath the Golf. Cute, capable, and compact, right?

Well, this all-new sixth generation version is here to blow any size preconceptions away. It's significantly longer and wider, yet ever-so-slightly shorter than the model it replaces.

Volkswagen positions its new baby as one of the world's most advanced compact cars, and after an initial drive in VW's own backyard, prior to the car's local launch early next year, it's hard to argue the point.