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Volkswagen Polo 2021

The 2021 Volkswagen Polo range of configurations is currently priced from $19,290.

The Volkswagen Polo Hatchback competes with similar models like the Toyota Corolla, Kia Cerato and Hyundai i30 in the Under $25k category category.

The 2021 Volkswagen Polo carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1200 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Volkswagen Polo 2021 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Volkswagen Polo here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What car should I buy to replace my 2006 Toyota Corolla?

    There are still plenty of great small cars around within your budget, Agnes, and they all have good safety packages (or we wouldn’t recommend them). Look at offerings such as the Suzuki Swift Navigator (with the optional autonomous emergency braking) for around $17,000 (plus on-road costs) or the Kia Rio S at around $19,000 or Kia Picanto S (one size smaller than the Rio) at closer to $16,000. Both the Kias also feature the brand’s excellent seven-year warranty, capped-price servicing and free roadside assistance which is great peace of mind.

    The Volkswagen Polo is a classy drive but a little more expensive at closer to $21,000 for the 85TSi Comfortline. Actually, to be honest, you’ve missed the boat on bargain small cars by a couple of years. Firm favourites such as the Toyota Yaris and Mazda 2 have both been updated relatively recently and have recorded big price jumps in the process. The cheapest Yaris with an automatic transmission is now around $23,000 (it was less than $17,000 back in 2018) while the Mazda 2 Maxx went from being a sub-$17,000 proposition in 2018 to a $23,000 car by the time you add an automatic transmission in 2020.

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  • What can I do about the faulty AEB on my 2018 Volkswagen Polo?

    You’re on the right track here and it does appear that your car suddenly thinks it’s about to crash and triggers the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system to avoid the phantom prang. And it does that by automatically slamming on the brakes. Again, you’re right when you suggest that if other cars had been around at the time, the car’s attempts to avoid a crash may, indeed, have caused one.

    I have a couple of questions for you: Does this problem occur when you’re driving with the active cruise-control engaged? And, does it happen when driving on a downhill section of road that then begins to level out? If the answers bare yes, then you’re not alone, because those are the precise circumstances reported by more than a dozen 2018 Polo owners in the US. The theory is that the levelling terrain is detected by the car’s sensors, causing it to confuse the undulating road with a potential collision threat. Calibration and set-up is critical in these sophisticated modern AEB systems, and something is not right with your car. I doubt that rebooting the system (as the dealer has suggested) will make much difference if the sensors are angled or calibrated incorrectly.

    Honda has experienced similar problems with its 2014 and 2015 CR-V model which also had the potential to confuse inanimate roadside objects (like wheelie-bins) with potential crash obstacles, and produced a similar response from the car. Honda has actually recalled those CR-Vs in Australia to deal with this, but Volkswagen Australia does not appear to have followed suit, telling me that it hasn’t seen any cases of this yet (at head office level).

    Honestly, I don’t blame you for refusing to take the car back. I wouldn’t want to be driving around in a car that could suddenly, and without any warning or legitimate reason, apply its own brakes as if there was an emergency. I’d be short-cutting the dealer and going straight to VW Australia’s customer service division and spelling it out.

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  • How is oil mixing with coolant in my 2015 Volkswagen Polo?

    Despite your extensive efforts to fix this problem, it appears you still have a situation where the coolant and oil are mixing. No oil should be able to mix with the coolant (or vice-versa) and if it is (which is why you’re seeing oil in the coolant tank) then you have a fairly major problem somewhere in the engine. Check the dipstick. Is the oil in the sump milky and opaque? I’m guessing it probably is, and that’s another giveaway that your engine has a major problem.

    Perhaps the cylinder head itself is cracked. Maybe the engine has a split bore. Perhaps the light skimming the head received was not enough and it’s still warped. Either way, the oil and coolant are mixing and that’s bad. The fact that the oil and coolant in the bottle are being forced out of that tank suggests combustion pressure is also playing a part, once again signalling a leak between the oil, coolant and combustion areas of the engine.

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  • My new used 2010 Volkswagen Polo already has problems, what should I do?

    Oil leaks are a pretty common complaint in a second-hand car, but if the car as sold to you with a roadworthy certificate (which it almost certainly should have been) then there’s no excuse for those to reappear within two weeks of you taking ownership. I’m always suspicious of a second-hand car with a sparkling clean engine bay, as it usually means it’s been cleaned up to hide leaks, just as you’re now discovering.

    Given that you bought the car from a VW dealership, I’d be having a chat with VW Australia’s customer service and complaints people as there might be something they can do to help in getting the situation sorted out to our satisfaction. On top of that, the dealer who sold you the car has an obligation under the terms of the second-hand car warranty. In WA, that means any second-hand car less than 12 years old (which a 2010 model is) and with fewer than 150,000km travelled, has to carry a one-month warranty on faults like the ones you’ve described. Since these problems were spotted at the two-week mark and pointed out to the dealership at that point, you should be covered.

    The bigger issue from your point of view, of course, is that you were told the car had never been crashed when, in fact, it appears that’s not the case. That would seem like a fairly straightforward case of misrepresentation to me, and I’d be having the car professionally inspected (try your local State motoring club) and getting in writing the fact that it’s been crashed and repaired. From there, I reckon you’d have a decent chance of getting your money back and returning the car.

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Volkswagen Polo 2021 Price and Specs

The Volkswagen Polo 2021 is currently available from $19,290 for the Polo 70TSI Trendline up to $32,890 for the Polo GTI.

Pricing guides

$26,090
Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)
Lowest Price
$19,290
Highest Price
$32,890
Volkswagen Polo Model Body Type Specs Price
70TSI Trendline Hatchback 1.0L PULP 7 SP $21,790
70TSI Trendline Hatchback 1.0L PULP 5 SP MAN $19,290
85TSI Comfortline Hatchback 1.0L PULP 7 SP $23,390
85TSI Comfortline Hatchback 1.0L PULP 6 SP MAN $20,890
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Volkswagen Polo 2021 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2021 Volkswagen Polo are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1751mm x 1446mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Volkswagen Polo 2021 Dimensions  include 1446mm height, 1751mm width, 4053mm length.
Volkswagen Polo Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
70TSI Trendline Hatchback 1446x1751x4053 mm 147 mm
85TSI Comfortline Hatchback 1446x1751x4053 mm 147 mm
85TSI Style Hatchback 1446x1751x4053 mm 147 mm
GTI Hatchback 1438x1751x4067 mm 143 mm
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Volkswagen Polo 2021 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2021 Volkswagen Polo will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted.

Volkswagen Polo Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
70TSI Trendline Hatchback 185x65 R15 185x65 R15
85TSI Comfortline Hatchback 185x65 R15 185x65 R15
85TSI Style Hatchback 195x55 R16 195x55 R16
GTI Hatchback 215x45 R17 215x45 R17
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Volkswagen Polo 2021 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2021 Volkswagen Polo is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Volkswagen Polo currently offers fuel consumption from 5 to 6.1L/100km. The Volkswagen Polo is available with the following fuel type: PULP.

Volkswagen Polo Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
70TSI Trendline Hatchback 1.0L,PULP,7 SP 5L/100km
70TSI Trendline Hatchback 1.0L,PULP,5 SP MAN 5.6L/100km
85TSI Comfortline Hatchback 1.0L,PULP,7 SP 5L/100km
85TSI Comfortline Hatchback 1.0L,PULP,6 SP MAN 5.1L/100km
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Volkswagen Polo 2021 Towing capacity

The Volkswagen Polo’s towing capacity ranges from 1000kg to 1200kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Volkswagen Polo Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
70TSI Trendline Hatchback 1.0L,PULP,5 SP MAN 1000kg
85TSI Comfortline Hatchback 1.0L,PULP,6 SP MAN 1100kg
70TSI Trendline Hatchback 1.0L,PULP,7 SP 1000kg
85TSI Comfortline Hatchback 1.0L,PULP,7 SP 1100kg
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