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Published on June 5th, 2012 | by Seán Ward


Polo R – More Bang for your Buck

The VW Golf R costs £31,770. The VW Scirocco £30,745. The new VW Polo R costs £15,195 – is this the bargain of the century?

It’s got new bumpers, tinted windows, plenty of ‘R’ badges and new 16-inch ‘Mallory’ alloy wheels, as well as bucket seats and a few dozen more ‘R’ badges.

All sounds promising, but you can’t help but feel a tad underwhelmed by the engine: the same 100 bhp 1.2 litre petrol engine as you find in the normal Polo. But because of changes to the car itself, 0-60 takes 9.7 seconds.

9.7 seconds isn’t too bad, but it’s quite far off the 5.8 seconds of the Golf R and the 5.2 seconds of the Scirocco R.

Putting that aside, though, it’s a special looking car with a few hidden surprises, the top speed of 118 mph and a combined fuel economy of 53 mpg being two of the best.


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