The tradition of economy: fuel consumption for the Polo
Since the launch of the first Polo back in 1975, its successors in all generations have had one thing in common: very moderate fuel consumption. Once this was achieved by small size of the car and the corresponding engines (up to 1990, the Polo lineup included a version with a 0.9-liter engine and 40 hp).
The modern Polo has grown noticeably in size compared to its firstborns and moderation of consumption has to be ensured by a complex of measures. Among the main ones:
- improvement of the engine itself;
- reduction of the car’s own weight;
- reduction of the aerodynamic drag coefficient.
And the Volkswagen designers have achieved noticeable success on this way. The gasoline consumption of the new generation is unlikely to ruin the owner.
The answer to the question “what consumption” in a particular case depends on the variant of the power unit, which the car is equipped with. For the Russian buyer three versions of engines are available:
- MPI 1,6 liters and capacity of 90 hp;
- MPI 1.6 liters and 110 hp;
- TSI 1.4 liters and 125 hp,
and 3 types of transmissions:
- 5-speed manual transmission (for 90 and 110 hp motors);
- 6-speed robotized transmission (for 110 hp engine);
- 7-speed robotized transmission (for 125 hp engine).
In different variants of the engine and gearbox combinations the gasoline consumption will differ at least a little, but.
|Powertrain||Gasoline consumption in the city, l/100 km||Gasoline consumption on a freeway, l/100 km||Gasoline consumption in the combined cycle, l/100 km|
|MPI 1,6 l (90 hp) + MPI 5||8,4||5,2||6,4|
|MPI 1,6 l (110 hp) + MKPP 5||8,4||5,2||6,4|
|MPI 1,6 l (110 hp) + RC gearbox 6||8,7||5,4||6,6|
|TSI 1,4 l (125 hp) + RC gearbox 7||7,7||4,9||6,0|
Of course, the figures above are the so-called “control” flow rate, the readings are taken under strictly defined, almost laboratory conditions, as far as this term is applicable to the driving range, and are more an indicator of the technical perfection of the engine and the car as a whole.
In the case of reproduction of test conditions for “civil” cars, the difference in control and actual consumption may characterize the technical condition of that particular car.
The real consumption, especially in the city, is always somewhat higher than the figures declared by the manufacturer. There are a lot of reasons for that:
- driving conditions are far from the polygon conditions;
- Different qualifications and driving style of the drivers;
- deterioration of the technical condition of the car in operation (normal wear and tear).
According to reviews of owners, the actual consumption is rather close to the declared: 5-6 on a freeway, 6-9 in a city, not taking into account idling in traffic jams.
Efficiency of transmission
It is interesting that Volkswagen gradually but steadily refuses hydrodynamic transmissions as automatic transmissions, replacing them with robotized mechanics. And for WAG’s products the automatic transmission, as the accustomed synonym of hydro automatic is already inapplicable.
The reason is simple, the hydraulic losses are even theoretically higher than mechanical ones and will never allow raising the efficiency of a hydraulic transmission to the level of a mechanical one. And low efficiency is, among other things, and increased fuel consumption.
In terms of efficiency, the variant close to the ideal one is a manual transmission, but it demands a certain qualification of the driver, and in the dense city stream it is rather tiresome to switch gears all the time.
The idea of the robotized box was to leave the mechanics with high efficiency, but to entrust gear shifting to electronics, relieving the driver of the hard work. In the process of implementing the idea, there were certain difficulties, overcoming which made the originally simple unit more complicated and expensive.
However, the Germans decided that the economy is worth it and they continue the policy of replacing hydraulics with robots as automatic transmissions, which was the example of the new Polo.
Diesels for Polo
Russians did not get diesel engines, as well as in the previous generation of Polo. One can only envy the European “Polo”: the consumption of diesel in these versions is declared in the range 3.0 – 3.5 liters of diesel fuel per 100 kilometers.
About the reasons of such policy WAG concern has not declared officially, to be more exact, assurances about preparation of the new global family of diesels do not explain different approaches in Europe and third world countries.
Results and conclusions
It is possible to find a lot of faults in Volkswagen Polo if you want, but hardly anyone can reproach it for voracity. In normal conditions of exploitation the appetite of the car is one of the most moderate in its class and for sure it will not ruin its owner at filling stations.
From disadvantages it is possible to note that there is no diesel version for buyers in Russia.
Volkswagen Polo Liftback
Volkswagen Polo Liftback mileage specifications, reliability, service life, reviews, problems and fuel consumption.
Volkswagen Polo Liftback 1st generation in the CK body has been produced by the concern since 2020 and is offered exclusively in the countries of the Customs Union, and this model is collected in Kaluga. In our market, the second-generation Skoda Rapid, which is similar in technical terms, is sold.
The Polo family also includes: 6C (2010 – 2020).
Volkswagen Polo Liftback modifications
This model in a single liftback body is sold only in our market since May 2020.
The choice was offered with two gasoline powertrains in combination with manual and automatic:
|1.4L CZCA 125 hp. 200 Nm and DQ200 7-rhp|
|1.6 liter CWVB 90 hp. 155 Nm and MQ200 5-engine gearbox|
|1.6L CWVA 110hp. 155 Nm and MQ200 5-speed transmission|
|1.6L CWVA 110 hp. 155 Nm and AQ160 6-speed transmission|
Lots of useful information for Polo liftback collected at VW-Clubs.ru
Detailed video guide for Volkswagen Polo Liftback
Specifications Polo Liftback 1.6 liter 5 mksp
|Engine power||110 hp.|
|Acceleration to 100 km/h||10.7 с|
|Max. speed||195 km/h|
|City Consumption||8.4 л|
|Consumption on the track||5.2 л|
|Mixed consumption||6.4 л|
|Gas tank volume||55 л|
|Curb weight||1195 kg|
|Gross weight||1650 kg|
|Cargo area||530 (1460) л|
|overall length||4,469 mm|
|Front wheel track||1460 mm|
|Rear wheel span||1,500 mm|
|Ground clearance||170 mm|
Advantages, disadvantages and problems of Volkswagen Polo Liftback
Paint coating is weak here, but the galvanized body does not rust quickly
Scolded mainly short-lived chrome coating, and also too soft glass
The interior is pleasant to look at, well put together and the materials are decent for its class.
The only complaint is about a small amount of storage compartments and noise isolation…
There are few problems with electrics, except that the radio intermittently malfunctions
The 1.6-liter CWVA is already time-tested and quite reliable.
Most complaints are related to oil consumption and its frequent leakage at seals.
1.4-liter turbo engine CZCA updated version does not give much trouble
Among its disadvantages are jammed turbine actuator and short-lived water pump.
The 5-speed mechanics MQ200 works accurately, but it does not have high service life
With active service, the bearings and synchronizers give up already at 120 000 km
The 6-speed automatic AQ160 by Aisin is known from the best side.
However, it needs regular lubrication, preferably every 60,000 km
7-speed DQ200 robot here is a new version and no longer bothers as often as before
Clutch and mechatronic life is greatly improved, but it is far from the reliability of an axle
The suspension is a little stiff, but the car steers great and reliability is excellent
Up to 100,000 km often only the stabilizer bars and some silent blocks are replaced
No complaints to the braking system or steering of the liftback
The price of Volkswagen Polo Liftback 1 (CK) in the secondary market
More than a thousand cars worth a million rubles and more are already on sale at our secondary market.
|Year of manufacture:||2020|
|Mileage:||110 000 km|
|Engine:||1.6 liter / 90 hp / Gasoline|
|Condition:||Needs no repairs.|
* Price for this car is given for reference
Review of Polo Liftback with mileage from the magazine Za Rulem
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