A new and bigger VW Polo arrives here next month, with prices starting at €16,975 for the entry-level 1.0 litre petrol version and the main emphasis is on petrol engines too.

The new Polo is a bigger car than the on it replaces. In fact, it's more the size a Golf was only a few years ago and its new profile is likely to be quite a selling point. Small does'nt mean tiny any more and the Polo will represent stiff competition for other manufacturers of small cars. It will only come as a five-door 'though - a compromise because of the bigger size. 

Price too will be a competitive advantage for a car this size. The entry level is a sensible 1.0 litre petrol with 65 horse power and comes in at €16,795. In fact, only two of the seven versions of the car have diesel engines.

The new Polo is is 81mm longer, has a 92mm longer wheelbase and has 71 litres more luggage capacity than before. It's now a very impressive 351 litres. 

The Polo interior with optional digital displays.

VW says the the Polo is "the first car in its class to be offered with the optional Active Info Display. This replaces the traditional analogue speedometer and driver cluster with a hi-res 10.25-inch digital display. There are infotainment systems of up to 8-inches in size available and digital interfaces for smartphones allowing users greater access to their apps and various online services on board".

The car goes on sale in Trendline and Comfortline specification, but there will also be a top-of-the-range GTI version, which will come in early 2018.

The engine range offered consists of the 1.0-litre 65hp petrol, 1.0-litre 75hp petrol, 1.0-litre TSI 95 bhp petrol and two diesels, a 1.6-litre TDI 80 bhp and a 1.6-litre TDI 95hp. The GTI features a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine putting out 200hp.

The Trendline model is available with the choice of 1.0-litre 65hp, 1.0-litre 75hp and 1.6-litre 80hp TDI diesel. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth connectivity, 6.5-inch "Composition Colour" radio system with four speakers, a multi-function display and Forward collision warning "Front Assist" with autonomous emergency braking.

The Polo Comfortline comes with a choice of 1.0-litre 65hp petrol, 1.0-litre 75hp petrol, 1.0-litre TSI 95hp petrol (7-speed automatic only) and two 1.6-litre TDI diesel engines, with either 80- or 95hp. The Comfortline specification starts from €18,695 and in addition to the Trendline specification, adds items such as a multi-function steering wheel, 15" alloy wheels, cruise control, 8-inch "Composition Media" radio system with six speakers, App Connect, 2 USB interfaces and Air Conditioning. The Comfortline model is available with 1.9% APR PCP Finance with monthly payments from €199.

Polo pricing.