VW Polo vs rivals - specifications

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On-the-road price/total as tested£14,795/£15,570£13,920/£15,520£13,845/£13,845£13,205/£13,270
Residual value (after 3yrs/30,000)£5,525/37.3%£5,540/39.8%£6,119/44.2%£7,144/54.1%
Annual tax liability std/higher rate£385/£769£362/£724£360/£720£343/£687
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)£1,321/£2,202£1,235/£2,058£1,269/£2,115£1,240/£2,067
Ins. grp./quote/road tax band/cost12/£399/B/£3512/£298/C/£3516/£377/C/£3510/£372/C/£35
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service£105/£155/£218£160/£190/£160£110/£208/£185£250 (3yrs incl)
Length/wheelbase3,950/2,489mm4,027/2,575mm3,895/2,490mm3,970/2,470mm
Height/width1,433/1,722mm1,493/1,707mm1,475/1,695mm1,462/1,682mm
Engine4cyl in-line/1,560cc4cyl in-line/1,461cc4cyl in-line/1,560cc4cyl in-line/1,598cc
Peak power 88/4,000 bhp/rpm85/3,750 bhp/rpm88/4,000 bhp/rpm74/4,000 bhp/rpm
Peak torque 200/1,750 Nm/rpm200/1,900 Nm/rpm215/1,750 Nm/rpm195/1,500 Nm/rpm
Transmission 5-spd man/fwd5-spd man/fwd5-spd man/fwd5-spd man/fwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel40 litres/foam55 litres/foam43 litres/sp. saver45 litres/sp. saver
Boot capacity (seats up/down) 295/979 litres288/1,028 litres250/787 litres280/952 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight1,014/536/750kg1,175/405/1,200kg1,105/435/800kg1,182/543/1,000kg
Turning circle/drag coefficient10.2 metres/0.33Cd11.3 metres/N/A10.4 metres/0.31Cd10.6 metres/N/A
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery3yrs (60k)/1yr RAC3yrs (60k)/2yrs AA3yrs (60k)/3yrs RAC3yrs (60k)/1yr VW
Service intervals/UK dealers12,500 miles/78112,000 miles/33012,500 miles/159Variable miles/223
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos.21st (09)/26th (08)34th (09)/30th (08)10th (09)/11th (08)16th (09)/23rd (08)
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./points5/4/3/925/4/1/815/4/2/8990/86/41/5+
0-60/30-70mph12.0/8.1 secs12.7/8.7 secs11.4/7.6 secs14.3/10.2 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th 4.9/6.3 secs5.1/7.0 secs5.0/6.4 secs6.2/9.7 secs
50-70mph in 5th 9.3 secs10.8 secs10.3 secs13.9 secs
Top speed/rpm at 70mph 109mph/2,600rpm108mph/2,500rpm108mph/2,500rpm106mph/2,000rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 59.1/42.6/10.0m* 9.1/36.2/49.8m9.0/38.3/50.7m*54.8/37.9/9.0m
Noise levels outside/idle/30/70mph61/45/61/71dB62/46/62/71dB68/47/62/71dB71/46/61/69dB
Auto Express economy/range41.5mpg/365 miles44.4mpg/537 miles43.2mpg/409 miles44.2mpg/438 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 54.3/78.5/67.2mpg65.7/72.4/54.3mpg55.4/76.3/67.3mpg54.3/76.3/65.7mpg
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket182/110g/km/13%170/115g/km/13%175/112g/km/13%171/112g/km/13%
Airbags/Isofix/parking sensorsFive/yes/£200Six/yes/£300Six/yes/DF0Four/yes/£280^^
Air-conditioning/metallic paintYes/£425Yes/£395Yes/£385Yes/£385
Auto box/stability/cruise controlNo/£300/noNo/£300/£250No/yes/yesNo/yes/£280^^
Aux in/Bluetooth connectivityYes/£150£275**/£275**Yes/DFOYes/no
Power-fold mirrors/height-adj. seat£350^/yesNo/yesYes/yesNo/yes
Sat-nav/reach/rake steeringNo/yes/yes£450/£385/yesDFO/yes/yes£795/yes/yes

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