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Volkswagen Polo Match is technology-packed

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Volkswagen Polo Match gets more standard driver assist features and top-spec infotainment.

The tech-heavy Volkswagen Polo Match is priced from £13,315 and is a sixth-generation run-out model. It marks the final instalment of the current model ahead of the arrival of a completely new Polo next year.

The Ford Fiesta rival benefits from a high specification Car-Net App-Connect infotainment system as standard, which includes Mirrorlink smartphone connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. App compatibility has also been extended and now includes both Skype and Spotify. The Volkswagen Polo Match also gets VW’s Call & Remind feature, which is an app allowing the driver to create a to-do list when the car is stationary, and Cam Connect which links with a GoPro Hero4 camera to display images on the vehicle’s screen.

The standard kit list for this Volkswagen Polo also includes electric folding and heated door mirrors, a rear-view mirror with auto-dimming feature, cruise control, rear parking sensors and automatic windscreen wipers. Also standard are 15-inch alloys and the car is available as either a five- or three-door model.

More on the kit

The Volkswagen Polo Match Edition was launched in a similar fashion to its Golf counterpart revealed earlier in the year and went on sale in Britain on December 21. Its kit upgrades are its major selling factor, particularly the Car-Net App-Connect which integrates buyers’ smartphones with their Polo using a USB connection. Users with smartphones supporting Google Android Auto can also make use of Google Voice control.

On the outside, the door mirrors have integrated indicators and the auto-dimming feature on the rear-view mirror prevents the car’s driver from being dazzled by other vehicles’ lights. The Volkswagen Polo Match also gets an LED rain sensor, which is fitted to the back of the car’s rear-view mirror to allow the windscreen wipers to activate automatically.

Another feature for the Volkswagen Polo Match is Coming and Leaving Home lights. These features aim to increase safety for the car’s driver when they are getting in or out of the car. They work by keeping the car’s rear lights, dipped-beam headlights and other lights on for a while after the driver either locks or unlocks the door. They then switch off automatically.

Volkswagen Polo Match engine options

Buyers of the new Polo Match can choose between three engines. There is a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol unit, a four-cylinder turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol, and a turbocharged 1.4-litre diesel. The 1.2-litre unit can be combined with either DSG automatic or manual transmission but the others are only available with the manual gearbox.

A new Volkswagen Polo for 2017

The new Volkswagen Polo looks set to be larger yet lighter than the current model and will only be available in five-door form. Cabin space will be increased thanks to a longer wheelbase and the MQB AO chassis shared with the Skoda Fabia, the Seat Ibiza and the Audi A1. The use of just one body style will enable Volkswagen to meet the extra cost of additional in-car technology which should feature in the next Polo. This is likely to include optional extras such as the newest touchscreen infotainment, complete with Android Auto connectivity and Apple CarPlay, and driver assist features such as a reversing camera and cruise control.

The new underpinnings will also help to boost efficiency by reducing the weight of the new Polo, which will come with a choice of turbocharged small-capacity engines, including a three-cylinder naturally aspirated entry-level petrol unit offering 75bhp and turbocharged variants providing up to 115bhp. The 1.6 and 1.4-litre petrol engines found in the current model will be shelved in favour of a 1.5-litre engine offering up to 160bhp, whilst the diesel options will include four-cylinder turbocharged units delivering between 90bhp and 130bhp.

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