Volkswagen has added the sporty 1,9 TDI three-door, crammed with even more features than the 1,4 TDI flagship, to its Polo range.Volkswagen has added the sporty 1,9 TDI three-door, crammed with even more features than the 1,4 TDI flagship, to its Polo range.

The 1,9 TDI produces 74 kW at 4 000 r/min and a maximum torque output of 240 N.m. Transferred to the front wheels by a five-speed manual gearbox, VW claims the Polo goes from standstill to 100 km/h in 10,7 sec, with a top speed of 188 km/h.

It has a dual-tone hooter, a first for Polos, front-loading six-CD changer, remote central locking and alarm/immobilsor.

Safety features include: front passenger and driver airbags with pyrotechnic pretensioner safety belts. It also has ABS brakes with electronic brake distribution software as standard, assisted by disc brakes all round, ventilated at the front wheels.

There is also a low brake fluid warning indicator. The running gear features suspension struts and wishbone at the front, with toe-correcting torsion beam and trailing arm axle at the rear.

The new Polo has 16-inch Barcelona alloy wheels shod with low profile 205/45 R 16 tyres. The spare wheel is the full spec alloy.

There are height-adjustable front seats, door mounted warning lights, rake and reach adjustable steering wheel, power assisted steering and an on-board computer.

All Volkswagens come with a three-year/120 000 km warranty as standard. This Polo comes with a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and has the Volkswagen AutoMotion Plan.

Normal servicing is at 15 000 km intervals, with an oil change required every 7 500 km.