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Frugal new VW Polo models launched

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Despite fuel prices that have been consistently dropping for the last six months, fuel economy is still a key priority for many car buyers. If you’re one of them, Volkswagen’s economical new Polo ‘BlueMotion’ models could be for you. 

While the Polo BlueMotion has previously just been a diesel model, the German company has now introduced an eco-petrol version, which is still capable of nearly 70mpg in official tests. The diesel, however, returns over 90mpg in the same conditions. These latest Polo models are available to order now, ahead of the first UK deliveries in March. 

Under the bonnet of the petrol car is a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, which produces 94bhp and emits just 94g of CO2 per km – low enough for free car tax under current rules. Combined fuel economy weighs in at 68.9mpg. Despite the low fuel consumption this model can still sprint from a standstill to 62mph in a nippy 10.5 seconds and keep going all the way to 119mph, should you end up on an autobahn.

The 1.4-litre diesel unit, however, produces 74bhp and is capable of 91.1mpg fuel economy. Claimed CO2 emissions are equally impressive at 82g/km. Standard kit on both cars includes front fog lights, 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, a digital radio, a touchscreen media system and USB and auxiliary connections for smartphones and MP3 players.

Prices for the petrol car stand at £14,730 for the three-door and £15,360 for the five-door while those after a diesel will have to stump up £15,795 for a three-door and £16,425 for the five-door.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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