Volkswagen Polo Mk5

The Volkswagen Polo Mk5 is the fifth generation of the Volkswagen Polo supermini-class car, launched by Volkswagen in March 2009.

Volkswagen Polo Mk5 (6R/6C/61)
2011 Volkswagen Polo S 60 1.2 Front.jpg
Also calledVolkswagen Vento (LWB sedan)
Volkswagen Ameo (SWB sedan)
Volkswagen Polo Vivo (South Africa, 2018–present)
2009–present (India)
2010–present (Russia)
2018–present (Polo Vivo, South Africa)
AssemblySpain: Pamplona
India: Chakan (Škoda VW India)[1]
South Africa: Uitenhage[2]
Russia: Kaluga[3]
China: Anting (SAIC-VW)
Malaysia: Pekan (DRB-HICOM)
DesignerWalter de Silva
Body and chassis
Body style3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
4-door sedan
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformPre-facelift: Volkswagen Group PQ25
Facelift: Volkswagen Group PQ26
RelatedAudi A1
SEAT Ibiza Mk4
Engine1.0 L I3 (petrol)
1.2 L I3 (petrol)
1.2 L I4 turbo (petrol)
1.4 L I4 (petrol)
1.4 L I4 turbo (petrol)
1.2 L I3 (diesel)
1.4 L l3 (diesel)
1.5 L I4 (diesel)
1.6 L I4 (diesel)
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic (Tiptronic)
7-speed automatic (DSG)
Wheelbase2,470 mm (97 in) (hatchback and Ameo)
2,552 mm (100.5 in) (sedan)
Length3,952 mm (155.6 in) (hatchback)
Width1,682 mm (66.2 in)
Height1,454 mm (57.2 in)
PredecessorVolkswagen Polo Mk4
SuccessorVolkswagen Polo Mk6
Volkswagen Polo sedan (NH3) (Russia)
Volkswagen Virtus (Sedan)

The Mark 5 Polo, internally designated Typ 6R, is based on Volkswagen's PQ25 platform, shared with the 2008 SEAT Ibiza and the Audi A1. Its styling, by a team led by Walter de Silva, follows the direction of the previous 2008 Volkswagen Scirocco and Golf VI. Slightly larger than the previous generation Polo, the Mark 5 is however, 7.5% lighter. The car was unveiled in the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.[4]

Production for the United Kingdom market started in August 2009, with first deliveries beginning in October 2009.[5] Official images released show the new Polo follows styling cues from the Golf VI.[6] The Polo Mark V is 44 mm longer and 32 mm wider and sits 13 mm lower to the road than the previous generation Polo. Boot capacity is increased by 10 litres to 280 litres of storage space with 952 litres with the seats folded down. The car is 7.5% lighter than its predecessor. The Polo has thorax airbags and has been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP crash impact rating.[7]

The Volkswagen Polo won the 2010 European Car of the Year, defeating the Toyota iQ and Opel/Vauxhall Astra. In 2018, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo (Polo Mk4) (South Africa) was replaced by the Polo Mk5 and is also called the Polo Vivo.


3-door hatchback (pre-facelift)
5-door hatchback (pre-facelift)
Volkswagen Polo Comfortline 81TSi (Australia; 2014 facelift)


The European version, with exceptions for the French and Turkish market, includes a standard ESP electronic stabilization program with Hill Hold Control, head-thorax airbags (integrated in the front seatbacks), belt tensioners and belt force limiters plus seatbelt warning indicator and head restraints, three rear head restraints and Isofix child seat preparation.

In France, ESP and Hill Hold Control are standard equipment only on the models with engines no less than 85 hp (63 kW).

In Turkey, ESP and Hill Hold Control are optional equipment on all models except GTI and BlueMotion.

Trim levelsEdit

Volkswagen Polo GTI (Germany)
Volkswagen Polo GTI facelift (United Kingdom)
Volkswagen CrossPolo

In its native Germany and South Africa as well as some European markets except France, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trim levels are being offered in all versions.

In France, Italy and even Romania, only Comfortline and Highline trim levels are being offered in all versions. In Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as in Slovenia, trim level situation is not stable, these are Trendline, Comfortline (available up to 2012), Highline and special trim levels including Rabbit (2012-2013), Fresh (2014) and Lounge (2015).


Petrol engines
Model Engine Power at rpm Torque at rpm 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration Top speed Transmission CO2
1.0 999 cc (61.0 cu in) I3 60 PS (44 kW; 59 hp) at 5,000 95 N⋅m (70 lb⋅ft) at 3,000 15.5s 161 km/h (100 mph) 5-spd manual 106 g/km
75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at 6,200 14.3s 174 km/h (108 mph) 5-spd manual 108 g/km
1.2 1,198 cc (73.1 cu in) I3 60 PS (44 kW; 59 hp) at 5,200 108 N⋅m (80 lb⋅ft) at 3,000 16.1s 157 km/h (98 mph) 5-spd manual 128 g/km
70 PS (51 kW; 69 hp) at 5,400 112 N⋅m (83 lb⋅ft) at 3,000 14.1s 165 km/h (103 mph) 5-spd manual 128 g/km
1.4 1,390 cc (85 cu in) I4 85 PS (63 kW; 84 hp) at 5,000 132 N⋅m (97 lb⋅ft) at 3,800 11.9s 177 km/h (110 mph) 5-spd manual,
7-spd DSG (optional)
139 g/km
135 g/km
1.2 TSI 1,197 cc (73.0 cu in) turbo I4 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 5,000 175 N⋅m (129 lb⋅ft) at 1,550-4,100 9.7s 190 km/h (118 mph) 6-spd manual,
7-spd DSG (optional)
124 g/km
124 g/km
90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 4,500 160 N⋅m (118 lb⋅ft) at 1,500-3,500 10.9s 182 km/h (113 mph) 5-spd manual,
7-spd DSG (optional)
119 g/km
124 g/km
BlueGT 1,395 cc (85.1 cu in) turbo I4 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 4,500-6,000 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1,500-3,500 7.9s 210 km/h (130 mph) 6-spd manual,
7-spd DSG (optional)
107 g/km
105 g/km
GTI 1,390 cc (85 cu in) twincharger I4 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) at 6,200 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 2,000-4,500 6.9s 229 km/h (142 mph) 7-spd DSG 139 g/km
1.6 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 5,250 153 N⋅m (113 lb⋅ft) at 3,750 11.1s 184 km/h (114 mph) 5-spd manual 157 g/km
GTI 2015-17 1,798 cc (109.7 cu in) turbo I4 192 PS (141 kW; 189 hp) at 4,300-6,200 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 1,450-4,200 (manual),

250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1,250-5,300 (DSG)

6.7s 235 km/h (146 mph) 6-spd manual,

7-spd DSG (optional)

129 g/km
R WRC 1,984 cc (121.1 cu in) turbo I4 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) at 4,500-6,300 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 2,500-4,400 6.4s 243 km/h (151 mph) 6-spd manual 174 g/km

In addition to the engine options above, BlueMotion Technology versions of the 1.2 TSI are available on some markets. The reduces CO2 emission to 113 g/km for the 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) with manual transmission and 115 g/km for the 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) in manual and DSG variants.
At the end of 2012, the BlueGT variant has been officially introduced.[8] The Polo BlueGT features improved aerodynamics and a 1.4 turbocharged TSI engine from the new EA211 generation. This new engine features ACT (Active Cylinder Technology), a cylinder deactivation management which deactivates two cylinders at torque outputs from 24 to 100 N·m, allowing the Polo BlueGT with a 6-speed manual transmission to emit only 107 g/km.[9]

In 2013, Volkswagen entered the World Rally Championship with a new Polo-based rally car. To meet the homologation requirements, 2500 Polo R WRCs were produced between September 2013 and March 2014.

Diesel engines
Model Engine Power at rpm Torque at rpm 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration Top speed Transmission CO2
1.2 TDI BlueMotion 1,199 cc (73.2 cu in) turbo I3 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at 4,200 180 N⋅m (133 lb⋅ft) at 2,000 13.9s 173 km/h (107 mph) 5-spd manual 87 g/km
1.2 TDI 1,199 cc (73.2 cu in) turbo I3 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at 4,200 180 N⋅m (133 lb⋅ft) at 2,000 13.9s 170 km/h (106 mph) 5-spd manual 99 g/km
1.4 TDI BlueMotion[10] 1,422 cc (86.8 cu in) turbo I3 CUSA,CYZB 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at – – at – –s 5-spd manual 82 g/km
1.4 TDI[11] 1,422 cc (86.8 cu in) turbo I3 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 3,500 230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft) at 1,500 10.9s 184 km/h (114 mph) 5-spd manual 88 g/km
1.5 TDI 1498cc (91.4 cu in) turbo I4 90PS (66kW;89 hp) at 4,200 230 N.m (170 lb.ft) at 1,500-2,500 - - 5-spd manual -
1.5 TDI 1489cc (91.4 cu in) turbo I4 110PS ( 81kW; 108 hp) at 4,000


250 N.m ( 184 lb.ft) at 1,500-3,000 - - 5-spd manual -
1.6 TDI 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) turbo I4 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at 4,000 195 N⋅m (144 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–2,500 13.9s 170 km/h (106 mph) 5-spd manual 109 g/km
1.6 TDI 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) turbo I4 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 4,200 230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–2,500 11.5s 180 km/h (112 mph) 5-spd manual,
7-spd DSG (optional)
109 g/km
112 g/km
1.6 TDI 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) turbo I4 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 4,400 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–2,500 10.4s 189 km/h (117 mph) 5-spd manual 109 g/km
1.6 TDI BlueMotion 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) turbo I4 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 4,200 230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–2,500 11.5s 180 km/h (112 mph) 5-spd manual 96 g/km

Anecdotal reports have appeared of problems with the 66 kW diesel engine, including poor fuel consumption and surging.[12] VW has already made one modification to the particle filter ECU mapping.[citation needed]


  • EuroNCAP: 5 stars[13]

Cross PoloEdit

Volkswagen CrossPolo
Volkswagen CrossPolo

In June 2010, Volkswagen presented the 2011 edition of the CrossPolo, the fourth member of the small car's family. The 2011 edition is available in petrol and three diesel engines, all Euro 5 compliant.[14]

Polo R WRCEdit

Volkswagen Polo R WRC in 2014 Rally Sweden

In 2013, Volkswagen entered the World Rally Championship with a new rally car based on Polo. For homologation purposes, 2,500 Polo R WRC street cars were produced between September 2013 and March 2014. The street version features a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine producing 220 PS, and is mated exclusively to 6-speed manual gearbox.

Facelift (Typ 6C; 2014–2017)Edit

2014 facelift
2014 facelift

The Polo 6R was facelifted in 2014[15] and is now known as the Polo 6C. With this came subtle exterior styling such as redesigned bumpers. The interior was re-vamped which now includes a touch screen as standard and a new steering wheel. The facelift Polo adds technology such as Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard across all model lines. It also has CarPlay and Android Auto support since June 2015.

A new 1.4-litre three cylinder diesel engine replaced the 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre diesel units, plus 1.4 TSI 132 kW of GTI was replaced by an Audi developed 1.8 TSI, produces 141 kW Since 2018 the company replaced the 1.2 litre engine with the 1.0 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine in India which has 76PS and 95 NM of torque.

In September 2019, the Mk5 Polo received another facelift in India.[16] The facelifted Polo for the Indian market received a new front grille and bumpers taken from the Mk5 Polo GTI.[17]

Sedan versionsEdit

Volkswagen Vento/Polo sedanEdit

Volkswagen Polo Sedan (Russia)
Volkswagen Polo sedan (Malaysia)

A sedan version of the Polo Mark V was launched in India and Russia in 2010 as the Volkswagen Vento and Polo Sedan. It features an increased wheelbase 2,552 mm (100.5 in) and ground clearance (168–170 mm).

The model is offered with one petrol engine (1.6 L, 4-cylinder, 105 PS;[18] coupled with either 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox) and one diesel engine (1.6 L, turbocharged 4-cylinder common rail, 105 PS; only 5-speed manual gearbox) options available. In 2014, a facelifted Vento was launched. It carries over the 1.6L petrol but has a new 1.5L diesel engine derived from the old 1.6L (Due to the excise benefits offered to engines 1.5L and below, in India). The Vento also gets a 7-Speed DSG (Direct-Shift Gearbox) automatic, with this new 1.5L engine. A 1.2L TSI (Turbo fuel stratified injection) engine is also available mated to the 7-Speed DSG, producing 103PS.

In November 2013, the 1.6-litre petrol and 6-speed automatic option was dropped in favour of the new 1.2-litre, turbocharged 4-cylinder TSI motor mated to a 7-speed DSG dual clutch automatic. This combination offers superior performance and fuel efficiency compared to the old automatic offering. As of May 2011, Polo Sedan (Russia) Volkswagen Vento 2014 Active Trim Level, is sold in Mexico and manufactured by Volkswagen India.

Vento (Polo sedan) 2016 to present, photographed in Mexico (facelift)

A Mexican variant of the Vento was released in the 2014 model year, manufactured in India by Volkswagen India. Volkswagen Vento is a best seller for Volkswagen México. The main features are good quality under the subcompact segment, good crash test results, and affordable price. From 2014 model to present. Also, the car became available in Argentina as the Polo from October 2015 to February 2018 when it was replaced by the Virtus sourced from Brazil.

The Volkswagen Vento 2016 to present in Mexican territory, the renewal of the best-selling model of the Volkswagen brand in Mexico and the third one with more sales volume in this country. This model with a front that more resembles the New Jetta, grill, fascia, fog lights, chrome inserts, visible exhaust and completely redesigned lights.

In the mechanical section, we find the two engines unchanged. This is the four-cylinder 1.6L MPI gasoline with 105 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque and the four-cylinder CFNA 7GV/77 kW, 1.5L TDI to diesel with 105 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The big difference is that now both are available with manual and automatic transmissions. In the previous model we only found the gasoline with the five-speed manual gearbox and the six-speed automatic Tiptronic while the diesel was only available with the five manual. Now comes a dual-clutch automatic DSG with seven "automatic" relationships in the diesel engine.

In India, the facelifted version was released in September 2019 whilst older versions of them will be kept on sale for a few years. It is very similar to its GTI version in terms of design and it will be expanded for most markets where the Polo saloon and hatchback versions are sold.[19] Both the Polo and Vento were later facelifted in Mexico in early 2020.

 In several markets, it is succeeded by the Volkswagen Virtus, while some markets like Mexico offered the Virtus alongside the Vento for the purpose of keeping a budget-friendly option. In Russia, the Polo Mk5-based Polo Sedan continued to be sold alongside the newer Škoda Rapid-based Polo Sedan.

Volkswagen AmeoEdit

Another sedan version of the Polo Mk5 named the Volkswagen Ameo was introduced for the Indian market in June 2016. The Ameo is a notchback sedan based on the hatchback Polo Mk5, retaining its shorter wheelbase and the rear doors contrary to the Polo Sedan/Vento. Slotted between the Volkswagen Polo and the Volkswagen Vento, the Ameo was made not to exceed 4,000 mm in length in order to occupy the sub-four metre sedan segment in India that enjoyed lighter tax scheme compared to longer sedans. The Ameo was discontinued in April 2020, as the car was not compliant with the Bharat Stage 6 emission norms which came into force in April 2020 and dwindling sales.[20]

Polo Vivo (South Africa)Edit

In 2018 the Mark 2 Polo Vivo was launched in South Africa as a budget friendly car. It is based on the Mark 5 Polo.

Since its launch in February 2018 Volkswagen South Africa has enjoyed excellent sales in the Vivo range, consistently being the best selling passenger vehicle in the country since March 2018.

Polo Wörthersee 09Edit

A one-off Polo concept car was shown at the Wörthersee GTI meeting in May 2009. Considered as a preview of a future Polo GTI model, the car featured Flash Red paint with black rally stripes, 18-inch "Budapest" wheels, high gloss black interior and aluminum tread plates.[21]


See alsoEdit


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