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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 (sedan in India and Brunei)
Volkswagen Polo Sedan (Russia)
Volkswagen Polo Sporty (PRC)
Volkswagen Polo Vivo (South-Africa)
2018–present (South-Africa)
AssemblyPamplona, Spain
Chakan, India[1]
Uitenhage, South Africa[2]
Kaluga, Russia[3]
Pekan, Malaysia (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
7-speed automatic (DSG)
WheelbaseHatchback: 2,470 mm (97 in)
Sedan: 2,552 mm (100.5 in)
Length3,952 mm (155.6 in)
Width1,682 mm (66.2 in)
Height1,454 mm (57.2 in)
PredecessorVolkswagen Polo Mk4
SuccessorVolkswagen Polo Mk6

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]

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

Features include:


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.[5] 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.[6]

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[7] 1,422 cc (86.8 cu in) turbo I3 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at – – at – –s 5-spd manual 82 g/km
1.4 TDI[8] 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.[9] VW has already made one modification to the particle filter ECU mapping.[citation needed]


  • EuroNCAP: 5 stars[10]

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.[11]

Volkswagen Vento, Volkswagen 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, increased wheelbase (2.552m) and ground clearance (168–170 mm), and has one petrol (1.6 L, 4-cylinder, 105 PS;[12] 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. It is intended to compete with the Honda City which is very popular in India.
The car is also manufactured and sold in Malaysia, Russia, Jordan, UAE, South Africa, Thailand and Taiwan as Volkswagen Polo Sedan with only the petrol engine available for Malaysian and Russian and Taiwan(Badged as Vento) market.

The Volkswagen Polo Sedan is not produced in Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and China, nor exported to the rest of Latin America, PR China and Australia because it is developed in India, but the Polo hatchback is produced in South Africa and exported to China and partially in Australia.

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 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. We also find new designs of 15-inch wheels (aluminum for Trendline, Comfortline and Highline versions but steel with plugs in the initial version called Starline), chrome details on the door handles, fog lights with light static curve and directional lights in the side mirrors.

In the interior the changes are less evident but it gains in equipment. We find new designs in seats fabrics, steering wheel with audio functions and cruise control, beige interior option, two-tone dashboard and finally the opening of the One-Touch trunk with which it is not necessary to remove the key to access the area of load.

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.

All versions will have ABS, two airbags, electric lifts for all seats, air conditioning, power steering and safe auto parts insurance as standard.

Finally the offer of colors is extended from six to eight for the body while the interior adds the option of two-tone color for the board with fabric in beige.


Since September 2016, Volkswagen offered Polo Sedan in Moldova, imported directly from Russia.

The facelifted version was released in 4 September 2019 in India for the 2021 model year, alongside the Polo, 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.[13]

Polo Vivo, South AfricaEdit

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.

It differs from the Mark 5 in the following ways:

  • Side indicators moved on to side of vehicle instead of on mirrors.
  • Less sound insulation.
  • 2 airbags instead of 4.
  • New headlights and taillights design.
  • New front bumper design
  • Single folding rear bench instead of 60:40 split bench.

The range has a total of 5 trim levels:

  • Trendline: Base model. 1.4 litre 55kw engine.
  • Comfortline: Colour coded door mirrors and handles. 1.4 litre 63kw engine. Automatic option with 1.6 litre engine
  • Highline: Radio 340G with app connect. 1.6 litre engine. ESC . Leather multi function steering wheel. 16 in alloys. Tyre pressure monitoring. Hill start assist
  • Vivo Maxx: Based on the Cross Polo with Highline specs
  • GT: Highline specs. Lowered suspension. 1.0 litre TSI 81kw engine.

The 4 engine options are carried over from the Mark 5 Polo.

  • 1.4 Litre with 55kW of power and 130nm Torque. Top Speed of 171km/h. Only available in the Trendline
  • 1.4 litre with 63kw of power and 132nm Torque. Top Speed of 177km/h. Only available in Comfortline
  • 1.6 litre with 77kw of power and 153nm Torque. Top Speed of 188km/h. Available in Comfortline automatic, Highline and Vivo Maxx.
  • 1.0 litre TSI with 81kw of power and 200nm Torque. Top Speed of 196km/h. Only available in GT model.

Since its launch in February 2018 VW South Africa has enjoyed its sales. Consistently being the best selling passenger vehicle in the country since March 2018.


See alsoEdit


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