The new CrossPolo continues in the tradition of its successful predecessors: the Polo Fun and the first generation CrossPolo derived from it. Originally, a production run of only 5,000 units was planned for the special edition Polo Fun, but great demand exploded all forecasts. The consequence: the step was taken from special edition to production model and to the Cross version.
The rugged character of the European CrossPolo is reflected in many of its details. Especially striking: the front apron - in anthracite color - with integrated front foglights and large air inlet at the center. It gets a black honeycomb insert bordered by chrome trim. Towards its lower edge, the bumper finishes with a section in light silver with the visual appearance of underbody protection.
Taken from classic Polo styling are the upper radiator grille with its chrome inlay and the VW logo integrated here; the same applies to the dual headlights with standard daytime running lights.
The side profile of the CrossPolo also shows tough qualities. Here sporty black wheel arch extensions and coordinated body sills set the styling. The latter continue visually into the lower door area. In off-road driving and in the metropolitan spaces, these rugged plastic guards protect the car from damage.
Fitting the character of the CrossPolo are the 17-inch "Budapest" wheels in five-spoke design with size 215/40 tires. Another unmistakable characteristic of the CrossPolo are the silver anodized roof rails. They are a traditional feature on this model, and are certainly not just decorative. They can be used to mount roof boxes and carrier systems with a weight of up to 75kg. Color coordinated with the roof rails, like on the previous model, the door mirrors are always painted in silver.
At the rear, the CrossPolo continues the rugged all-terrain look in the bumper, whose lower section is also designed in a black plastic. At its center, a separate section painted in silver catches the eye that is styled to look like a diffuser.
Six exterior colors accentuate the powerful style of the CrossPolo; offered exclusively on the new Volkswagen are "Magma Orange" and "Terra Beige Metallic".
Across the board, the upper areas of the bumpers and handles (door, tailgate) are painted in body color, while the cover trim of the B and C pillars and the window frames are treated in a high-gloss black. The high-end interior of the CrossPolo is a fitting match for the all-terrain look of the exterior. Here it is primarily the two-tone fabrics of the sport seats, the rear bench and the door trim that create a friendly ambiance.
Up to four different color trims are available, depending on the exterior color. While the outer areas of the seats are always in anthracite, customers can choose from "Hot Orange", "Orange", "Latte Macchiato" and "Grey" for the inner seat panels and middle sections of the door trim panels.
On seat contact surfaces for the back and legs the fabrics ("Dimension" pattern) all have a black webbed structure, making them more durable. The "CrossPolo" signature is embroidered into the backrests of the front seats.
Throughout the cockpit materials are friendly to the touch. Take the steering wheel: It has a perforated leather cover; the steering wheel spokes are produced from a brushed chrome application. The seams of the steering wheel cover and the leather-trimmed parking brake handle are given the color of the interior trim. The CrossPolo’s quality is highlighted by the instrument panel, finished in "Slush" technology with its soft surface texture that is pleasant to the touch.
The CrossPolo has an ample array of standard equipment. In the interior, specific standard features include height-adjustable sport seats, an asymmetrically split rear bench and backrest, pockets on the backs of the front seats and sliding drawers under them, leather-trimmed steering wheel, center armrest in front (with storage compartment), pedal caps in aluminum-look and chrome on various switches and components. The latter include the door handles, surrounds for the window lift switches and air vents. Also standard: electric adjustable and heated door mirrors, electric window lifts all around, illuminated make-up mirrors in the sun visors, multi-function display (MFA) including tire pressure monitoring and central locking with RF remote control.
The six engines of the CrossPolo have power levels between 70hp and 105hp.
The entry level among the petrol engines is represented by the 70hp version with a 1.2 liter displacement. Following at the next level is a 1.4-liter engine with 85hp. The top gasoline engine is the new 1.2 TSI with 105hp. This turbocharged direct-injection engine accelerates the CrossPolo to 62mph 9.9 seconds, reaches a respectable top speed of 117mph, yet has a combined fuel consumption of just 43mpg US.
It attains these values in conjunction with the standard 6-speed gearbox, but also with the optional 7-speed DSG. Also deliverable as an optional DSG version is the CrossPolo with 85hp.
Among the quietest engines of their kind are the three common rail, direct-injection turbodiesels (TDI) fitted with a particulate filter. All engines have 1.6 liter displacement and are available with 75, 90 and 105hp. All three variants return 55mpg.