The New VW CrossPolo
After the new generation Polo base model was presented in 2009, and the Polo BlueMotion debuted in 2010 along with the Polo GTI, the CrossPolo now completes the series as a fourth model for European drivers.
With its refreshing all-terrain look, unique colors and features, and a higher ride height, the CrossPolo is one of the most unconventional vehicles in its class.
This all-rounder is powered by fuel-efficient engines with a power range from 70- to 105hp. Buyers can choose from three petrol and three common-rail TDI engines. Two of the six engines can also be ordered with a 7-speed DSG.
The new CrossPolo continues the tradition of its predecessors: the Polo Fun, and the first generation CrossPolo derived from it. Originally, a production run of only 5000 units was planned for the special edition Fun, but demand exceeded all forecasts. The consequence: it was taken from special edition to production model and to the Cross version.
The rugged character of the CrossPolo - always produced as a five-door - is reflected in many of its details. Especially striking: the front apron - in anthracite color - with integrated foglights and large air inlet in the center. It gets a black honeycomb insert bordered by fine 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 is the upper radiator grille with its chrome inlay and the integrated VW logo; 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 co
In off-road driving and in the jungle of metropolitan spaces, these rugged plastic guards protect the car from damage. Fitting the character of the CrossPolo are the 17" wheels ("Budapest" style) in 5-spoke design with 215/40 tires.
Another unmistakable characteristic of the CrossPolo: the silver anodized roof rails are a traditional feature. They can be used to mount roof boxes and carrier systems with a weight of up to 75kg.
Color-coordinated with the roof railing, the door mirrors are always silver. At the rear, the CrossPolo continues the rugged look in the bumper, whose lower section is also designed in a black plastic. At its center, a separate section painted silver catches the eye and was styled to look like a diffuser.
Six exterior colors accentuate the powerful style of the CrossPolo; offered exclusively on the new Volkswagen are the colors "Magma Orange" and "Terra Beige Metallic". Across the board, the upper areas of the bumpers and handles (door, tailgate) are painted body color, while the cover trim of the B and C pillars and the window frames are treated in a high-gloss black.
The interior is matched to 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 trims 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 the colours "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, the 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 new CrossPolo also shows off its talents when it comes to space utilization. The rear bench can be folded with a standard 60:40 split. When it is completely folded, the car's cargo capacity increases from 280 to 952 liters. The dual cargo floor - adjustable to two height levels - creates a continuously level loading surface. Four tie-down loops simplify secure fastening of cargo, while two hooks in the side panels keep bags from tipping over.
The entry level 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 petrol engine is the new 1.2 TSI with 105hp. This turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine accelerates the CrossPolo to 62mph in 9.9 seconds. The VW not only attains these values in conjunction with the standard 6-speed gearbox, but also with the optional 7-speed DSG, an automatic.
Among the quietest engines of their kind are the three common-rail, direct-injection turbo-diesels (TDI) fitted with a particulate filter. All engines have 1.6 liter displacement and are available with 75, 90 and 105hp.