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6.3 10 Clean Air Index
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6.2 10 Energy Efficiency Index
4.9 10 Greenhouse Gas Index
Laboratory TestsNMHCNOXNH3COPN
4.910Cold test
7.110Warm test
4.010Cold Ambient test
5.710Highway
Road test
6.910On-Road Drive
5.58On-Road Heavy Load
3.65On-Road Light Load
4.45On-Road Short Trip
2.02Congestion
Robustness
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  • n.a.
  • good
  • adequate
  • marginal
  • weak
  • poor

Comments

Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) are well controlled in all tests and carbon monoxide is kept at acceptable levels. Particulates, once a problem for small, turbocharged direct-injection engines, are kept in check by the gasoline particulate filter (GPF). Only ammonia (NH3), which is not regulated by legislation, shows poor results in some tests.

Laboratory TestsEnergy
7.010Cold test
7.210Warm test
5.710Cold Ambient test
5.010Highway
ConsumptionDriving range
Average6.0l100 km679km
Worst-case6.9l100 km577km
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  • n.a.
  • good
  • adequate
  • marginal
  • weak
  • poor

Comments

The Polo is not a heavy car and, combined with its small, fuel-efficient engine, it turns in a good result in this part of the assessment. The declared CO2 value of 128 g/100 km was well matched in the standard laboratory test.

Greenhouse GasesCO2N2OCH4
3.87Cold test
4.07Warm test
3.37Cold Ambient test
2.97Highway
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  • n.a.
  • good
  • adequate
  • marginal
  • weak
  • poor

Comments

Nitrous Oxide (N2O) and Methane (CH4), both very potent greenhouse gases, were well controlled with good or adequate results in all tests.

Our verdict

There has been a Polo in the Volkswagen line-up since 1975, testament to its enduring appeal. Now in its sixth generation, the car is tested here with the 1.0 litre, 3 cylinder turbocharged direct injection petrol engine, producing 85 kW, and turns in a very creditable performance. The car's exhaust after-treatment - a three-way catalyst and a gasoline particulate filter (GPF) - do a good job of keeping pollutant emissions down. Oxides of Nitrogen are low in all tests and the GPF, much needed with a small direct-injection turbocharged engine keeps particulate number safely within limits. With a modest weight, the car scores well also in Energy Efficiency. The Greenhouse Gas Index is a little lower than the others but the car emerges from Green NCAP's tests just shy of a 3½ star rating.

Specifications

  • Publication Date 11 2020
  • Tested Car WVWZZZAWZLY02XXXX
  • Emissions Class Euro 6 DG
  • Tyres 185/65 R15
  • Mass 1,132 kg
  • Engine Size 999 cc
  • Engine Power/Torque 85 kW/200 Nm
  • Published CO2 128 g/km