The least costly Polo, the 66TSI Trendline, rolls on 15-inch steel wheels and is powered by the 66kW engine.
Spend more for an 81TSI Comfortline and you get wheels made from an aluminium alloy, which look nicer, and the more powerful engine. You also get a trip computer (for monitoring fuel use), a folding arm rest between the front seats, and buttons on the steering wheel for operating the audio system and your phone. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather, and splashes of chrome break up the sombre hues of the cabin.
You get an opportunity to add two option packs to your 81TSI.
The Driver Comfort Package brings you satellite navigation, a fatigue detection system (which warns if the driver shows signs of falling asleep), and windscreen wipers that operate automatically when it rains. The cruise control slows you automatically for a slower vehicle ahead. And a partial emergency braking system can automatically apply the brakes at speeds under 30km/h to avoid an obstacle – usually another vehicle that has stopped suddenly.
The Sport Package includes bigger, 17-inch wheels, and stiffer, lower suspension. These changes give the car a racier look, and sharpen the handling slightly.
Spend more again for the Polo GTI and you get modifications aimed at improving performance, most notably the much stronger, 1.8-litre engine. There are 17-inch alloy wheels with wider tyres, which add grip. An electronic differential lock aims to improve acceleration by limiting wheelspin. Metal pedals add a hint of race car pizzazz to the cabin, as do the gear shift paddles on the steering wheel. Visual changes include a unique pattern on the cloth seats, unique bumpers, side skirts, and black roof lining (other models have a pale finish).
The GTI also gets front foglights with a cornering function (they shine into corners automatically when turning), automatic windscreen wipers, and automatic air-conditioning (which maintains a pre-set temperature). And a pressure monitor lets you know early if a tyre is going flat.
The Polo GTI can be optioned with a Driver Assistance Package, which includes parking sensors front and rear, and a fatigue detection system. There’s also a Luxury Package, which brings you a sunroof, more supple seats with Alcantara (suede-like) trim, and more efficient, LED headlamps.