VW CrossPolo released in Europe
21st June, 2010
The next generation Volkswagen CrossPolo is now being released in
Europe. After the Polo base version presented in 2009 and the Polo BlueMotion (debut in 2010) and the Polo GTI
that is also launching at this time, the CrossPolo now completes the series as the fourth model. With its
all-terrain look, unique world of colours and features, and a higher ride height (15 millimetre gain), the VW
CrossPolo is appealing as one of the most unconventional vehicles in its class.
This all-rounder is powered by fuel-efficient engines with a power range from 51 kW/70 PS to 77 kW/105 PS.
Buyers can choose from three petrol and three common rail TDI engines. Two of the six engines can be ordered
with a 7-speed DSG, like the one used on vehicles such as the Polo GTI.
Fun and Cross: From special edition to production model
The new Volkswagen CrossPolo continues in the tradition of its 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 demand exceeded sales forecasts. The consequence: the step was taken from special
edition to production model and to the Cross version.
Exterior: Tough qualities and lifestyle character
The rugged-sporty character of the Volkswagen CrossPolo – always produced as a five-door – are reflected in
many of its details. Especially striking: the individually styled front apron – in anthracite colour - with
integrated front fog lights and large air inlet at the centre. 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 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
The side profile of the VW CrossPolo shows 'tough' qualities. Here, sporty black wheelarch extensions and
coordinated body sills set the styling. The latter continue visually into the lower door area. In off-road
driving and in the 'jungle' of metropolitan parking spaces, these rugged plastic guards do their part to
protect the car from damage. Fitting the character of the CrossPolo are the 17-inch alloy wheels ("Budapest"
style) in 5-spoke design with tyres in 215/40 format.
Another unmistakable characteristic of the CrossPolo: 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 75 kilogrammes. Colour coordinated with the roof railing, like on the previous
model: the door mirrors that are always painted in silver. At the rear, the CrossPolo continues the all-terrain
look in the bumper, whose lower section is also designed in a black, rugged plastic. At its centre, a separate
section painted in silver catches the eye that is styled to look like a diffuser.
Six exterior colours accentuate the style of the CrossPolo; offered exclusively on the new Volkswagen are
the colours "Magma Orange" and "Terra Beige Metallic". Across the board, the upper areas of the bumpers and
handles (door, tailgate) are painted in body colour, while the cover trim of the B and C pillars and the
window frames are treated in a high-gloss black.
Interior: Exciting and versatile
The interior of the VW CrossPolo is a fitting match 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 trim that provide a friendly
and youthful ambiance. Up to four different colour trims are available, depending on the exterior colour.
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 fine
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 colour of the interior
trim. The Volkswagen CrossPolo’s level of quality is illustrated by the dashboard; it is finished in "Slush"
technology, which produces soft surfaces that are 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, centre armrest in front (with
storage compartment), pedal caps in aluminium 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 including tyre pressure monitoring (tyre pressure monitoring system, TPMS) and
central locking with RF remote control.
Estate car qualities: Cargo space increases up to 952 litres
The new VW CrossPolo also shows off its talents when it comes to space and efficient space utilisation. As
mentioned, 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 litres. The dual cargo floor - adjustable to two height levels -
provides a continuously level loading surface. Four tie-down eyes simplify secure fastening of the cargo to be
transported, while two hooks in the side trim panels keep bags from tipping over.
Engine variety: Three petrol, three diesel and one 7-speed DSG
The six engines of the CrossPolo have power levels between 51 kW/70 PS and 77 kW/105 PS. The entry level
among the petrol engines is represented by the 70-PS version with a 1.2 litre displacement. Following at the
next level is a 1.4-litre engine with 63 kW/85 PS. The top petrol engine is the new 1.2 TSI with the
aforementioned 77 kW/105 PS. This turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine accelerates the CrossPolo to
100 km/h in 9.9 seconds, reaches a respectable top speed of 188 km/h, yet has a combined fuel consumption of
just 5.5 litres of fuel (equivalent to 128 g/km CO2) when driven cautiously. The highlight here: The
Volkswagen not only attains these values in conjunction with the standard 6-speed gearbox, but also with the
optional 7-speed DSG, an automatic. Also deliverable as an optional DSG version is the CrossPolo with 63
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 litre displacement and are available at the power
levels 55 kW/75 PS, 66 kW/90 PS and 77 kW/105 PS. All three variants need just 4.3 litres of diesel per 100
km in combined mode and emit just 113 grammes CO2 per kilometre. The 66 kW/90 PS version can also be combined
with the direct shift gearbox as an option; in this case, combined fuel consumption is 4.6 l/100 km. All
Volkswagen CrossPolo engines meet the limits of the Euro-5 emissions standard.
The CrossPolo is one of numerous European VWs that won't be coming to Australia.