Volkswagen does not currently offer anything smaller than the Golf/New Beetle in the U.S. The carmaker that was once known here for providing nothing but economy cars has kept its smallest models off U.S. soil...but that may change soon.
In other parts of the world VW has kept its reputation for solid economy cars by providing multiple vehicles that slot below the Golf. Now that fuel economy has become a buzzword with American buyers again, VW has expressed interested in bringing a smaller vehicle to our market. Rumors have been floating around that Volkswagen will expand the lower end of its lineup and bring its compact Polo model to the U.S.
The size of the Polo hatchback falls in between the five-door versions of the Toyota Yaris and Ford Fiesta. This represents territory Volkswagen has not competed for in the U.S. since it tried out its small Fox in the 80s and early 1990s. So before the Polo returns Volkswagen to its small car roots, we wanted to find out if it was right for our roads. The Polo has been available for decades in the U.K. and continues to be a best seller. We decided this would be the perfect place to start.