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A Dutch car magazine tested the Fiesta vs the all new Volkswagen Polo. Here an impression:

"Companies are downsizing, giving their employees cheaper cars. No more VW Passat or Golf, but a Polo instead. How bad is this?
Tested here are the VW Polo 1.4 16v Comfortline ($24,281) and the Fiesta 1.25 Titanium ($24,547). The VW emits 139g CO2 per km, the Fiesta 133g/km, giving both cars a 'green' label, meaning a tax deduction.

The Polo has ESP, curtain airbags, cruise control and Hill Hold Control. The Fiesta has an steering column airbag, audio system with AUX connection, seat with lumbar support, alloy rims. If you want alloys, rain sensor, climate control, rear parking sensors and audio on the Polo, then this would cost an extra $5900.

First we look at the interior, a long standing strong point of Volkswagen. Ford has leap frogged lately and it shows in the Fiesta: beautiful materials and a fantastic design with lots of storage space for nic-nacs. Still it's no match for the Polo, which is also more quiet. Drivers of the previous model will appreciate that, Golf drivers will feel at home: the Polo is a Golf jr. But you will not find the joyfullness and happiness of the Fiestas interior. Intuitive and clear ergonomics that don't distract. The Polo has the advantage.

We don't have a preference of furniture. The Fiesta has good seats with leg support and quick cornering doesn't throw you out of your seat. The Polo has bigger more flat seats. If you are a sporty driver you will appriciate the Fiesta. If driving is indispensable, get the Polo.

Small children sit equally comfotable in both cars. Adults sit better in the Polo with it's sloped bench, giving better support. Also the rear doors swing open further. Persons of 6' will have their knees free from the front seats, whereas those in the Fiesta will touch them. A slight advantage for the VW.

A 6' person can stand under the hatchback door of both cars, and boot space is equal, but the Polo lacks a sill. The floor is flat because the bench seat folds away and the back side fold forward. The VW also doesn't show bare metal that can scratch baggage. This makes the Polo more practical than the Fiesta.

The Fiestas 82 hp and Polos 85 hp engines aren't the fastest. The Fiesta feels faster though, feels more dynamic, goes through its revs and produce a nice growling exhaust note. On paper the Polo is slightly faster. The fifth gear is sluggish and long. Shifting gears is a joy in the Fiesta. It gives more feedback, is very precise and has a pleasant resistance in its mechanics. VW opts for practicality with a light clutch and stick. The Volkswagen faired better: the Fiesta did 30.1MPG, the Polo 32.7MPG.

The Polo has a softer suspension, but the Fiesta never gets uncomfortable and leans over less than the Polo. The Fiesta is a fiesta to drive. The rear is 'loose' and driving style is lively. Steering is a fine tuned precision instrument. Lack of ESP makes it possible to use the handbrake for more 'recreational purposes'.
Still the Polo is quite good too and need less corrective handling on the edge. It goes faster through corners, but feels more clinical. It understeers sooner and the standard ESP butts in too soon aswell. The Polo has a more mature driving style than the playful Fiesta. But playing can be more fun!
 

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Sounds about equal, advantage Polo on practical matters. Personally though I imagine the Fiesta will be practical enough for my needs and the better driving experience and more interesting styling (though I do like the Polo's looks) only seals the deal.
 

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Basically interpreting, you want something for a real commuter get the Polo. You want fun and something to play around in get the Fiesta. Much hasn't been said in the past few months since VW had announced it but the Polo is coming state side and in fact I believe it was in November several auto haulers were heading up from Mexico loaded with the little buggers. Assumed they were heading for VW North America Headquarters to be handed out for test driving.
 

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That review follows with past experiences and origins of each model.

The Polo has always been (with the exception of the neat little Polo GTI ) a bit more sedate than the Fiesta. But that is not always a bad thing.

Build quality has always been excellent in the Polo and no one could ever complain about ergonomics in the VW.

However if you care at all about driving the Fiesta will always please more right out of the box. Escpecially the steering and gearbox of the Ford.

However if the overall quality and durability of the new Fiesta has nearly equalled the Polo that I have to say that I'd put my hrad earned dollar with the Fiesta (provided that the US model isn't butchered) especially considering the not so great quality of US VW dealerships!
 

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It has been mentioned in some automotive print publications that the US Polo will be enlarged and altered for the US market when it gets here in 2011 or 2012 from Mexico production. VW interiors are the best non-Audi price range on the market in terms of initial quality, though I had some complaints about long term longevity like many other aspects of the VW ownership experience. I tend to prefer conservative, rectilinear (I drive a '95 E300D with an interior very clearly designed in the '80s and love it), conventional interiors unless a rounded theme (see New Beetle or TT) is well executed. Huge knobs, speedometers, center-mounted instruments are a turn off, and overall busy, cutting edge looks.

Surprisingly, I find the Fiesta's execution of a unique interior to be excellent. Quality and soft touch of the plastics may not be as initially superb as some of VW's stuff, but the Fiesta's is more than acceptable and will likely hold up to wear and tear better.

VW has strayed from the Drivers wanted, German sporty suspension message to a more mundane, soft setup that is agreeable but nothing outstanding.

For the US and possibly for the EU as an update, I wonder if there will be a move to cover the metal seatbacks of the Fiesta, though the fold flat will probably not happen. The Fiesta isn't the most utilitarian B-segment vehicle, and I'm frankly very glad for that.
 

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Azulejost,

Unless VWoA comes to its senses and decides to simply DOT and EPA the excellent ROW Polo HB, the USA and Canada will be getting a BLOATMOBILE POLO!!!!!!!:mad:

VWoA never fails to screw up when it comes to what they choose to sell here.

The problem with VW is NOT VW AG, but the US distributor, VWoA which is the distributor for the USA. I've been a fan of VW products for decades since I bought my 1984 Rabbit GTI, NEW from the dealership! But since then but even before then as well under different leadership the company continues to destroy any credibility that VW had from their heyday in the USA back in the late 60's and very early 70's.

VWoA is the absolute WORST VW distributor in the developed world bar NONE.

Witness the horrid Chrysler Minivan as the Routan....what a joke, of course the rebadged Chrysler has been a sales disaster for them.

I would definitely try and have fold flat seatbacks in the Fiesta, a very practical and inexpensive specification!!!!
 

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I would definitely try and have fold flat seatbacks in the Fiesta, a very practical and inexpensive specification!!!!
According to an article (Automobile from last fall I think), the decision to go with the simple folding seatbacks was based on the weight savings and undoubtedly price considerations. I know it would be nice for some folks, but I think with the original intent of the Fiesta in the EU justified this decision and use the B-Max to maximize space utilization and such.
 

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Probably so azulejost.

My belief is that the ROW VW Polo DOES have fold flat seatbacks. Not a big issue really because there are enough buyers out there in Europe to keep both the Fiesta and Polo selling like hotcakes!!!!

I feel so sickened about the bloatPolo that VWoA is going to try and peddle in the USA. The clowns at the VWoA corporate HQ in Herdon, have little or no understanding of how to properly market VW in the USA, the worst part is they keep letting ill suited Wharton School suits make all the important decisions. Sure the object of a car company is to make a profit for the shareholders, but as we can clearly see these guys make decisions that clearly further damage the profit potential of VW in the USA. About the only good decision they have made is to sell the new CC sedan.
 
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