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2018 VW Polo proves variety really is the spice of life

With NINE different engine options, including natural gas, you can have a VW Polo just about any way you like -- as long as you don't live in the US, that is.

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Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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If you like variety, you'll love the 2018 VW Polo.

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There are nine different engines on offer -- one natural gas, two diesel and six gasoline.

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No engine is larger than 2.0 liters, and the natural gas engine only puts out about 89 horsepower.

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Every single Polo is available with a manual transmission, and only five offer something else.

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Perhaps the coolest Polo of the bunch is the GTI, seen here.

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With 197 horsepower on tap, it's a proper hot hatch, albeit a tiny one.

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As you'd expect, the Polo GTI carries a whole bunch of GTI badges, as well as the ubiquitous plaid cloth seats.

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Autonomous emergency braking is standard on the Polo, and adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring are optional.

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LED headlights, wireless phone charging and active dampers are also included on the list of optional equipment.

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If you want one in the US, tough luck -- you'll have to wait 25 years until they're eligible for import.

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