Volkswagen’s new Polo is the smallest, sweetest forbidden fruit that we won’t get

Sometimes, we in the Digital Trends Cars section just want to stomp our feet, roll around on the ground, and throw a tantrum. Today, we’re going to blame our officemates’ raised eyebrows on Volkswagen and the brand’s newest car that we can’t have: the 2014 Polo.

The Polo has been around in the global marketplace for a while, functioning as VW’s competitor against cars like the Chevy Spark, Ford Fiesta, and even the Honda Fit/Jazz. The Polo has always been the handsome option in the group, but it’s also one of the more entertaining and solid-feeling vehicles amongst the tiny car crowd. The 2014 model looks even better.

In true VW form, the design hasn’t shifted too much from the previous model. The new Polo, though, does seem to sync up a little better with the 2015 Golf in terms of front fascia. Shoppers will even be able to add LED headlights, up to 17-inch wheels, and navigation, if they’re looking for a compact car with premium looks and feel.

It’s a little complicated under the hood, where you can choose from seven – yes, SEVEN – levels of power, derived from three engine choices. Between the base 1.0-liter three-cylinder and the up-market 1.2-liter four-cylinder engines, you can earn anywhere between 59 and 109 horsepower. If you choose the 1.4-liter TDI clean-diesel model, power ranges between 74 and 103 hp. Transmissions include a five- or six-speed manual transmission, or you can opt up to VW’s DSG dual-clutch automatic. While these powerplants might not sound like much now, just remember that there are women (and very confident dudes) driving around in 84-horsepower pink Chevy Sparks. We’ll take the VW, thanks.

The new Polo also offers an electronically-adjustable suspension, just in case you decide to take it to the mountains for a weekend trip. This may also be one of the safest, highest-tech small cars on the road, now that the P0lo offers adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking. Both are firsts for the segment.

We’re hot for this tiny hatch, and if you have a petition to VW to bring it stateside, we’ll gladly sign it.

Let us know what you think of the 2014 VW Polo in the comments below.

Product Review

The all-new 3 Series proves BMW can still build a compelling sport sedan

Seat time in the entry-level BMW 330i ($41,425) and M340i xDrive ($54,995) will test the German automaker’s commitment to driving dynamics, powertrain refinement, and cutting edge technology.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Godzilla,’ Brightburn,’ ‘Triple Frontier,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's the first trailers for Brightburn and Triple Frontier, among other previews.
Gaming

Have a spooky dance party at an abandoned mansion with Fortnite's new challenges

The Fortnite season 7, week 2 challenges have arrived in Battle Royale. From searching for chests to dancing off at an abandoned mansion, here's how to do them and the rewards you get for completing them.
Cars

Aston Martin’s 1,000-hp Valkyrie will boast the Mona Lisa of the engine world

Aston Martin has released new details about its F1-inspired Valkyrie hypercar. Co-developed with Red Bull Racing, the Valkyrie will be one of the most aerodynamic production cars ever made.
Home Theater

Anker’s micro projectors get an equally small price in time for the holidays

Looking for a great deal on a tiny video projector? Anker has some tiny prices on three of their smallest devices. With features like Android 7.1 and designs as small as a can of soda, these projectors make the perfect travel companions.
Cars

What’s next for in-car entertainment? Audi believes it knows

Audi is bringing two technologies to CES 2019. The first turns a car -- a luxury sedan, in this case -- into a drive-in movie theater. The second is presented as a new entertainment format that turns the journey into the destination.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Booze-filled ski poles and crypto piggy banks

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Cars

California wants all-electric public bus fleet on its roads by 2040

California approved a regulation that targets an all-electric public bus fleet for the whole state by 2040. The effect of the full implementation of the regulation is equivalent to taking 4 million cars off the road.
Cars

1,000-mph Bloodhound supersonic car project finds a last-minute savior

The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) project has found a buyer. The project was going to be disbanded after running out of funds, but its assets were purchased by British businessman Ian Warhurst.
Cars

Ford’s prototype Quiet Kennel uses noise-canceling tech to keep dogs stress-free

Ford is ending 2018 by venturing into the doghouse market. The company's European division has built a kennel equipped with active noise-canceling technology and soundproof walls that help dogs sleep through fireworks.
Mobile

Car-branded phones need to make a U-turn if they ever want to impress

Your car and your smartphone are becoming one, yet smartphones branded or co-created by car companies are a problem. We look at the history, some examples of the best and worst, then share hopes for the future.
Emerging Tech

Self-driving dirt rally vehicle offers crash course in autonomous car safety

Georgia Tech's AutoRally initiative pushes self-driving cars to their limit by getting scaled-down autonomous vehicles to drive really, really fast and aggressively on dirt roads. Here's why.
Cars

The best compact cars pack full-size features in fun-size packages

The best compact cars on the market rival their counterparts in many ways, proving that bigger isn’t always better. Here, we've rounded up some of the better options available, including an SUV and an electric alternative.
Cars

Lincoln revives its coolest-ever design feature for limited-edition Continental

The 1961 Lincoln Continental became a design icon thanks to center-opening "coach doors" (also known as "suicide doors"). Lincoln is bringing those doors back for a special edition of the 2019 Continental.