The Volkswagen Polo is a very well-known compact car. With 14 million units produced and sold worldwide to date, it is also a popular buy. In 2013, the Polo hatch was bought by 23 501 customers, making it the second best-selling passenger car in South Africa. Coming first since 2010, is the Polo’s sibling; the Polo Vivo.
Now the Polo introduces new technology, engines, aesthetic highlights and new specifications. It will come in three equipment levels; the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. Another more rugged model is the CrossPolo. All derivatives will come out with different and new equipment, technology, engines and aesthetics.
For the first time, the new Polo will come out with an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System which, after a collision, it automatically brakes to avoid secondary collisions or reduce their severity. The new Polo has wide range of comfort and assistance systems that are unique in this class so far.
The new Polo is the latest Volkswagen model to be offered with the award winning small capacity TSI engines. Volkswagen’s pride and entry derivative is the 1.2 TSI 66kW engine. It has a claimed fuel consumption of 4.9 l/100km, is turbocharged and has 160 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It’s available with the Trendline and Comfortline derivatives. There is another 1.2 TSI engine which has 81kW of power. Fuel consumption is 5.1 l/100 km and torque is at 175 Nm. The 1.2 TSI engine comes standard with a 6-speed transmission but is also has an optional 7-speed DSG. The 81kW engine is available in the Highline derivatives as well as the CrossPolo.
The optional and standard features across the three derivatives have increased, too. The optional features include Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, panoramic sunroof, automatic air-conditioning, light and vision package (includes auto-dimming interior mirror, rain sensor wipers and low beam assist), park distance control, rear view camera ‘Rear Assist’ and cruise control.
The 1.2 TSI 66kW Trendline wears a R188 300 price tag while the Comfortline goes for R209 700. The 1.2 TSI 81kW Highline retails for R233 300 and the Highline DSG model for R247 800. The 1.2 TSI 81kW CrossPolo will set buyers back by R241 000. The new Polo will come standard with a three-year/45 000km service plan, three-year/120 000km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty. Service interval is 15 000km.