Polo gets a bigger jacket

2018-02-15 06:01
PHOTOS: VWThe sixth generation Polo is built at the Volkswagen factory in Uitenhage, one of only three plants in the global Volkswagen production network that assembles the Polo hatch for export markets.

PHOTOS: VWThe sixth generation Polo is built at the Volkswagen factory in Uitenhage, one of only three plants in the global Volkswagen production network that assembles the Polo hatch for export markets.

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SOUTH Africa’s bestselling passenger car, the new Polo, has been completely redesigned to present more interior room, more efficient engines and pioneering driver-assistance systems.

The new exterior design of the sixth generation Polo aims to endow the car with a sportier and more mature look.

Billed as one of the world’s most advanced compact cars, with a multitude of driver-assistance systems that were previously reserved for the Golf and Passat class, the new Polo is also bigger than its predecessor in every dimension,

Apart from more space for the driver and passengers, this has significantly increased boot volume, which increased from 280 to 350 litres.


The new Polo will be available in the three trim lines: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline, and also as a special Beats version (with a 300-watt Beats sound system). The Polo GTI will be launched in South Africa in the second quarter.

The special edition Polo Beats features a 300-watt sound system, R-Line package with a sporty exterior featuring C-shaped front air curtains, side sills, boot spoiler, rear diffuser and 17-inch Bonneville alloys.

Parallel to the standard features, the trim lines feature different interior trims, colours and fabrics.

One of the most striking individualisation features is the instrument panel with the dashpad.

New for this generation of Polo, this dashpad is offered with different coloured trims.

Two dashpad coloured trims are available; Limestone Grey Metallic on the Trendline and Comfortline and Deep Iron Metallic on Highline.

Owners of the new Polo will especially enjoy the new generation Active Info Display, which makes its debut in the Polo.

This combines the new Active Info Display and the new eight-inch touchscreen to form a modern, glass-encased functional unit that creates an elegant appearance combined with simple controls similar to a high-end smartphone.

The Active Info Display is available in South Africa from launch and is optional on the Comfortline and Highline models.


With MQB A0 as the basis. Like the Golf, Touran, Tiguan, Passat and Arteon, the Polo is now also based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB).

Here the A0 version is adapted for particularly compact models and has a whole armada of advantages.

A wider wheel base and longer axle length shorten the overhangs, allowing the new Polo to keep the handling promises made by the sportier appearance, although the neutral setting of the dampers keep focus on a safer ride.

The front suspensions of the Polo feature coil spring struts and lower wishbones with a track-stabilising scrub radius and an anti-roll bar.

The rear running gear consists of a semi-independent twist-beam suspension with an integrated anti-roll bar.

Gas-filled dampers and separate springs on the rear axle provide for optional suspension.


The smallest TSI for the new Polo, the 1,0-litre three-cylinder TSI, has an output of 70 kW at 5 000 rpm and torque of 175 Nm from 2 000 rpm.

The turbocharged engine, which is standard for both the Polo Trendline and Comfortline, is both agile and efficient.

The 1,0 TSI accelerates to 100 km/h in 10,8 seconds — quite respectable for a three cylinder. Top speed is a claimed 187 km/h, which is as fast as the first Golf GTI.

These figures apply to both the five-speed manual gearbox version and the optional seven-speed DSG version for this engine.

The high agility is coupled with low combined fuel consumption of 4,5 l/100 km (corresponding to 103 g/km CO2).

The seven-speed DSG has a fuel consumption of 4,7 l/100 km and emits 107g/km of CO2.

The little three-cylinder is also chipped to make 85 kW at 5 000 rpm and 200 Nm from 2 000 rpm.

This engine will be launched with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and optionally with a seven-speed DSG.

The turbocharged direct injection engine develops its peak output at 5 000 rpm to make for a lively ride.


New features for the Polo include the lane change system Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, semi-automated Park Assist system for exiting parking spaces, the proactive occupant protection system and a manoeuvre braking function.

The latter automatically protects against minor but often expensive parking dents.

The optional Keyless Access locking and engine starting system, which is also new, can be used to unlock and start up the Polo.

The radar-based sensor module even detects objects at distances of up to 40 metres away and recognises objects moving at speeds of 4 km/h or above.

The new Volkswagen Polo models come standard with a three-year or 45 000 km Service Plan, three year or 120 000 km warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals are 15 000 km.

— Supplied.

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