Volkswagen has announced the retail price of South Africa's second best-selling passenger car, the Polo.
The Golf 8 GTI might have been one of the most anticipated cars to arrive in South Africa in 2021, but the local automaker's sales have been slow off the mark. However, Volkswagen has a bevvy of new small cars coming in 2022, and the Polo is their next big thing. Naturally, it's more affordable and looks just as good as their halo model.
The Polo GTI is an essential model for the brand, as South Africa is the second-largest market for this car, right behind Germany. And all Polo models are locally built at the Kariega plant and exported to global markets.
VWSA says the new Polo 70kW and GTI derivatives will retail from Volkswagen dealers in January 2022, while the 85kW models will be available from March 2022; pricing for the latter model will be revealed closer to its local launch.
So what's new?
The new Polo has been given a sportier and fresher look all around. There are new headlights and taillights standard with LED technology across the range. It has a distinctive signature that includes a new LED light strip along the radiator grille with IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights – a standard feature in the new Polo GTI.
Inside there's a new completely digital cockpit, a re-designed multi-function steering wheel, new-generation infotainment systems and wireless App-Connect (as an optional feature). For the first time, the Polo will be offered with the optional IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist feature.
The new Polo model range has adopted Volkswagen's new naming convention. The new Polo will now be available in the Polo (base model), Polo Life (mid-level) and Polo R-Line (premium). The new Polo will also be available in a GTI derivative.
Compared to the outgoing derivative, the entry-level Polo (70kW Manual) now comes standard with LED headlights and taillights, a new multi-function steering wheel and a digital dashboard display. App-Connect, which was an optional feature in the outgoing derivative, is now a standard feature in the new Polo.
The new Polo Life (70kW Manual) now comes with four additional standard features, which were optional in the outgoing derivative: digital dashboard display, Park Distance Control (front and rear), electric folding mirrors, and lumbar support for the driver and front passenger.
In the Polo Life (85kW DSG), - which launches in Q2 - the digital dashboard display, Park Distance Control (front and rear), electric folding mirrors, lumbar support for the driver and front passenger, as well as a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with shift paddles are now standard - these were optional features in the outgoing derivative. The Polo Life (85kW DSG) also comes with 15-inch Essex alloy wheels.
The Polo R-Line has distinctive, striking R design bumpers, features the same standard items as the Life model, and features 16-inch Valencia alloy wheels, a Composition Media infotainment system with inductive mobile charging and the two-zone climatronic air-conditioning system.
The Polo GTI
The halo Polo GTI now includes the premium IQ.Light LED matrix headlights which are also offered in the Golf 8 GTI. Other standard features are the ones listed above, along with Dynamic Chassis Control, dynamic front cornering lights, and the two-zone climatronic system. The autonomous emergency braking with front assist is another standard feature in the new Polo GTI. It comes with 17-inch Milton Keynes alloy wheels and a Composition Media infotainment system with inductive mobile charging.
The new Volkswagen Polo comes standard with a three-year or 120 000km warranty, a three-year or 45 000km EasyDrive Service Plan, and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. The service interval is 15 000km.
VW says customers have the option to extend the EasyDrive Maintenance and EasyDrive Service Plans up to 10 years or 300 000km.
The EasyDrive Maintenance Plan covers costs (parts and labour) associated with scheduled vehicle services, repairs of defective components and wear and tear items (excluding tyres) that need to be replaced, as well as 24/7 Roadside Assistance. The EasyDrive Service Plan covers all manufacturer-specific scheduled service requirements, including parts and labour costs.