It’s the one hatchback everyone aspires to, and nobody minds trading down to either. VW’s sixth-generation Polo is now available in South Africa and it is even more of a junior Golf than ever before.
The larger, geometrically shaped headlamps and single-slat grille are Polo’s most distinguishing styling features, but it’s the cabin digitisation which really sets this new one apart. All models, even the entry-level Trendline, now feature touchscreen infotainment control and Highline Polos now have a massive 20.3cm touchscreen interface with App convergence.
For those prospective Polo owners who have kids or do buy way too much stuff when going shopping, bootspace has ballooned by 71-litres to 351-litres, which is now only 29-litres shy of the Golf7’s luggage capacity. A big win.
VW’s even got a Beats model, for those who can’t go anywhere without letting everyone around listen to the music of their choice. Polo Beats features a 300W sound system with obligatory subwoofer and amplification, to ensure that absolutely anybody within range can have the opportunity to listen to what you prefer playing, whether they would like to or not.
Engines. This is perhaps where the most noticeable upgrade has come for new Polo. The entire range is now powered by 1-litre triples, in two tunes of boost. Lower output Polos power up to 70kW/175Nm, with the more powerful versions good for 85kW/200Nm. Three gearbox options complete the drivetrain mix, with seven-speed DSGs available on all engines, but the lower output triples shifting through only five-speeds in manual, whilst the more powerful Polos have a sixth gear if you do the shifting on your own.
VW’s also offering a range of river assistance systems with new Polo. These include blind spot alert; rear traffic alert and an assisted parallel and perpendicular park assist function.
For those who desire some R-Line style, a rear diffuser/spoiler, side sills reshaped front bumper are optional. If you further desire to add some additional mechanical performance to those R-Line styling bits, you’ll have to wait until mid-2018 for the Polo GTi, with its 147kW 2-litre turbomotor and a margin of performance just shy of Golf GTi.
The premium junior hatchback has just gotten better and there’s nothing to rival it. VW’s dominance of the South African hatchback market last year, will only increase in 2018 with new Polo to invigorate sales.
1.0 TSI 70kW Trendline – R235 200
1.0 TSI 70kW Comfortline – R264 700
1.0 TSI 70kW Comfortline DSG – R280 700
1.0 TSI 85kW Highline – R286 200
1.0 TSI 85kW Highline DSG – R302 200