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The cur­rent Polo ar­rived half­way through 2010 and a few months later was crowned Cars­guide Car of the Year. Now it’s fall­ing be­hind in terms of me­dia and en­ter­tain­ment kit. An up­dated model ar­rives late this year. This one is light on stan­dard fea­tures but un­der­cuts the RS at $19,240 (DSG $21,740).


This is pre­mium car qual­ity in the light car class. It has aged well, with el­e­gant ex­te­rior de­sign, tough stance and one of the most re­fined cab­ins you’ll find in this cat­e­gory. Use of space is good, with just enough rear legroom.


This Polo has a 1.2-litre di­rect in­jec­tion turbo four (77kW/175Nm). Sure, the Ba­rina has 26kW more but the Polo is 200kg lighter. VW says the Polo takes 9.7 secs for 0-100km/h. The six-speed man­ual is ex­cel­lent and the seven-speed DSG shifts fast. VW claims the Polo drinks at 5.5L/100km in com­bined driv­ing.


The Polo has a five-star ANCAP rat­ing. As with the Ba­rina there are six airbags. disc brakes all-round, ABS, trac­tion and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol and elec­tronic brake­force dis­tri­bu­tion. The Polo also has a hill start brake. The Com­fort­line comes stan­dard with a full-sized spare.


The Polo is an en­joy­able drive. That 1.2-litre turbo looks small on paper but feels re­spon­sive to the pedal and grunty in the metal. The han­dling is great with the car re­as­sur­ingly planted in the cor­ners. The ride can feel a lit­tle springy with the rear tor­sion beam sus­pen­sion but is still smooth. The steer­ing is a lit­tle heavy but ac­cu­rate.

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