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Q I was look­ing at buy­ing the new Polo, but I see there is also a new Polo Vivo avail­able. What’s the dier­ence, and which is bet­ter?

The main di er­ence be­tween the new Polo and Polo Vivo is price. They com­pete in di er­ent seg­ments: the Polo com­petes with the Ford Fi­esta, Kia Rio, Re­nault Clio and Toy­ota Yaris; the Polo Vivo com­petes with more bud­get-friendly ri­vals such as the Re­nault San­dero, Suzuki Swift and Ford Figo. The Polo Vivo re­placed the much-loved Citi Golf as Volk­swa­gen’s bud­get o er­ing. It has re­mained the top-sell­ing car in South Africa since it launched in 2010.

The new Vivo is based on the ‰ifth­gen­er­a­tion Polo, so you can ex­pect re­ally great qual­ity and com­fort. You just need to de­cide on your bud­get. The Vivo starts at R179’900 and goes up to R245’000 for the top-of-therange GT, which has loads of fea­tures such as leather seats and a touch-screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. The Polo starts at R235’900 for the en­try-level model and goes up to R302’200. With the Vivo pack­ing value-for-money, I say Vivo all the way!

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