Polo lim­bos un­der $16k

Dis­count drive-away pric­ing starts be­fore new VW hits show­rooms

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - News - JOSHUA DOWL­ING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING EDI­TOR

STAND by for more su­per­sharp deals in the city-car class. Volk­swa­gen has lim­boed to a $15,990 drive-away price for the up­dated Polo due in show­rooms later this month.

It’s a brand-new model yet it’s run-out pric­ing — an un­prece­dented deal for this model that meets its Ja­panese and Korean ri­vals head-on.

The Polo’s $15,990 drive­away price matches to the dol­lar the spe­cial deals on the topselling Mazda2 and Toy­ota Yaris. It is $500 more than a Holden Ba­rina and $1000 above a Hyundai i20 three-door.

There’s a catch: au­to­matic trans­mis­sion adds an un­usu­ally high $2500, bring­ing the self­shifter to $18,490 drive-away.

Volk­swa­gen Aus­tralia has not yet an­nounced the price to the pub­lic but it has dis­trib­uted pric­ing to deal­ers. The cur­rent model is in run-out for $15,490 drive-away.

The up­dated model is pow­ered by a 1.2-litre four­cylin­der turbo en­gine tuned to 66kW or a slightly perkier 81kW. The fuel ef­fi­ciency is such that VW has dropped the diesel op­tion.

Claimed av­er­age thirst for each is 4.7L/100km, a 23 per cent im­prove­ment on the out­go­ing petrol en­gine and nearly a match for the dis­con­tin­ued diesel (4.6L).

Both vari­ants in­sist on 95 RON pre­mium un­leaded, which is 10c-20c a litre dearer than reg­u­lar un­leaded — but you’ll use less of it.

Other up­dates are largely cos­metic, with sub­tle changes to the head­lights, grille and front bumper.

Mean­while, there is still no news re­gard­ing changes to the pop­u­lar Polo GTI. Volk­swa­gen is ex­pected to un­veil the up­date at the Paris mo­tor show in Oc­to­ber and it will go on sale in Aus­tralia early next year.

It is un­clear whether the GTI will get a new en­gine of a mildly re­vised ver­sion of the twin­charge (turbo and su­per­charged) 1.4-litre. Stocks of the cur­rent GTI will not be re­plen­ished even though it comes from a dif­fer­ent fac­tory (in Spain) to the reg­u­lar model, which is built in South Africa.

VW’s ag­gres­sive pric­ing on the new Polo range is be­ing viewed as part of its con­certed ef­fort to over­take Toy­ota by 2018. It has closed to the gap to global sales leader Toy­ota and may over­take the Ja­panese com­pany by the end of the year, well ahead of sched­ule.

Toy­ota has re­port­edly sold 5,097,000 ve­hi­cles in the first six months of the year, com­pared with VW’s re­ported tally of 4,970,000.

Toy­ota’s global tally last year for all brands was 9.98 mil­lion ve­hi­cles. GM sold 9.71 mil­lion and VW Group moved 9.7 mil­lion cars, vans and trucks.

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