Polo gets a big­ger jacket

SA most pop­u­lar pas­sen­ger car is in­tro­duces new Ac­tive Info Dis­play and goes like the first GTI

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

SOUTH Africa’s best­selling pas­sen­ger car, the new Polo, has been com­pletely re­designed to present more in­te­rior room, more ef­fi­cient en­gines and pi­o­neer­ing driver as­sis­tance sys­tems.

The new ex­te­rior de­sign of the sixth gen­er­a­tion Polo aims to en­dow the car with a sportier and more ma­ture look.

Billed as one of the world’s most ad­vanced com­pact cars, with a mul­ti­tude of driver as­sis­tance sys­tems that were pre­vi­ously re­served for the Golf and Pas­sat class, the new Polo is also big­ger than its pre­de­ces­sor in ev­ery di­men­sion,

Apart from more space for the driver and pas­sen­gers, this has sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased boot vol­ume, which in­creased from 280 to 350 litres.


The new Polo will be avail­able in the three trim lines: Trend­line, Com­fort­line and High­line, and also as a spe­cial Beats ver­sion (with a 300-watt Beats sound sys­tem). The Polo GTI will be launched in South Africa in the sec­ond quar­ter.

The spe­cial edi­tion Polo Beats fea­tures a 300-watt sound sys­tem, R-Line pack­age with a sporty ex­te­rior fea­tur­ing C-shaped front air cur­tains, side sills, boot spoiler, rear dif­fuser and 17-inch Bon­neville al­loys.

Par­al­lel to the stan­dard fea­tures, the trim lines fea­ture dif­fer­ent in­te­rior trims, colours and fab­rics.

One of the most strik­ing in­di­vid­u­al­i­sa­tion fea­tures is the in­stru­ment panel with the dash­pad.

New for this gen­er­a­tion of Polo, this dash­pad is of­fered with dif­fer­ent coloured trims.

Two dash­pad coloured trims are avail­able; Lime­stone Grey Metal­lic on the Trend­line and Com­fort­line and Deep Iron Metal­lic on High­line.

Own­ers of the new Polo will es­pe­cially en­joy the new gen­er­a­tion Ac­tive Info Dis­play, which makes its de­but in the Polo.

The com­bines the new Ac­tive Info Dis­play and the new eight­inch touch­screen to form a mod­ern, glass-en­cased func­tional unit that cre­ates an el­e­gant ap­pear­ance com­bined with sim­ple con­trols sim­i­lar to a high-end smart­phone.

The Ac­tive Info Dis­play is avail­able in South Africa from launch and is op­tional on the Com­fort­line and High­line mod­els.


MQB A0 as the ba­sis. Like the Golf, Touran, Tiguan, Pas­sat and Ar­teon, the Polo is now also based on the mod­u­lar trans­verse ma­trix (MQB).

Here the A0 ver­sion is adapted for par­tic­u­larly com­pact mod­els and has a whole ar­mada of ad­van­tages.

A wider wheel base and longer axle length short­ens the over­hangs, al­low­ing the new Polo to keep the han­dling prom­ises made by the sportier ap­pear­ance, although the neu­tral set­ting of the dampers keep fo­cus on a safer ride.

The front sus­pen­sions of the Polo fea­ture coil spring struts and lower wish­bones with a track-sta­bil­is­ing scrub ra­dius and an anti-roll bar.

The rear run­ning gear con­sists of a semi-in­de­pen­dent twist­beam sus­pen­sion with an in­te­grated anti-roll bar.

Gas-filled dampers and sep­a­rate springs on the rear axle pro­vide for op­tional sus­pen­sion.


The small­est TSI for the new Polo, the 1,0-litre three-cylin­der TSI, has an out­put of 70 kW at 5 000 rpm and torque of 175 Nm from 2,000 rpm.

The tur­bocharged en­gine, which is stan­dard for both the Polo Trend­line and Com­fort­line, is both agile and ef­fi­cient.

The 1,0 TSI ac­cel­er­ates to 100 km/h in 10,8 sec­onds — quite re­spectable for a three cylin­der. Top speed is a claimed 187 km/h, which is as fast as the first Golf GTI.

These fig­ures ap­ply to both the five-speed man­ual gear­box ver­sion and the op­tional sev­en­speed DSG ver­sion for this en­gine.

The high agility is cou­pled with low com­bined fuel con­sump­tion of 4,5 l/100 km (cor­re­spond­ing to 103 g/km CO2).

The seven-speed DSG has a fuel con­sump­tion of 4,7 l/100 km and emits 107g/km of CO2.

The lit­tle three-cylin­der is also chipped to make 85 kW at 5 000 rpm and 200 Nm from 2 000 rpm.

This en­gine will be launched with a six-speed man­ual gear­box as stan­dard and op­tion­ally with a seven-speed DSG.

The tur­bocharged di­rect in­jec­tion en­gine de­vel­ops its peak out­put at 5 000 rpm to make for a lively ride.


New fea­tures for the Polo in­clude the lane change sys­tem Blind Spot Mon­i­tor with Rear Traf­fic Alert, semi-au­to­mated Park As­sist sys­tem for ex­it­ing park­ing spa­ces, the proac­tive oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion sys­tem and a ma­noeu­vre brak­ing func­tion.

The lat­ter au­to­mat­i­cally pro­tects against mi­nor but of­ten ex­pen­sive park­ing dents.

The op­tional Key­less Ac­cess lock­ing and en­gine start­ing sys­tem, which is also new, can be used to un­lock and start up the Polo.

The radar-based sen­sor mo­d­ule even de­tects ob­jects at dis­tances of up to 40 me­tres and recog­nises ob­jects mov­ing at speeds of 4 km/h or above.

The new Volk­swa­gen Polo mod­els come stan­dard with a three-year or 45 000 km Ser­vice Plan, three year or 120 000 km war­ranty and a 12-year anti-cor­ro­sion war­ranty. Ser­vice in­ter­vals are 15 000 km.


1.0 TSI Trend­line .......... R235 900 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


The sixth gen­er­a­tion Polo is built at the Volk­swa­gen fac­tory in Uiten­hage, one of only three plants in the global Volk­swa­gen pro­duc­tion net­work that as­sem­bles the Polo hatch for ex­port mar­kets.


The new Polo’s Ac­tive Info Dis­play has a eight-inch touch­screen that pairs with sim­ple con­trols sim­i­lar to a high-end smart­phone.

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