The sixth generation of Polo is much bigger than the rest.
While the car’s height stayed nearly the same, the wheelbase, the inside length and width have expanded. This leads to an increased boot size which does not compromise occupant space, and a great rear leg room that has improved as well.
The length of the compact Volkswagen has grown by 81mm to 4 053mm, and its wheelbase has also been lengthened by 81mm to 2 548mm. This means that the wheels are now placed further to the front and rear, which makes the car look more powerful and sporty as well.
The design team took advantage of these redecorated dimensions to put a sporty and powerful Polo onto wheels of up to 18 inches in size.
Next to this, they feature the change of design itself; different interior trims, colors and fabrics.
One of the most striking individualization features is the instrument panel with the dash. The new thing they brought to this generation of Polo is the dash offered with different colored trims.
There are two dash colored trims which are available: Limestone Grey Metallic on the Trendline and Comfortline and Deep Iron Metallic on Highline.
The new generation of the Active Info Display makes its debut in the Polo.
This combines the new Active Info Display and the new 8-inch touchscreen to form a 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. The smallest TSI for the new Polo has an output of 70kW. The turbocharged engine, which is standard for both the Polo Trendline and Comfortline, is both agile and efficient.
The three-cylinder engine has torque of up to 175Nm. There is a 5-speed manual gearbox version and the optional 7-speed DSG version for this engine.
The most powerful 1.0 TSI / three-cylinder for the Polo is the version with 85 kW and 200Nm. 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 maneuver braking function.
The new optional Keyless Access locking and engine starting system, can be used to unlock and start the Polo.
There is also the new Polo’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System can help to avoid secondary collisions or at least reduce their severity. After an initial collision, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System automatically initiates a braking action even before the driver can react.
This will help with reducing the severity of accidents and it is ideal to prevent secondary collisions.
Park Assist automatically guides the Polo into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces, and it is also able to reverse out of parallel parking spaces.
It is easy to operate since it is activated by pressing a button on the centre console.
With the help of the indicators, the driver selects the side on which he wants the car to be parked. If Park Assist detects a parking space that is large enough, then assisted parking can begin. – in explanation: the driver engages reverse gear and only needs to accelerate and brake.
An automatic braking function is very helpful if there happens to be insufficient space and the car takes care of the steering.
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 Trendline base version has a very good equipment. In standard features are included assistance systems such as the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as well as LED daytime running lights and front and rear curtain airbags.
Front Electric Windows, Composition Colour infotainment system with four speakers and a Connectivity Package featuring Bluetooth and USB also come as standard.
At the Comfortline trim level, additional details include Multi-function Display “Plus”, the Composition Colour infotainment system with six speakers, leather multi-function steering wheel, Driver Alert System and front and rear electric windows.
Those who select the Highline get features such as Composition Media infotainment system, App Connect, Voice Control, Sport seats, Cruise Control with speed limiter and white LED ambient lighting (front doors and instrument panel).