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New Polo more elegant and purposeful than before

   02 March 2018   l   Paul Smith    l   Views: 103   l   53 days ago  


The all new Polo Vivo GT. Photo: quickpic.co.za

Volkswagen’s biggest news in 2017 was the launch of their impressive all-conquering V6 Amarok. 

The Amarok is so powerful, well appointed, comfortable and smooth that it comfortably rules the roost and keep all competitors quiet.

This year, Volkswagen is off to a really quick and confident start. Over the past eight years Volkswagen has been able to consistently produce the two top-selling passenger vehicles in our market. The Polo and Polo Vivo both offered exactly what buyers wanted and with the arrival of a brand new Polo the outgoing model was pushed straight into the City Golf mould of an extended second lease on live budget model.  

In line with motoring tradition, the new Polo is wider and longer than the old model and it seems more elegant and purposeful than before. The roofline has been sliced by 7 mm producing a sleek stance not unlike that of the current Golf. For now, all models get momentum courtesy of the 1.0 TSi powerplant in two levels of tune — a mild 70 kW and a slightly gutsier 85 kW model. It is a completely new model with improved everything and prices start at R235 200 for the Trendline base model.

Meanwhile, the outgoing model was too good and too popular to simply pack away and Volkswagen immediately went to work cutting production costs and sticking Vivo badges on them. It is hard to notice exactly what went missing in the evolution process from Polo to Vivo, but still Volkswagen is able to sell the Vivo at very competitive prices. Those that recently invested in a Polo might be disappointed seeing the reduced price tags of the Vivo starting at only R179 900. 

Apart for the range topping 1.0 TSi engine in the GT model, the Vivo is also available with lesser 1.6 and 1.4 liter petrol engines. The 1.4 55 kW Trendline is available at R179 900 while the GT will set enthusiastic drivers back R245 000, no less than R40 000 cheaper than the new Polo with a similar engine. The new Polo will most probably experience the stiffest competition from within its own stable.




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