New Volkswagen Polo
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The new generation Volkswagen Polo has received a fresh and dynamic re-design, reflecting a more modern appearance and building upon the Polo’s vivacious and unique shape. The popular compact hatch remains comfortable and practical with a good use of space, clever controls, a well-organised dashboard and new styling that will very much appeal to the younger market with it’s more sporty and stylish exterior.
This most recent generation of the Polo will be available in two equipment levels, the 3 door Club and 5 door Match or TDI, and the overall effect of the latest design elements works well for both. The Club now appears more coupe like thanks to the ascending lateral curve, while the Match conveys stature and solidity in its clear design and third side window in the C-pillar.
From the A-pillars, a striking curve stretches over the bonnet to the new V-shaped radiator grille, giving the Polo a significantly more striking and powerful look. The strong grille treatment is further enhanced with the eye-catching circular headlights extending into the front bumper in a bow shape which now houses the front indicators, and the side indicators have been integrated into the door mirrors. The re-designed front end makes the Polo 3,916mm, longer by 19mm over the previous model. Width (1,650mm) and height (1,456mm) remain the same.
The new design continues through to the rear of the Polo, with the rear window ending in a V-shape in the lower frame area, making the Polo appear lively and sporty when viewed from behind. The re-designed rear lights also pick up on the front ends circular headlight elements and clearly give the Polo a dynamic appearance.
Candy White or Flash Red are offered as standard paint choices, while Pearl Effect Black Magic or Metallic Reflex Silver or Tosca Blue are optional. Colour coded bumpers, door and tailgate handles, and outer rear view mirrors are standard.
Standard inclusions read like an options list, with Climatic semi-automatic air conditioning, height and reach adjustable power steering, central locking, engine immobiliser, driver and front passenger airbags, 3 point seat belts for all passengers, and tinted glass. The halogen headlights are able to be angle adjusted internally and the exterior mirrors are also electrically adjustable and heated. Storage compartments are plentiful, with a new integrated lower dashboard shelf offering the driver a convenient place to stow odds and ends. Audio entertainment is catered for with an AM/FM, single CD player, 4-speaker stereo. The instrument cluster has been re-designed and the blue adjustable illumination, a feature common across the Volkswagen range, has been retained.
Engines and Transmissions
There are two petrol engines and one diesel engine to choose from within the new Polo range. Both fuel injected petrol engines are 1.4 litre, with a choice of 55kw (Club) or 74kw, while the impressive 1.9 litre Volkswagen Turbo Diesel Injection engine delivers 74kw of power and an amazing 240Nm of torque from only 1,800 rpm. The 1.9 TDI engine offers a high level of refinement, as well as outstanding performance and economy.
The TDI package also includes the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD) as standard. All engines are matched to a 5 speed manual transmission, with a 4-speed automatic offered as an option for the Club and Match models (manual only on TDI).
The New Polo, with an impressive list of standard safety features, great small car performance dynamics and the lowest entry price for a diesel passenger car in the Australian market is priced from $16,990 for the 3 door Club, $19,990 for the 5 door Match and $22,990 for the 1.9 TDI. The latest generation of the Volkswagen Polo will have far greater appeal to a broader range of customers than ever before.
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