2018 Volkswagen Polo rundown

Volkswagen has introduced the new-generation Polo - physically much larger than before,  and better equipped than most offering similar boot space.

At $20,490 plus on-road costs, the 85TSI launch edition offers a 85kW/200Nm, 1.0 turbo petrol three-cylinder offers a fuel economy of 5.0 l/100km – a car ideal for getting you through city driving.

The interiors of the Polo range offers basics such as keyless entry, automatic headlights and wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirrors, vanity mirror lights, rear map lights, cloth trim, power windows and mirrors, cruise control and manual air-conditioning.

The 8.0-inch colour touchscreen with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming showcases Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring, wireless phone charging and six speakers.

A Driver Assistance Package can also be bought into – which includes adaptive cruise control, blight-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors with auto reverse-park assistance and electric fold door mirrors.

All Polos – except the GTI – share the same suspension, the 85TSI Launch Edition showcases 16- inch wheels with Continental ContiPremium Contacts.

This new generation Polo offers an ANCAP rating of 5 stars – with safety features including dual front, front-side and full-length curtain airbags, ABS, ESC, reverse-view camera, forward collision warning with low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection.

Polo 70TSI Trendline starts at $17,990 (plus on-road costs) delivers 70kW of power plus 175Nm torque and wears 15-inch steel wheels.

Next model up, the Comfortline comes in at $19,490 (plus on-road costs), 85kW/200Nm showcases 15-inch wheels, auto on/off headlights and wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear map lights and map pockets, vanity mirror lights and a front center armrest.


The 85TSI Beats edition is also soon to be available, at $22,490 will offer all of the above plus sports seats, 300-watt Beats audio and a full-colour driver display.