Written by: Tim Marsh
Are you in the market for an affordable yet impressive hatchback? If so, then the Volkswagen Polo is one for your test-drive list. And for those hot hatch lovers, the sporty VW Polo GTI is probably right up your alley. Read on for the lowdown on the competition and the VW Polo pricein our 2013 VW Polo Review.
The four variants are the 1.4L petrol Trendline, 1.2l TSI turbocharged 77TSI Comfortline, 1.6L TDI turbocharged diesel 66TDI Comfortline, and the 1.4L TSI twincharged GTI.
Exterior and Style
The Trendline and Comfortlines are available in a five-door model, which is neat, tidy and attractive. The GTI comes in either a three or a five-door variant, and offers extra sporty styling such as 17” alloy wheels, and a radiator grille with black honeycomb inserts.
Interior and Comfort
The Volkswagen Polo cockpit has been newly designed, and features a soft-touch dashboard, ergonomically designed front seats that VW says improves comfort, as well as a new generation RCD310 audio system that comes with MP3 compatibility. There is also an optional Media Device Interface.
Under the Bonnet
The entry-level Trendline offers 63kW/132Nm, while the diesel 66TDI brings 66kW/230Nm to the table. At the top of the three is the 77TSI Comfortline, with 77Kw/175Nm.
The standout of the lot of course is the VW Polo GTI, which has said to be the quickest in its class and can run 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds. We suppose it
helps too that it’s lighter than most handbags. The precise figures are 132kW/250Nm.
On the Road
There’s very little engine or road noise, as is typical for VW, and the ride in the three bottom level Polos is comfortable, zippy, supportive and controlled.
The GTI is a bit sketchy off the mark if you’re heavy on the throttle though, so be mindful of front-wheel spin. It’s also less refined than the other models for ride comfort, and is probably more of an enthusiast’s car – well worth the effort for the pure fun and enjoyment of the drive.
VW prides itself on safety, and this shows in even the entry-level Polo. With airbags, ESP, ASR, ABS, Brake Assist, EDL, EBD and HAS as standard, it’s no wonder that all four variants have received a five-star safety rating from ANCAP.
Value for Money
The VW Polo price kick-starts at $16,990 for the Trendline manual, and travels up through the ranks to a top figure of $29,190 for
the five-door VW Polo GTI.
2013 Volkswagen Polo Trendline 6R Manual: $16,990
2013 Volkswagen Polo 77TSI Comfortline 6R Manual: $18,990
2013 Volkswagen Polo Trendline 6R Automatic: $19,490
2013 Volkswagen Polo 77TSI Comfortline 6R 4 Cylinder, 1.2 Litre, 5.5/100km: $21,490
2013 Volkswagen Polo 66TDI Comfortline 6R 4 Cylinder, 1.6 Litre 4.6/100km: $23,990
2013 Volkswagen Polo GTI 6R 3 Door Hatch: $27,790
2013 Volkswagen Polo GTI 6R 5 Door Hatch: $29,190
In terms of competition we have the Toyota Yaris, Mazda 2 and Hyundai i20. In our opinion, the VW Polo already has the jump due to its classy yet understated image.
However, it is also the priciest of the lot, with the Mazda 2 coming in the closest at $15,790 to $22,145. The Yaris is mere pocket change at just $14,990 and then topping out at $21,790, while the Hyundai i20 has the lowest premium price starting at $15,990 and going up to just $19,590.
As for power, the VW GTI slaughters the competition, as might be expected. The closest contender is the Hyundai i20 Premium, which offers
Servicing costs for the VW Polo are traditionally higher than the other car brands, however, which is something important to keep in mind.
The VW Polo is definitely one of our favourite hatchbacks. And with this in mind, we’re not going to beat around the bush. Verdict? Thumbs up for the Volkswagen Polo.
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