Volkswagen says that the 2014 VW Polo offers the widest range of assistance systems in its class – and in addition to that, it features a range of technical and cosmetic updates that include uprated infotainment systems and new TSI engines and transmissions. There’s even the option of a DSG gearbox.
The Polo is said to be the first car in this segment equipped with Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard. A Driver Alert System is also standard.
The new engines improve fuel economy by as much as 20 per cent. Initially, the engines available are four-cylinder 1,2 TSI units from 66 to 81 kW. Claimed economy on the 66 kW engine is 4,9 litres/100 km; CO2 emissions are 117 g/km. Transmissions on the new Polo are 6-speed as standard or optional 7-speed DSG.
Two models are available with 125-mm touchscreens. The entry level version features a monochrome screen, four speakers, SD card, and AUX-IN. Pricier models get a colour display, two additional rear loudspeakers, CD player, MP3 functionality, SD card input and USB and Bluetooth.
Active safety features on the VW Polo include ABS plus ESC electronic stabilisation programme with Multi-collision braking system and hill-hold control assistant. Standard passive safety features are front airbags and combined head-thorax airbags, height-adjustable three-point safety belts in the front, belt tensioners and belt force limiters in the front as well as Isofix fittings for child seats.
Price: from R188 300, including 3 year/45 000 km service plan.