Volkswagen Polo sedan dons new attire

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 15, 2015

With its hatch sibling having recently benefitted from the addition of new models, including the return of a manual gearbox in the performance GTI, Volkswagen has given the sedan version of its top selling Polo a mid-life facelift with the introduction of a new engine and revised spec level.

Compared to the hatch, the sedan, which is sourced from India where it is badged as the Vento, features a completely redesigned front clip inspired by the Jetta with new headlights, revised front and rear bumpers, chrome door handles and grille surrounds on high spec models, and door mirror integrated indicators.

Changes to the inside however mirrors that of the Polo and includes upgraded trim and fabrics, flat bottomed multi-function steering wheel and a new infotainment system.

As before, the sedan will be offered in two trim levels, spread over a six model line-up with the option of two petrol and one turbodiesel engine.

Available in both Trendline and Comfortline specs, petrol power is once again provided by a 1.4 or 1.6-litre normally aspirated engine instead of the hatch’s TSI forced induction units.

Figures remain as is with the former making 63 kW and 132 N.m of torque, and the latter 77 kW and 155 N.m of torque. A five-speed manual is the sole transmission offering on the 1.4 with a six-speed Tiptronic available as an option on the 1.6 Comfortline.

Combined fuel consumption is rated at 5.9 L/100 km for the 1.4 and 6.0 L/100 km for the 1.6 (AT: 6.5 L/100 km), with emissions coming in at 139 g/km and 143 g/km (154 g/km) respectively.

On the diesel scene, the previous 1.6 makes way for a 1.5 that continues to produce 77 kW and 250 N.m of torque. Available only in Comfortline spec and with the manual box, fuel consumption is a claimed 4.9 L/100 km and emissions at 128 g/km.

Standard spec on the Trendline includes a four-speaker MP3 compatible sound system with USB and Aux input, full-trip computer, electric windows all around, 14-inch steel wheels, height adjustable driver’s seat, colour coded mirrors, bumpers and door handles, air-conditioning, central locking, four airbags and ABS.

Capping the line-up off, the Comfortline adds 15-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, height adjustable passenger’s seat, leather wrapped steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake lever, electric mirrors, interior chrome inserts and front foglights.

A three year / 120 000 km warranty and three year / 45 000 km service plan is standard on all models.

 

PRICING

MODELS POWER PRICE
1.4 Trendline 63 kW / 132 N.m R189 900
1.4 Comfortline 63 kW / 132 N.m R207 900
1.6 Trendline 77 kW / 155 N.m R204 900
1.6 Comfortline 77 kW / 155 N.m R219 900
1.6 Comfortline Tiptronic 77 kW / 155 N.m R234 900
1.5 TDI Comfortline 77 kW / 250 N.m R247 200