2018 Volkswagwen Polo Comfortline

Representing the most significant generational change to a Volkswagen since the arrival of the class-leading Tiguan SUV almost two years ago, the sixth generation Polo redefines its segment being more sizable than a Golf of Mark 4 (1998) vintage yet priced significantly below the current Mark 7.5 Golf.

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VOLKSWAGEN’s mould-breaking new Polo hatchback arrives in Australia priced from $17,990.

Being built on Volkswagen’s exceptionally modular MQB platform (which serves in its various sizes vehicles as varied as the Golf and the forthcoming Tiguan Allspace seven seat SUV), the Polo 6 is ostensibly a city car that boasts a greater luggage capacity at 351 litres than rival brand vehicles from the next segment up such as Mazda3, Ford Focus and Subaru Impreza.

Despite having grown out of its class, the Polo 6’s new three-cylinder turbo petrol engine ensures that it retains performance and efficiency comparable to the much smaller outgoing Polo, which won Australia’s major car of the year awards on its release in 2010.
Rivals of the Polo continue to offer obsolete naturally aspirated engines and four speed automatics – to say nothing of plastic steering wheels.IMG_0075

“Even the entry level manual Polo 6 features the Golf’s elegant, flat bottomed leather wheel with multi-media controls,” says Ben Wilks, Volkswagen Australia’s
General Manager of Product and Marketing.
“That literal touchpoint is emblematic of the Polo having graduated from its class not only in terms of physical growth, but in sophistication. The Polo 6 is obviously more up-market than rival cars. We’re talking less than $18K for fixtures such as a soft-touch dash top, wide touch screen and dual USB
charging ports. Apple Car Play and Android Auto remain standard.

“In terms of safety there’s autonomous emergency braking, six airbags, stability control and fatigue monitoring and reversing camera as standard.”
Initially, the Polo 6 comes in Trendline or Comfortline specification (with different tunes of the 1.0-litre three cylinder turbo petrol engine) plus a limited run
Launch Edition.

2018 Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Launch Edition DSG
2018 Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Launch Edition DSG.

The Polo GTI (with a 147kW/320Nm turbo four) and the Polo beats arrive later in the year.
Polo 70TSI Trendline
5 speed manual
7 speed DSG
Standard Features:

15 inch steel wheels
Front Assist with City EB and pedestrian monitoring
Driver Fatigue Detection
Low tyre pressure indicator
Multi-Function Display (MFD Plus)
Leather multi-function steering wheel
8 inch infotainment system
App-Connect, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Bluetooth phone connectivity
2 x USB ports
Rear View Camera (RVC)
Cruise control
Air conditioning
Height adjustment for front seats
Power windows
Electrically heated and adjustable exterior mirrors
Split/folding rear seat

Polo 85TSI Comfortline
6 speed manual

7 speed DSG
Standard Features:
As above plus:

15 inch alloy wheels
Automatic headlight function
Rain sensing wipers
Auto dimming rear-view mirror
Front centre armrest
Comfort cloth upholstery

Polo Launch Edition
6 speed manual

7 speed DSG
Standard Features:
As above plus:

16 inch alloy wheels
Inductive wireless charging
Dark tinted rear window glass
Front fog lights
Dark tinted LED tail lights

Metallic/Pearl Effect paint $500 (all models)
Driver Assistance package
(Comfortline and Launch Edition) $1,400

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Blind Spot Monitor with rear traffic alert
Park Assist with front and rear parking sensors
Manoeuvre braking, front and rear
Power folding door mirrors
Proactive occupant protection system

2018 Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Launch Edition DSG

Author: Rob Charlwood

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