Road Test Volkswagen Polo Vivo 1 4 Hatch SA Car FanSA Car Fan — Volkswagen Polo Vivo

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Volkswagen Polo Vivo

Road Test: Volkswagen Vivo 1.4 Hatch

The Volkswagen Vivo was launched to much in March this year – a look at the star-studded launch at Sun Since then the Vivo has topping the monthly passenger sales charts, selling 2 546 in May 2010 alone. There’s reason for this, you can now get a Volkswagen from R101 500. it’s more expensive the Citi Golf it replaces, but you’re getting a lot more car for money .

First off, easy to dismiss the new Vivo as a rebadged Mk4 Polo, which it is, and it’s a big but, 70% of what you see on the is completely new. Behind the Volkswagen South Africa invested over R1 billion in local manufacturing facilities and parks to bring the Vivo to at a competitive price . Not only has benefited the pockets of Vivo but it also ensures the car’s in terms of replacement parts at low prices.

To set it apart from the Mk4 Polo, the new has received a number of changes to the styling. These include new front and rear, with a front grille combination the car in-line with the modern of the Volkswagen range . Other changes include the removal of the strips on all sides of the car, as as the side indicators having relocated from within the mirrors to inside the headlight

Inside the Vivo offers a feel for a car of its class. A soft-touch faux-leather covered steering and comfortable cloth trimmed offer a pleasing tactile to the little VW. If you play spot-the-difference to the previous Polo, you’ll there are no under-seat storage no grab handles and just a cup holder ahead of the gear

There is however, still a tray under the steering and below the cubbyhole, a fair of space within the door and two cup holders available to rear These storage areas have a rubber mat so your don’t roll around The boot will hold or 635-litres with the fixed bench seat folded A nice feature is that of the wheel’s height and reach but the driver’s seat felt a bit too and can’t be lowered, which some getting used to.

an entry level model, the is a bit more ‘raw’ when to the previous generation Polo it is on. When you open the boot, the painted metal of the rear seat stares you in the face, the of the boot is no thicker than a of cardboard and underneath it, the spare tools and jack are crudely with a cheap looking Likewise there is no trim the bare metal on the interior of the hatch and the same goes for the passenger doors. This of insulation also means the note intrudes slightly than expected into the But despite these perceived the Polo Vivo endeared to us .

The buzz from the little 55 kW gave our test car some and we enjoyed the aural feedback our throttle inputs. With 132 N.m of torque available at 3 600 r/min the needs to be kept ‘on the boil’ via the manual gearbox. Not much below 2 000 r/min, but once the rev range the Vivo is quite around town and hums comfortably at our national speed on the open road.

The suspension offers as comfortable a as one could expect from a car. The small 14-inch and tyres feel every but the suspension has enough dampening and to shield you from the worst. roll is noticeable in the corners, as is the of lateral support from the but the Vivo handles well and the is light and satisfactory.

Standard includes an immobiliser, airbags for the and front passenger, a rear wiper and full-size spare Our test car was fitted with an alarm with remote locking . The system automatically the doors when pulling off and them again when you the key from the ignition, with the of the boot. It proved slightly having to return to the cabin to the unlock button on the dashboard, time we stopped and needed to get to the boot.

Other optional extras to our test car included an air-conditioner, player with 4 speakers, ABS and paint. These extras the price as tested to R124 There are plenty of worthy at this price, but few can match the of space, performance and build offered by the Vivo. Sure, the value lies with the entry level 1,4-litre models and if your budget past the R125k mark, be wise to consider your in terms of specification levels for money.

The Vivo’s uniquely African story certainly us a sense of VW’s ‘people’s heritage, but regardless of this, the level Vivo offers and affordable transport from

Volkswagen Polo Vivo

What We Like…

The proudly African nature of the Vivo.

The quality.

The vocal and free-revving engine.

What We Would Like…

The to unlock with the doors as of the central locking system.

A adjustable driver’s seat.

Volkswagen Polo Vivo
Volkswagen Polo Vivo
Volkswagen Polo Vivo
Volkswagen Polo Vivo
Volkswagen Polo Vivo
Volkswagen Polo Vivo


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