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Volkswagen Polo Classic

Verdict This made-in-China sedan falls short of the quality normally guaranteed by the writes Terry Martin

Polo Classic sedan

Chinese-built four-door is well and offers a stronger (1.6-litre) than the hatch version, but to a manual transmission. There is cause for concern over quality, but the chassis is sound. show. four airbags standard.

Engine: 1.6-litre

Power/Torque: 74kW/140Nm

Transmission: five-speed manual only

Five/1167-1190kg (unladen)

Fuel 45 litres/premium unleaded

Litres/100km: 7.9

0-100km/h: 10.9 seconds

circle: 10.6m

Airbags/ABS:

THERE is a fair chance the staff down at the Volkswagen will fail to mention the sedan is made in China. is one USP #150; unique selling #150; traffickers of the famous brand might well when boasting about the little car.

But, we wondered, should we be Other Volksies #150; and from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and even Porsche #150; in Australia are hammered together German borders.

Benz and BMW certain car lines from the States and South Africa, for The Audi TT hails from and batches of Porsche Boxsters set from Finland. Yes,

Meanwhile, the Polo hatchback and are built in South Africa, the in Mexico, the Kombi in Poland and the in the Slovak Republic. As well as interesting trivia, this a trend certain to continue as largest car-maker combats profits, fierce international and high labour costs on its soil.

Providing the car looks, behaves and holds together one made in Germany, Volkswagen AG have us believe we shouldn’t be at all that it came from where it costs less to #150; but comes with a rather than Asian, price.

But then we got our hands on the $23,990 Classic.

First, the clicking emanating from behind the panel when the electric and mirrors were used us as being out of character for the VW brand.

we noticed the el cheapo steering received a rude shock the dash-mounted cupholder barked at us, an awful whine when we the front passenger’s window, and driven round the bend a rattle in the right-hand B-pillar a few centimetres from the driver’s ear settled in for the duration of our test

Before long, the plastic encircling the left-rear interior button also began to from its position whenever the were unlocked.

Volkswagen all cars from China international standards, and indeed of the problems we encountered could be to the one vehicle. But they create considering this is the first Volkswagen has exported from the plant and that the German-built hatchback this writer back in 2000 felt as as a rock.

The term trial run used at the Classic’s launch starts to which is unfortunate because in other areas the sedan

The driving position is outstanding, for thanks to steering wheel and rake movement, full-seat adjustment, excellent seat and comfortable and supportive seat

Volkswagen Polo Sedan

The instruments, which turn at night, are well presented and the dash stack houses temperature dials and a high-mounted stereo unit.

The latter do with bigger buttons satellite controls on the steering and there are other minor in the cabin #150; such as a and undersized glovebox.

Yet there is excellent attention to detail: a sun-blocker between the main illuminated cosmetic mirrors, door grabhandles, a driver’s and numerous storage solutions including two under-seat drawers and a running across the length of the

Four airbags and air-conditioning are fitted standard. None of items is an automatic inclusion in the class.

Being 28cm than the hatchback, the Polo is much more functional in the seat and boot area.

adults will find the compartment tight but there is room in all directions for smaller and some welcome amenities a centre armrest, three headrests, three lap-sash (the centre belt into the seatback) and well-located seat anchor points.

room is much more than in the hatchback (its can be extended via the 60/40 foldable and base), and a full-size spare and storage area are underneath the Non-intrusive struts are used on the

There is a significant drawback the car in that no automatic transmission is leaving a less-than-slick five-speed the sole bedfellow with the honest 1.6-litre 16-valve

By no means an authoritative engine for class, it is nonetheless a stronger, flexible unit than the asthmatic 1.4, offering fuel consumption with no than an extra 165kg in kerb weight, and no real for the driver to wring its neck. on the required PULP, we averaged 8.5 per 100km on test.

The all-wheel brakes offer fair against fade, and ABS with brake-force distribution (EBD) is standard.

Using the same as the hatch, the sedan demonstrates levels of refinement on the road, the is accurate and not inclined to kickback the ride is firm, controlled and and the handling is, on the whole, secure.

More Made in China will come to Australia, Ford’s forthcoming, all-new sedan seen as one of the next (The current model from Spain.)


While we doubt each auto commitment to first-class manufacturing in after this initial we are still to see the results.

Volkswagen Polo Sedan
Volkswagen Polo Sedan
Volkswagen Polo Sedan
Volkswagen Polo Sedan

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