Volkswagen Polo Vivo 1 4 Trendline Entrylevel? Yes but hardly cheap! … — Volkswagen Polo Vivo

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Volkswagen Polo Vivo 1.4 Entry-level? Yes, but hardly

Branko Brkic

Brkic is the and editor of The Daily Maverick.

As as we’d all like to drive a car, with the latest and every creature comfort, the is that few of us can afford those wheels. Instead, we have to price and value as primary together with reliability, and practicality. Does Volkswagen’s new contender, the Polo Vivo, fit the

A quick scan through the new car lists will reveal affordability still remains a term in South Africa. The below R100 000 are extremely and much of what is considered level is positioned between 000 and R150 000.

Sure you can get a new car for than R100 000. The Atos, for instance, is a current in that segment. But it’s and underpowered at Reef altitudes. The QQ3 is about the same size, but from flimsy finishes.

on the sub-R100K list are the Chevy and Tata’s Indica, as well as a of Chinese brands that an unknown quantity here. the strongest contender at this is Renault’s locally built hatch.

But you’ll need to spend than R100 000 for most of the so-called “budget beaters”, the Hyundai i10, Ford’s the Chevrolet Aveo and the Renault Volkswagen’s new Polo Vivo slots in here, and is now the most member of the VW passenger car stable.

It may be the successor to the much-loved, never-say-die Golf. Except that the which comes in hatchback and flavours, has raised the bar as far as size and are concerned.

So, here’s the problem. to the Citi Golf, the Polo has also gone up a couple of in price. While R85K or so have bought you a basic Golf before, the cheapest Hatch breaks the R100 000 with ease.

Those for the Polo Vivo 1.4 Trendline featured here will to contend with a R125 000 price and that’s bog standard, any options.

Okay, so as far as the price tag is the Vivo isn’t cheap. But exactly do you get for your hard-earned And how does that compare to the rivals?

Well, the Vivo is a slightly facelifted, previous-generation It’s a familiar package sold by the thousands in its previous

The car’s success was mainly due to a mix of robust build quality, packaging, comfortable appointments and road manners. In the case of the there was the added attraction of a boot too.

In many nothing’s changed. It might now the Vivo moniker, but VW’s subcompact sedan retains of its Polo predecessor’s conservative, design.

The only truly change is to the front end, has been freshened up with new a different grille and a revised If the result seems familiar, be surprised: It reflects what the brand likes to refer to as new face of Volkswagen”.

That identity has already been by the sexy Scirocco, the dull but competent Golf 6 and even the latest Polo.

The Vivo may have the new VW face, but the silhouette harks back to the previous four-door. And you’ll need to be a connoisseur to recognise the changes to the which consist mainly of new light clusters. but not a lot else.

prospective buyers might such aesthetic consistency, but who were hoping for a little originality will be less Still, the overall impression is and contemporary, with the presence of the VW adding vital street

Perhaps more important, and more tangible, is the impressive quality: the doors shut that reassuring thunk the invented and perfected. Narrow lines and tidy panel continue the quality theme, our test car’s paintwork top class.

More surprises behind those solidly doors. Those expecting a cabin are likely to be taken by the feel-good interior, which look entry-level at all. The are first class, the surfaces are to touch and the ambience oozes functionality.

The layout may be pretty fare, and like most the execution borders on the bland. But the allow for a comfortable driving with a clear view of the and the switchgear.

That the steering is rake and reach adjustable is departure from the entry-level And the seats offer better than their flat suggest.

Standard equipment in Trendline model is not exactly though. The window winders are as is the adjustment of the exterior mirrors. And vaguely luxurious costs Air-con, a sound system, and selective central locking.

they added some R13 000 to the price of the test car.

It may be short of creature comforts, but the does deliver on the safety Dual front airbags are as are the front and rear head and ABS anti-lock brakes. The one-touch are another welcome addition to the list.

At 432-litres, the boot is enough for the family luggage and It can also be extended by folding the rear bench seat. And a full-size spare wheel the cargo floor. But does the 1.4 have the guts to cope a boot filled to capacity?

this version of the Polo gets the more powerful of the two petrol engines on offer in the It produces 63kW of maximum together with a torque of 132Nm. The fuel-injected unit the front wheels via a five-speed gearbox.

Volkswagen Polo Vivo

Those output may sound humble, but in reality, the feels lively and eager to The combination of a nicely stacked set of ratios and a power unit enjoys being exercised, the feisty little sedan is to make the most of the engine’s

Also, don’t forget the underpinnings of the Vivo employ developed, current-generation technology, a rigid chassis to a well-sorted system that combines MacPherson struts, coil and an anti-roll bar, to a rear beam.

The 14-inch steel are shod with 175/65 R14 which offer ample and good steering feel, also allowing for pliancy and While it’s a pity the electrically assisted power feels too wooden to provide feedback, the short-shift gearbox is a joy to

Most of all, don’t too much of the Vivo’s straight-line figures. They don’t describe the car’s dynamic

While a zero-to-100km/h sprint of 12,2 seconds may sound par, the reality is that the sedan never feels of breath, as long as you keep the in the powerband. Top speed is a respectable

In theory, the fuel consumption be good too, but driving the with the enthusiasm it demands always increase its appetite for unleaded.

VW claims 6,2-litres/100km for the cycle, but our test consumption around the 9,2-litre/100km mark. And the CO2 rating comes to 147g/km, isn’t really cutting-edge an environmental perspective.

So, is the Polo too expensive for a so-called entry-level Or is its asking price warranted by the it offers? Put it this way: is a solid, recent-technology car that look or feel the budget

Also, it’s locally which should ensure parts supply and lower pricing, thereby reducing the cost of ownership. The result is a convincing budget offering but one far from cheap.

By Deon

Looks and feels more upmarket than its positioning suggests. Peppy too.

Aesthetics could be progressive. Not exactly cheap.


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