This was confirmed last week and Volkswagen has officially released information on the price and specifications of the new Polo Sedan.
The Polo Sedan, which has sold 44,267 units since its launch in South Africa eleven years ago despite the recent slump in sedan sales, is once again coming from India, but this time with the second-generation Virtus serving as the base instead of the Vento. .
Touted by Wolfsburg as a model that will “rethink” the small sedan segment, the newcomer rides on the MQB A0-IN platform that underpins not only the Virtus but also the Taigun, a special version of the T-Cross for the Indian market.
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Sharing the same dimensions as the Virtus, with an overall length of 4,561mm, a wheelbase of 2,651mm, a height of 1,507mm and a width of 1,752mm, the Polo Sedan is both longer and taller than its predecessor, but retains an almost identical boot volume 521 liters.
In line with the locally produced Polo Hatch trim designation, the Polo Sedan comes in two specification grades; base and Life with the former’s standard elements, which include a seven-inch Composition Media infotainment screen with App-Connect, LED headlights, 16-inch steel wheels, a multifunction steering wheel and cruise control.
Stepping up the ante, the Life gets keyless entry and push-button start, Climatronic air conditioning, an upgraded 10-inch Discover Media infotainment system, a leather steering wheel and gearshift lever, power folding mirrors, an eight-speaker sound system, and a wireless smartphone charger. , front fog lights, chrome exterior details, ambient lighting and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Safety-wise, both derivatives come standard with six airbags, electronic stability control, collision braking, rear parking sensors and, in the Life’s case, a reversing camera, as well as hill-start assist.
Up front, unlike the Indian and South American market Virtus, the Polo Sedan ditches the 1.0 and 1.5 TSI turbocharged engines for the normally aspirated 1.6-litre unit used by its predecessor.
The mill, however, has been upgraded and now produces 81kW/152Nm sent to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox, or in the Life’s case, an optional six-speed Tiptronic.
However, it should be noted that the automatic shifter prevails as the only model that has the aforementioned hill start assist.
Claimed top speed is 190km/h for the manual gearbox and 187km/h for the Tiptronic, with 0-100km/h sprints taking 11.2 seconds and 12.2 seconds respectively. Fuel consumption is 6.2 L/100 km for the former and 6.5 L/100 km for the latter.
Available in five colors; Available in Candy White, Reflex Silver Metallic, Carbon Steel Gray Metallic, Rising Blue Metallic and Wild Cherry Red Metallic, the Polo Sedan’s sticker price includes a three-year/120,000km warranty as well as a three-year/45,000km service plan.
- Polo Sedan 1.6 – R318,300
- Polo Sedan 1.6 Life – 345,600 rubles
- Polo Sedan 1.6 Life Tiptronic – R365 500