Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Anyone Up for a Game? Polo's Mature with a High-End Image

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Anyone Up for a Game? Polo's Mature with a High-End Image

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THEY may be in the a[approximately]light' segment, but pocket-rocket hatches are rolling their sleeves up for a heavyweight battle.

Volkswagen is the latest to really amp up its segment entry, with the new Polo hitting the market with a base model retail price of under $17,000.

According to VW, no other car in its class has such a mature and high-end image as the new Polo.

Comfort, quality and safety have all taken a considerable leap forward.

One example a among other things, the Polo was specifically designed to attain the recently established, stricter and more comprehensive, five-star EuroNCAP rating.

The greater structural rigidity of the Polo's bodyshell contributes to these results. In the footwell area alone, intrusion a related to the car body's resistance to deformation in a frontal crash a was lowered by 50%. In the case of a side impact, the intrusion value was reduced by 20%.

"The new Polo fulfils the highest standards of the automotive present and goes a step further," VW's board chairman Dr Martin Winterkorn said.

"Its extremely efficient drive technologies, best possible active and passive safety systems, a level of quality never before attained in this car class and impressive design all set new benchmarks in the fifth generation of this bestseller that has sold over 10.6 million units."

The Polo is equipped with standard ESP electronic stabilisation program with hill start assist, and it has a network of airbags on board, including front, front side and side curtain airbags (head airbag system for front and rear passengers), belt tensioners and belt force limiters plus seatbelt warning indicator and head restraints that counteract the risk of whiplash injury (both front seats), three rear head restraints with three-point seatbelts for all passengers.

Volkswagen has rearranged the line structure of its equipment lines since the previous model. …

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