Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Upping the Ante with Quality; Vani Naidoo Discovers There's Plenty to Be Excited About

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Upping the Ante with Quality; Vani Naidoo Discovers There's Plenty to Be Excited About

Article excerpt

VOLKSWAGEN'S new Polo, its latest weapon in a considered attack on the competition, will be available at dealerships this weekend and the manufacturer has good cause to be excited.

Packed with classy inclusions and ground-breaking technology, this new car has been designed with both driver enjoyment and efficiency in mind.

There are just two variants - the 66TSI and 81TSI - in manual and DSG dual-clutch auto transmissions, a reflection of a concerted effort to simplify the range and the choices on offer.

There is no diesel, which accounted for 15% of the run-out model's sales, with Volkswagen citing improved petrol economy figures as the basis for their decision.

Comfort

The interior of the new Polo owes much to its Golf 7 bigger brother with that influence evident in the new centre stack, flat bottom steering wheel, the 3D instrumentation and the intuitive customisable MIB multimedia interface operated though a 12.7cm touch-screen.

Plastics are generally soft-spring and textured with the other materials and trim used adding to a surprising feeling of quality.

The entry-level Trendline is decidedly simpler and darker, but not oppressively so, while the Comfortline uses chrome highlights, seat trim and steering wheel controls to jazz up the funky factor.

Front seats are pretty supportive and comfortable across the shoulders and in the small of the back while the rear pew appears flatter and unsurprisingly shorter under the thigh.

Head and legroom are pretty standard for this segment with the back seat best suited to children.

On the road

To be honest I was not expecting the 1.2-litre direct injection engine to really impress thinking that it was likely to fall short of the 1.4-litre multi-injection unit it replaces. But the surprise was pleasant in its entirety as not only was the new Polo up to the task but it also managed to deliver a zippy fun drive.

True, our launch course was not the most challenging of loops, but it did present the Polo with the tricky bits it would have to negotiate in everyday life.

The steering wheel is comfortable in the hand and the Polo needs very little urging with the electro-mechanical steering providing a tad more feedback than you would think. …

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