New technology and style
31 March, 2018, 12:00 am
IT’S more than just a car, more than beauty it’s a vehicle ready for adventures.
The Polo sedan is a vehicle ready for adventures and offers new technologies and a new stylish design.
The B-segment sedan market is a highly demanding one. For some car buyers, it’s the next step after they’ve gotten that raise, and want to give up their preloved Polo hatch back.
For others, it’s the sweet spot in terms of maneuverability and size, without having to dive into the C-segment market.
Aside from having to excel in urban driving, interested parties also have other expectations when shopping in this segment, including looks, equipment, handling, practicality and safety.
The challenge for any automaker is to meet these needs, while slapping on a price tag below the psychological mark, which is where a large chunk of the market is at.
The Volkswagen Polo sedan is the latest entrant to this battleground, ready to take the fight against established nameplates like the Toyota vios, Honda city and Mazda 2 sedan.
On the looks front, the Polo sedan is certainly a handsome looking thing. Though it may be a face-lifted Polo sedan, the significant exterior overhaul might trick some into believing it is a Passat Jr.
The big changes take place at the front, with a larger grille with three chrome slats, followed by a restyled hood and bumper. The latter now features rectangular fog lights, which join the halogen headlamps.
At the rear, the changes are more subtle, with a slightly tweaked bumper. Chrome trim pieces have also been added to the lower apron and boot-lid as well, and there are new graphics for the tail lamps.
Rounding up the exterior highlights are 16-inch ‘Syenit’ five-twin-spoke alloy wheels with a two-tone machined finish.
Under the hood, the Polo sedan highline gets a 1.2 litre TSI four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, a step up from the lower (Trendline and Comfortline) variants’ 1.6 litre MPI NA four-pot.
Power for the blown Euro 5 motor is 105 PS. at 5000 rpm, while torque is rated at 175 Nm (up by 22 Nm from the MPI) between 1550 and 4,100 rpm. Like on the previous CBU Polo Hatch, the partnering transmission is a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch unit.
To sum up, the Volkswagen Polo sedan delivers a wonderful driving experience thanks to its punchy powertrain and lovely dynamics that epitomises German engineering.
Beyond that, the Polo’s vulnerabilities are exposed when it comes to its feature set, of which the Honda and Mazda can offer more, and at a more enticing price tag. Does that make it a bad car?
Not in the slightest, because the Polo provides a much more composed drive compared to its rivals, which is something you’ll have to try to believe.