Volkswagen: 2014 Polo 1.4 R-Line

Volkswagen: 2014 Polo 1.4 R-Line

DSC_0055Volkswagen is celebrating its 60th year of operation in New Zealand and the Polo is now run out as a new model is due shortly.

The current pricing will further stick a wounding knife into the Korean and Japanese mass market brands.

The range starts with the 1.4-litre 63kW Polo Comfortline five-speed manual model, priced from $19,990 (formerly $22,990) while the same model with a six-speed DSG transmission is priced at $24,900 (formerly $25,990).

The 1.4-litre automatic R-Line 60th anniversary model as driven and pictured here is currently on run out at $27,990.

DSC_0052The raised suspension CrossPolo TSi with the turbocharged 1.2-litre engine is currently priced at $29,900 (it was $36,250, and the 1.4-litre twin-charged Polo GTI with 132kW on tap, has been reduced to $34,750 from $38,750 for the run out sale.

The R-Line is a sporty looking Polo, but its not a pocket rocket such as its GTI sibling, its performance is mild rather wild.

It is differentiated from the 1.4-litre Comfortline model by its R-Line exterior trim package that includes different bumpers, sill extensions and a rear spoiler as well as 17 inch Mallory alloy wheels.

DSC_0050Buyers of the Polo R-Line can also opt for factory sports suspension (lowered approx. 15mm) priced at $750, and if really needed, the optional rear parking sensors are $750.

A panorama sunroof can also be optioned for an additional $2000.

Inside the cabin there’s an R-line leather covered multifunction sports steering wheel as well as R-Line Kyalami/San Remo fabric upholstery which is wrapped around the sports bucket style front seats.

The colour touchscreen RCD 510 Radio CD system is easily navigated and is MP3 and WMA file compatible, it offers a USB adaptor cable for iPod, and hands free Bluetooth telephone operation.

To emphasis the uniqueness of this model the metal kick plates on the door sills have a subtle R-line signature. Privacy glass for the rear window and rear side windows is standard, which Volkswagen says will absorb 65% of incoming light.

As can expected from a small European car running on 17 inch wheels shod with low profile tyres, the ride is firm and the handling precise, but the Polo is generally comfortable on the wide spectrum of New Zealand road surfaces.

Noise, vibration and harshness in the cabin are minimal, and the 1.4-litre engine happily propels the car along in a swift fashion, even more so when the Sport mode of the seven-speed DSG transmission is engaged.

Fuel economy is the Polo’s strong suit, and the R-Line model doesn’t disappoint, Volkswagen quote a combined average of 5.8L/100km and this is quite easily achieved.

The Polo R-Line gives buyers another option to consider when buying a light car. It not only offers user friendly features, five-star safety and excellent economy coupled with strong residual values, there’s also a scheduled service plan for three years or 45,000km for $995.

Specifications:

  • Body type:                      Five-door hatch
  • Drive:                              Front-wheel-drive
  • Engine type:                   Inline four-cylinder
  • Engine capacity:           1390cc
  • Max power:                    63kW/5000rpm
  • Max torque:                   132Nm/3800rpm
  • Fuel consumption:       5.8L/100km
  • C02 emission:                135g/km
  • 0 to 100km/h:               11.9sec
  • Airbag:                            6
  • ESP:                                 Yes
  • Air conditioning:          Climate
  • Satellite navigation:     No
  • Cargo cover:                   Yes
  • Boot capacity:                280/952 litres
  • Wheel type:                    17-inch alloy
  • Spare tyre:                      Steel full size

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