Volkswagen: 2014 Polo 1.4 R-Line

July 24th, 2014 by Robert Barry

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. Continue reading “Volkswagen: 2014 Polo 1.4 R-Line” »

VW considering Polo R hot hatch based on WRC car

May 17th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Polo is seen by many to be the weaker and slightly more girly sibling for the Volkswagen Golf, but now with the smaller hatch’s entry in to the 2013 WRC that perception could change.

The high price of petrol and factors like the popularity of Gymkhana has changed the way the Ford Fiesta is viewed and the same could happen for VW’s Polo. This fact isn’t lost on the German carmaker and its getting busy scheming up a hot R version of the Polo that may be given the ability to embarrass more powerful machines. The Polo R WRC rally car (pictured), has plenty of branding for VW’s R division and some styling cues that could be toned down and included in a production hatchback. So it looks promising.

Ulrich Hackenberg, VW board member said in a recent interview that the WRC entry has made a Polo GTI-topping model “more likely”. “You can see how the World Rally Championship program would increase the probability of an R version of the base model,” said Hackenberg, who said that the launch of the Polo R would coincide with the start rally program in 2013.

If this micro menace does enter into production it will likely use a more powerful version of VW’s 1.4-litre turbocharged and supercharged engine currently seeing service in the Polo GTI. To be a true hot hatch the power figure will need to be over 150kW with the Polo GTI at 132kW. What isn’t known is if the Polo R will be offered with an all-wheel-drive system or, like the Scirocco R, be a front driver.

We’ll bring you more details on this Euro hot hatch as they come become available. Click here to read more and view a clip about the Polo R WRC car.

2011 VW Polo GTI arrives in NZ next month

January 13th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Polo GTI is back in New Zealand and it’s no toy either, packing a 132 kW/ 250Nm torque punch.

The light 1,194kg Volkswagen hot hatch will hit 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and go on to a top speed of 229 km/h. Under the bonnet lives VW’s award-winning twincharged 1.4-litre TSI engine (turbo plus supercharging). It’s a very strong motor considering its size and has proved a very popular mill in other VW product. The engine puts its power to the front wheels via a globally adopted 7-speed DSG gear box.

The new Polo GTI also has excellent fuel economy thanks to the downsizing of the 1.4-litre TSI engine and the 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. The new Polo GTI is now 25 percent more fuel efficient with a fuel consumption of 5.9 l/100 km.

Comfort features include electro-hydraulic power steering, electric windows in front and rear, central locking, driver seat height adjustment, climatronic air conditioning, cruise control, green tinted insulated glass and privacy glass in rear window and rear side windows with 65% light absorption. And, multimedia is far from overlooked with RCD 510 radio CD system with large high resolution, colour touch screen, 6-disc CD changer, MP3 and MWA file compatible and AUX-IN multimedia socket, iPod adapter cable and Bluetooth phone preparation.

The GTI will be the first Polo to be available with optional bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights, LED daytime running lights and corner marker lights.

VW GTI-specific features are always standard, such as red trim on the radiator grill and honeycomb on air intakes and front fog lights as well as a sport seat system with distinctive “JackyŸ upholstery, leather covered multi-function steering-wheel with GTI design DSG paddles, sports suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels in the telephone dialler design.

The NZ Golf GTI will be in a four-door body shape and will have safety features consisting of a highly effective airbag network, belt tensioners, front head restraints designed to avoid whiplash trauma as well as Isofix points on the rear bench seat. An electronic transverse differential lock (XDS) reduces the tendency to understeer and improves handling especially for quick driving through curves. Like all versions of the model series, the Polo GTI also comes equipped with the standard ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) including hill hold control.

The New Zealand 4-door Polo GTI will be available at an RRP of $37,500 in February 2011. Continue reading “2011 VW Polo GTI arrives in NZ next month” »

Volkswagen Polo TSI 2010 Review

July 2nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Take a quick look at a cars for sale section in any magazine or website and in the description of many small hatchbacks you’ll find the phrase ‘peppy’. But what does it really mean to be peppy? The dictionary would have you believe that peppy means “full of or characterized by energy and high spirits” and that’s probably correct but to save on words it could just have a photo of the new VW Polo TSI. What makes the second Polo variant available in NZ so lively is a new engine that’s low on displacement but very high on pep. Car and SUV took a closer look at the little Polo to solve the riddle of how less can really be more.

When the new Mk V Polo first touched down in NZ it was sold exclusively with a 1.4-litre 63kW engine, now it’s being offered with an all-new 1.2-litre unit. The new engine carries a $3k premium over the larger 1.4 motor but it’s money well spent because it must be the peppiest 4-cylinder in town. Using turbocharging to produce 77kW of power and a healthy 175Nm of torque the new engine is responsive and engaging. It suffers very little turbo lag and offers maximum torque from low in the rev range (1500 to 3500rpm) so it doesn’t need to be pushed hard. The TSI Polo will dash to 100kph in well under 10 seconds and has the mid-range punch to match much larger engines. But Grandmothers shouldn’t be scared off, the engine is well mannered at slower speeds and is never fierce on boost. With the pint-size engine and lightweight body the Polo also returns an impressive fuel economy of just 5.3l/100km combined.

With no manual option available in NZ the Polo TSI is fitted exclusively with a 7-speed DSG gearbox. It’s a modern piece of kit that changes seamlessly and gives a high-tech edge to the overall driving experience. Having seven ratios gives the smart gearbox a flexibility to either work through them rapidly keeping the Polo in its peak power band or focus on economy and get into a higher gear early. There is a sports mode available that keeps the engine in a lower gear and changes up later. There is also a sequential changing option on the gearshift for manual changes but steering wheel paddles are not available, even as optional equipment.

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Volkswagen Polo 2010 Review

February 19th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham


One of the best things about playing mini golf is that you get much of the pleasure of golf only condensed down into a simpler form. While the concept of mini golf works well as an activity for dating teen couples it hasn’t always worked so well for Volkswagen’s Polo. The Polo model has been around for 35 years making it only slightly younger than its Golf big brother. The Golf has gone on to be one of the most successful cars in history while the Polo has seen solid sales but has still shivered in its shadow as a smaller, less attractive substitute. Now, the Polo has entered its fifth-generation and unlike the Mark VI Golf is an all-new vehicle designed entirely from scratch.

The new Polo was created as a poster boy for VW to show its current focus on technology and simple modern design. It’s working well with the new Polo already winning the European Car of the Year Award for 2010. Car and SUV had some seat time in the latest Polo to see just what makes it so special.

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VW Polo wins 2010 European Car of the Year

December 1st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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The new VW Polo has scored a narrow triumph in the 2010 Car of the Year Award, beating six other finalists. The result, announced today, show that the Polo scored 347 points against 337 for Toyota’s new city car, the iQ. The pair were well ahead of the next-best runner, the Opel/Vauxhall Astra with 221 points, while the other finalists were the Skoda Yeti (158), the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (155), the Peugeot 3008 (144) and the Citroen C3 Picasso (113).

Announcing the result, Autocar’s Steve Cropley, who is one of six UK based jurors, and one of 59 car experts from 23 European countries who decide the award, revealed that the Polo was chosen as the winning car by 25 jurors, while the iQ was chosen by 20 jurors. The competition was neck-and-neck throughout the counting, with the Polo’s win confirmed only as the last vote was counted.

“This year’s results show that the body of COTY jurors firmly believes that small, economical cars were the best of this year’s crop,” says Cropley.  “The Polo is a very complete, very refined car which delivers all the consistent qualities VW has become so well known for. However, given its unusual layout, controversial looks and premium price, the iQ did amazingly well, and it was nice to see good support for the Astra, whose maker, GM Europe, was victorious this year with the Insignia executive car. The E-Class Mercedes, considered by many to be the maker’s best saloon model for years, was also well supported.”

The COTY jury is made up of 59 senior  motoring journalists from 23 countries. Their objective is to choose the most outstanding new car to go on sale in the past 12 months. Jurors vote twice:  first to select a short-list of seven from the new cars launched in Europe, then again to choose the winner.

New Volkswagen Polo launched in NZ

September 30th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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The new Volkswagen Polo was unveiled in NZ yesterday at a launch event held in Auckland. The new model marks the fifth generation of the Polo which has been a global sales success with more than 10.6 million vehicles sold worldwide.

Offering updated safety, technology and specification the all-new Polo has adopted Volkswagen’s distinctive new corporate face. It’s longer, wider and has space for five people and a larger luggage area than the outgoing model.

The car’s gain in width combined with a reduction in height lends the Polo a more dynamic stance. The design language itself is defined by sharp lines helping maintain an ultra-modern look and assisting VW Polo 2009 safetywith potentially high resale values.

Volkswagen put together a safety package for the new 5th-generation Polo including an optimised body structure, a highly effective belt and airbag combination and driver assist systems. The new Polo has been subjected to the more stringent Euro NCAP crash tests and received the best possible score of five stars.

In addition, the Polo is equipped with ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Program) as standard. This includes Hill Hold Control, ABS, TCS (Traction Control System) and EDL (Electronic Diff Lock).

A network of 6 airbags are also standard, including driver and front passenger airbags, combined head-thorax airbags (integrated in the front seatbacks) and side curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers.

Despite increasing standard equipment and specification, the Polo’s body weight has been reduced by 7.5 percent.  This, combined with innovative engine concepts and the 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG), has resulted in improvement in fuel economy and reduced emissions.

The first engine to be available in New Zealand is a 1.4L fuel injected petrol engine producing 63kW of power and 132Nm of torque.  When combined with the 7-speed DSG transmission, only 5.8L of fuel is required to travel 100km — an improvement of 16% when VW Polo rqcompared to the previous generation.  CO2 emissions are just 135g/km.

By the middle of 2010, a second Polo model will be introduced, the Polo TSI. It will make use of Volkswagen’s new 1.2L TSI, turbo-charged four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine produces 77 kW, while consuming 5.5L of fuel per 100km and producing 129 g/km of CO2. The TSI has 175Nm of torque available from 1500-3500rpm. This low-down accessibility to the torque of the engine should give the Polo TSI some good pace.

Standard specification for the new Polo includes a Climatic air conditioning system, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, a leather covered steering wheel, electric windows front and rear, a CD player and 15″ steel wheels with a full size spare wheel. Security is taken care of by an alarm and immobiliser that includes remote central locking.

Volkswagen NZ is offering a 3 year unlimited kilometre mechanical warranty and roadside assistance programme, including a 12 year anti corrosion warranty on the galvanised body.

Dean Sheed, Volkswagen General Manager for New Zealand, is excited to be launching in New Zealand one of Volkswagen’s most important models: “The new Polo is a great all round package that represents real value for money. Like the new Golf did in its class, the new Polo has redefined the level of refinement available in a small car.” He continued: “Volkswagen’s 7-speed DSG transmission has added a level of technology never before seen in this class and this sophistication will take another step up with the arrival of the Polo TSI next year.”

Pricing for the Polo 63kW 7DSG is $27,990 plus on road costs. Final specification and pricing for the Polo TSI 77kW 7DSG will be confirmed in 2010.

A small number of the new Polo will be visiting dealerships around NZ during October, giving potential owners a chance to check out the new Polo in person. Deliveries are expected to begin shortly after in November.

For further information visit the Volkswagen NZ website by clicking here.

VW prepare two concepts for Worthersee tour

May 22nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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For the upcoming Worthersee ’09 tour Volkswagen has just released details of specially prepared versions of the new Golf GTi and Polo for the show. The Worthersee tour is a celebration of everything Volkswagen (and Audi) and is an occasion for the German carmaker to really show off.

The Golf GTI concept has bodywork is finished in a dark Firespark Red color, offset with black wheels and exterior accents. The red is also used for the GTI’s grille trim and to dress up the rims on its black 19-spoke alloys. Nappa leather trims the seats, with red contrast panels and white piping adding further exclusivity.

The VW Polo Worthersee ’09 concept looks like the GTI concept’s younger sibling, and likely hints at the next-gen Polo GTI’s appearance. Finished in Flash Red paint with black rally stripes, the Polo concept has black 18-inch wheels with polished spokes, get inside and there’s more Nappa leather appointments. Black surfaces are highlighted by white contrast panels and red accent stitching.

Both cars get sport exhaust systems and the token commemorative doorsill plates. What are the chances of the concept cars being popular on the Worthersee Tour? Very high indeed.

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