27 September 2022 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen South Africa introduces
2022 New Polo Sedan

The Volkswagen Polo started life as a hatchback, but since the introduction of its Derby stablemate in 1977, a sedan (or saloon) model has been a mainstay of the range. In South Africa the Polo Sedan has been a steady selling model since its first appearance in the mid-1990s and now, there is an all-new model.

Essentially a re-badged version of the Indian-market Volkswagen Virtus – itself a cousin of the model of the same name which first went on sale in selected South American markets in 2018 – the new car is based in Volkswagen’s MQB A0 platform, and shares many technologies with the sixth-generation Polo, which first appeared in 2017. Its elegant silhouette houses a 521-litre luggage capacity (170 litres up on the Polo hatchback), and at 4,561mm long, the car is 517mm longer than its hatch sister.

Upmarket look
The South African new Polo Sedan shares the same ‘Tornado’ character line as the Polo, and a wide lower bumper grille sits below standard LED headlamps. At the rear, the LED tail lamps have a smoked and clear glass finish, while chrome window strips and door handles – available on higher specification models – give the car a more upmarket look. Going on the first images issued by Volkswagen South Africa, there is a little too much of a gap above the 16-inch alloy wheels, but overall, the new Polo Sedan carries on the elegant styling which has long been a hallmark of previous Polo saloons.

Inside, the dashboard is virtually, if not identical to the Polo hatchback, with a horizontal layout in which is housed a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Dual-tone colour schemes brighten up the cabin, and higher-specification Life models feature digital automatic climate control.

Three trim levels
Volkswagen South Africa is offering the new Polo Sedan in three trims: Polo Sedan, Polo Sedan Life and Polo Sedan Life Tiptronic. Entry level cars come with 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, a multifunction steering wheel, and Volkswagen’s App-Connect system for smartphone connection.

The new Polo Sedan Life features 16-inch ‘Scimitar’ alloy rims, a 10-inch colour touchscreen system, ambient lighting, Climatronic air conditioning, keyless entry and start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power adjustable and folding exterior door mirrors, a rear view camera, and wireless mobile charging and App-Connect. Externally, the Life is also marked out by its front fog lamps and cornering lights. The Polo Sedan Life Tiptronic features steering wheel-mounted shifting paddles to help further control its automatic gearbox and a hill start assist function.

The only optional feature is the choice of five exterior colours. Candy White is the only solid paint option, the four metallic shades being Carbon Steel Grey, Reflex Silver, Rising Blue, and Wild Cherry Red. Safety kit is high with up to six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and multi-collision braking and tyre pressure monitoring systems.

1.6-litre petrol engine
In a difference to other global markets that feature low-capacity turbocharged TSI units, the South African Polo Sedan only comes with a 1.6-litre petrol engine. With a power output of 109bhp/81kW, 112lb ft/152Nm of torque is produced at 3,850 to 4,100rpm. The 0-62mph time is 11.2 seconds, and the new Polo Sedan tops out at 118mph/190km/h. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard, the Polo Sedan Life Tiptronic featuring a six-speed automatic transmission.

The previous, fifth-generation Polo-based Polo Sedan was long overdue for replacement. It has soldiered on for another four years after the introduction of the sixth-generation Polo in South Africa, so the new model is welcome. The previous car sold 44,267 units since it was introduced in 2011 – itself based on the Vento sold and manufactured in India – and Volkswagen South Africa sees little reason why the new car shouldn’t continue its predecessor’s steady success.

(VAT and emissions tax included)

Polo Sedan 1.6 81kW manual R318,300
Polo Sedan Life 1.6 81kW manual R345,600
Polo Sedan Life 1.6 81kW Tiptronic R365,500

The new 2022 Volkswagen Polo Sedan comes standard with a three-year/120,000km warranty, a three-year/ 45,000km EasyDrive Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals are 15,000km and customers have the option to extend EasyDrive Maintenance and EasyDrive Service Plans up to 10 years/300,000km.

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