Curvy can be sexy
Whether you know it as a Polo, the Mark 5, Vento or even that other mommy car, you’ve heard, and most probably have seen it patrolling the streets with its unique flair. That’s because it has a tried-and-tested, winning recipe of being a value for money, steadfast budget car. It’s also available in a wide range to choose from and when practicing my constitution, I chose to test drive the Polo with a bit extra in the back.
Although not as popular as they used to be, sedans are still good contenders in the family car segment. The Polo is a good option to look into if you are interested in buying a responsible set of wheels to usher your family around in. It’s available for Russians, Indians and South Africans to enjoy so you shouldn’t be scared of missing out on all of the fun.
The Polo is everywhere you look on South African roads and it has become well-known by the public with its sweeping lines and trusty persona. The sedan derivative isn’t also just the hatch with a boot- its longer, wider and bigger in every sense of the word- even the fuel tank is larger to hold more litres of freedom. On the front grille, you will find three chrome louvres that proudly parade the VW signature. This flows into the twin headlights which are enhanced with integrated high beam. Front and rear fog lights are also included for additional illumination while 15-inch Torsa alloy wheels keep you stabled to the tar. Overall the Polo doesn’t have any distinguishing features or iconic element- it’s a simple family car with a trustworthy reputation and dependable identity- it’s safe, reliable and true-blue- which is exactly what you want for your tribe of off-springs.
The Comfortline has an interior chrome package as standard and so feature a handbrake knob, gear boot frames, air vent frames, rotary switch sides and switch bezel edges all covered in shiny chrome. A leather multi-function 3-spoke steering wheel, leather gearshift knob and handbrake cover provide the cabin with a stylish feel and the driver with confidence behind the wheel. Speaking of- this bespoked wheel can also adjust for height as well as reach so no matter big or small, long legs or short, stubby arms or noodles- anyone can find some comfort in the piloting seat. A height-adjustable driver’s and passenger’s seat with height-adjustable front head restraints means that the fun continues. The 454-litre boot has ample space for the family’s cargo and with nifty luggage compartment lighting, packing and unpacking is sure to be like a crocodile- snappy. This is also considerably larger than its flat-reared sibling that has a mere 280-litres of space. The rear seats can also split 60:40 you need additional space or have awkwardly shaped items such as curtain rail or the kiddies’ bicycles that won’t fit in the boot when heading to the park for some fun in the sun. The ground clearance as also been elevated so getting into and out of it won’t be such a hassle. Yes, sedans are becoming more of a scarce type and this is due to hatches being more affordable and easier to drive but don’t underestimate this trusty bulged rear vehicle, you will be surprised and impressed.
The infotainment system is equipped with radio, MP3, USB, SD Card, Bluetooth Connectivity, App-Connect and four speakers to help you with those impromptu karaoke sessions and goofy moments. Electrically adjustable mirrors, Cruise Control, manual air conditioning, a 12V power socket, dust and pollen filter and electric windows in the front as well as in the rear lives up to the derivatives names and offers you a comfort-able driving experience. Safety and security features on this Polo include dual front airbags with passenger airbag deactivation, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, childproof locks on rear doors, an engine immobiliser as well as remote central locking. ABS with EBD, Alarm with back-up horn, towing protection and ultrasonic interior monitoring and a brake fluid warning indicator can also be found. Overall the Polo has good offerings, it wouldn’t be so popular if it hadn’t, and its affordability makes it just that more attractive especially in these trying times where we find ourselves reaching for more affordable options and making a few more budget-conscious choices than we would usually like to.
This 1.4-litre engine produces 63kW of power and 132Nm of torque. It is naturally aspirated and not turbocharged which is just fine for daily driving and at the end of the day you want a safe drive, not a speedy one and with this die-hard engine (and ample safety features) you are assured of that. Even with its 1.4-litre non-turbo-ed engine it can still go from 0- 100km/h in just 12 seconds which is not too bad for a family transporter. A five-speed manual transmission makes for light, city driving which is exactly what I experienced behind the wheel. The Germans did right with this one and have given it a pleasant driving experience- the steering wheel is accurate and sits well in the hand, visibility is good due to smartly designed elements such as the skinny pillars found throughout and I’m pleased to report that its claimed fuel consumption of 5.9-litre per 100km was not as exaggerated, seeing as my fuel earnings have been roughly the same as my other test drives for the week and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by its reasonable petrol intake. All I can say is well-done VW… for creating another great vehicle!
Where to find it
If this perky Polo sedan has caught your eye and you would like to purchase this sedan for your family, visit www.vw.co.za now!
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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler