What do you get for the price?
The VW Polo starts at $19,200 before on-road costs for the soon-to-be-discontinued Trendline version.
Standard equipment includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, along with Bluetooth, an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, a reversing camera with guidelines, a pair of USB-C ports and driver fatigue detection. There’s a full-size spare wheel beneath the 351-litre boot, which is a rarity in the class.
The default transmission is a five-speed manual, hooked up to a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine delivering 70kW and 175Nm to the front wheels.
Step up to the Comfortline at $20,890 and the engine’s output increases to 85kW/200Nm, along with a set of 15-inch alloy wheels in place of the steel/hubcap hoops on the base model. The standard manual transmission picks up a cog to six-gears, the headlamps and wipers automatically come on, there’s a self-dimming rear-vision mirror, rear passengers pick up reading lights and a pair of USB ports and the cloth upholstery looks and feels classier.
The top-spec Style sees the price jump to $25,690 but the seven-speed dual-clutch auto is standard and the equipment list extends to 16-inch alloy wheels, a 300-watt beats sound system, dual-zone airconditioning, wireless phone charging, satellite navigation, tinted windows and a digital driver’s display.
Be aware the boot-mounted subwoofer for the sound system trims cargo space by almost 50 litres.
Those looking for a bit more spice in their baby hatch can turn to the sporty GTI version packing a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine and a price tag starting at $32,890 plus on-road costs.
An up-front “care plan” to cover servicing the Polo will set you back $1850 for the first five years or 75,000km.
A five-year warranty is standard and there are a variety of option packages. The two we’d be considering are the front and rear dashcams and the $1500 driver assistance system that bundles adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, semi-automated parking and distance sensors front and rear.
How safe is the Volkswagen Polo?
The Polo is a five-star car, according to ANCAP. It was tested in 2018 and earned 96 per cent for adult occupant protection, 85 per cent for child protection and 76 per cent for vulnerable road-user protection.
Safety assist was rated at 59 per cent, with the absence of a lane-monitoring system costing the Polo points.