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How much does the Volkswagen Polo cost?
The major players in the light car class don’t do $19,990 driveaway deals anymore and Volkswagen has deliberately removed itself from that cheap-and-cheerful approach.
The cheapest point of entry into this Polo tournament is $25,250 plus on-road costs for the Life version. That is fitted with a five-speed manual, meaning it’s already off the radar for most private buyers. Spend another $3000 and you’ll end up with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the same engine in a higher state of tune.
VW argues asking $28,250 for an auto-equipped Polo isn’t over the top. There’s no doubt the standard specification is higher (see below). There’s also no doubt VW is trying to occupy a niche between mainstream and prestige, given it is much more expensive than a Mazda2 or Toyota Yaris, if well below an equivalent Audi A1 or Mini Cooper.
Climb aboard the Polo Style and the price jumps to $31,250. Chase after the spirited Polo GTI and the impost is $38,750.
VW brand director of passenger vehicles Michal Szaniecki says the increased standard specification and safety tech makes it a “Mini-me” version of the Golf.
“We’ve moved the Polo still further from the sticker driven rat race into its most premium form to date,” Szaniecki said.
As you’d hope for with those prices, options are limited across the range. Automatic-equipped Life versions can be had with a “Vision and Tech Pack” adding satellite navigation, infotainment voice control, wireless connection of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an upgraded digital driver’s display, adaptive cruise control and “travel assist” that combines the cruise with lane-change and blind-spot software for semi-autonomous driving for $1700.
Style versions of the Polo can be optioned with a $1500 sunroof and $1900 “Sound and Tech Pack” adding satnav, voice control, wireless app connect, keyless access and start and a 300-watt Beats sound system.
GTI variants can also option the sunroof, along with a $1500 “Sound and Tech Pack” adding a hi-res 9.2-inch infotainment screen and the above Beats sound system.
The warranty runs for five years and pre-paying servicing costs over that period will see the price set at $2150 for the Life manual variant, $2200 for the auto-equipped Life and Style and $2750 for the GTI.
Is the Volkswagen Polo safe?
The NCAP program now drops a model’s rating after six years if it hasn’t been re-tested.
That meant VW had just two more years to travel before the initial five-star rating expired.
Given the car is expected to live on beyond that timeframe, VW chose to fit it with a centre airbag to protect front-seat occupants from hitting each other’s heads in a sideways crash, along with updating the autonomous emergency braking to deal with cyclists (it already had pedestrian detection).
Other standard systems include lane assist, front and rear parking sensors and LED headlamps.