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NEW RELEASE: The New VW Polo 2018

Author: Melissa Cohen
Date: 2018-01-26
Volkswagen has finally launched their new Polo models. With much anticipation in the air, we divulge all the details. Take a look.
After much anticipation, Volkswagen has officially launched the new 2018 VW Polo. This sixth-generation model is a  bigger and faster motor vehicle in comparison to any of its predecessors. Volkswagen is one of the top selling motor vehicle brands in South Africa, with the previous Polo regularly topping monthly new vehicle sales charts. It's sibling model, the Polo Vivo, being SA's best-selling passenger vehicle. This new release is comparable to its Ford, Renault, Kia and Nissan rivals in its class. We check out what makes this vehicle a force to be reckoned with.
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What Makes It Different? 

The Polo 2018 model is 81mm longer, 63mm wider and 7mm lower than any of the previous Polo models released. The increase in length and width prompts a bigger cabin size, this makes being a passenger a whole lot more comfortable. The vehicle comes standard with a lot more features, as well as a wide variety of optional features that are now available. Like many of the other VW vehicles, the new Polo follows the group's MQB platform. This has provided the vehicle with new looks and a great set of new designs. In fact, it looks a lot like the Volkswagen Golf, with its sleek lines and curves, with a longer roof and a line running along the flank.


A 1-litre turbocharged engine is capable of 70kW/175Nm comes standard with both, the Trendline and Comfortline models. This engine is then souped up to a 1.0 TSI three-cylinder capable of 85kW/200Nm for the top of the range version. The interior of the cabin is spacious and sleek with coloured trim around the high-mounted dashboard. The interior trim comes in two different shades:
  • The Trendline and Comfortline is equipped with grey metallic trim;
  • While the Highline is kitted with iron metallic interior trim.
Volkswagen has launched three different models of the new Polo 2018. Here are the latest models included in the 2018 range:
  • Trendline;
  • Comfortline;
  • Highline.
VW has also included a "Beats" version of the vehicle which is equipped with a 300 watt sound system by Beats by Dr Dre.


The latest version of the new Polo, no matter the model type, comes standard with a 6.5 inch touch screen display on the dashboard. Each vehicle is also equipped with six airbags which comes standard with all new Polo models. Like all of its rivals, the new Polo has electric power steering, making driving smooth and simple. The great extra about the Polo is that Volkswagen has increased the boot space by 71 litres. This means that you can do a lot of shopping in one trip without running out of space. The boot space increases from 280 litres in previous models, to a whopping 371 litres of storage space. The following features also come standard with all new VW Polo models:
  • VW Front Assist;
  • City Emergency Braking;
  • Pedestrian Monitoring Systems;
  • Tyre Pressure Monitor Function;
  • Hill Holder Function.

Want To Know More About Each Model? 

Although there are standard features that are found in all the new Polo models, each model has some differentiating features. The table below highlights the differences between each model.
New Polo 2018 Model Features
Trendline Comfortline Highline
Front power windows; Colour infotainment system; Four speakers Connectivity Package featuring Bluetooth and USB; Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Driver Alert System; Multi-function Display “Plus”; Front and rear electric windows; Composition Colour infotainment system with six speakers. Voice Control; Cruise Control; Composition Media infotainment system; App Connect.

How Much Can I Expect To Pay? 

Depending on the model and the added extras, the price may vary. The only downfall with many of the Volkswagen models is that the vehicles don't come with much, you have to add features at a price. This makes a fairly reasonable car, into a luxurious and expensive vehicle, however many people tend to still stick with Volkswagen. The table below illustrates the January 2018 pricing of the new VW Polo:
January 2018 Polo Price List
Model Price
1.0 TSI 70 kW Trendline R235 900
1.0 TSI 70 kW Comfortline R264 700
1.0 TSI 70 kW Comfortline DSG R280 700
1.0 TSI 85 kW Highline R286 200
1.0 TSI 85 kW Highline DSG R302 200
*Please note that all vehicles come standard with a 3 year/45 000km Service Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty. The service interval is 15 000km.