Editor: Jason”The Bok” Date – 29 July 2017

The Volkswagen Polo has been on since 1975. Now nearing the end of the fifth-generation lifespan, as a response, Volkswagen SA has added the style packed 1.0 R-Line edition.

With the Polo 1.0 R-Line, it really is about style-for-style. With bold side-sills, race inspired front bumper and rear diffuser with chromed tip exhaust, the Polo 1.0 R-Line really looks the business. Weirdly, this is not a boy-racing pocket rocket, for that you need to look towards the Polo GTI, which offers 60 kW more than this all-new R-Line with the 1.0-litre motor.

So what exactly is it?

It is about the lifestyle! There are faster compact hatches for similar money, but if that’s what you are after, you are missing the point. The Polo 1.0 R-Line is about solidity and style. The Polo has established itself as one of South Africa’s best selling compact cars. With its rock solid reliability, compact, yet spacious dimensions and German build solidity, the Polo manages to offer an impressive alternative to the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i20 and Renault Clio.

1The Drive

With its 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine which delivers 81 kW & 200 Nm of torque, despite this vehicle being built around style, rather than speed, you actually find that the motor develops, even more, torque than the one which is also currently available with the 1.2 TSI 4-cylinder unit.

This increase in torque is notable when on over-take type situations and makes for a great drive in this compact hatchback. Volkswagen also claims fuel economy figures of just 4.4-litres/100km.

The Creature Comforts

The Polo has always provided a clever way in which to package a compact body. Same holds true with this latest generation model. With solid, premium materials throughout the cabin, soft-touch surfaces and a wealth of technological gizmos, the Polo is very well equipped.

2There are a few options which were included in the test unit, which I would certainly consider, these include:

The larger 5.8-inch touchscreen media system which features proximity sensing and cost R2 950, Cruise Control for highway driving convenience R1 800, App Connect, which allows for integration of Apple CarPlay in SA R1 500, LED headlight package R12 100, the frankly brilliant rear park assist with a reversing camera which is well worth R3 200,  and the large panoramic sunroof which adds loads of light to cabin and cost R10 000.

The Crux

Volkswagen’s Polo is soon to be replaced with the sixth-generation model. The question that then has to be posed is, is this car worthy of your interest?

3In my opinion, it most certainly is. It manages to combine top-notch good looks, a compact yet practical body and at a cost of R292,400 without additional options, it makes a very solid case for itself.

Vehicle offered with standard service plan of 3-year / 45 000km and options of extension.

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