Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 13 June 2018
The Volkswagen Polo Vivo needs little introduction. Since its inception in 2010, it has claimed its position as South Africa’s best-selling passenger vehicle with almost 200,000 sold.
This means that you will likely spot a Vivo on your neighbour’s drive, on your street corner and one if not on your own driveway, on that of a family member. There is a very good reason for all the fuss around the Vivo, it builds on the immense popularity produced by its original namesake, the Volkswagen City Golf.
Small On Price, Big On Ability
The barrier to entry for most of us is determined by a tight budget, yet desire to own a feature packed vehicle. This latest generation Vivo maintains the fifth-generation Volkswagen Polo body style and appeal, yet packs all of this from well below R200,000 (R179,000 – 1.4 Trendline).
A slick and stylish body, perfect compact city dimensions and wealth of new features help separate the new Vivo from that of its predecessor. Features including hill-start assist, two airbags in the cabin, a tyre pressure monitoring system and electronic stability control have all made their way into the Vivo lineup.
All Trim levels feature new interior trims and you can even add a leather trim package, it is clear that the Vivo overall perceived level of quality sits easily above its competitors. This further continues with its solid road hold and drive.
The Vivo is available with either a 1.4-litre engine which puts out 55 kW and 130 Nm of torque, a 1.6-litre engine with 77 kW and 153 Nm or even a 1.0-litre motor which develops 81 kW and 200 Nm of torque. Power is either delivered through Volkswagen’s smooth shifting 5-speed manual transmission or even Tiptronic automated gearbox as offered with the 1.6-litre (77 kW) motor.
With its compact body dimensions come the Vivo’s ability to prove real-world ability, this includes a luggage load area of a claimed 280-litres with the seats folded-up and a whopping 952-litres with the seats folded flat. I was so determined to prove this claim, I even decided to pack an art galleries entire collection into the Vivo and with great delight, it managed to pack the whole collection.
Offered in 6 vibrant colours namely: Pure White, Flash Red, Deep Black Pearlescent, Reflex Silver Metallic, Reef Blue Metallic and Limestone Grey Metallic, the new Vivo offers a slick design, stylish lines, features and a level of quality which easily exceeds the class in which it sits. It seems very certain that the Vivo will continue the trend of being South Africa’s top-selling passenger vehicle for many more years to come.
SA Pricing & Warranty
1.4 55 kW Trendline – R179,900
1.4 63 kW Comfortline – R192,000
1.6 77 kW Comfortline Tiptronic – R221,900
1.6 77 kW Highline – R214,900
1.6 77 kW Vivo Maxx – R225,000
1.0 TSI 81 kW GT – R245,000
The Volkswagen Polo Vivo Hatch comes standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 6-year Anti Corrosion warranty. A Volkswagen Automotion Maintenance Plan, as well as a Volkswagen Automotion Service Plan, are available as options.