Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date: 15 July 2016

The Volkswagen Polo is one of the countries top selling vehicles. A couple of years ago Volkswagen changed the Polo’s design with the introduction of a fresh new model. The outgoing Polo was however still as popular as ever, VW therefore decided to rebrand the model Polo Vivo.

Vivo GTS - TB2The Polo Vivo was introduced as a replacement for Volkswagen’s City Golf, a vehicle which had been a firm favourite within South African’s from before the time I was even conceived. With the Polo Vivo, Volkswagen made sure to keep alive all the best traits of the previous generation Polo with the real world practicality and affordability element, which make this vehicle a widely accessible prospect.

Vivo GTS - TB7Now Volkswagen has introduced the range-topping Vivo GTS. I took one for a drive in order to discover what this “boy racer” Vivo has to offer.

The first image you get when you approach the Vivo GTS is a nostalgic period snapshot of the old Golf GTS. Your mind is jolted back into a period of fun times, without a care in the world. With the Vivo GTS’s vibrant red and black checked seats further reminiscent of the old Golf GTS.

Vivo GTS - TB6The Vivo GTS features Volkswagen’s 1.6 litre engine. The engine developes 77 Kw of power and 155 Nm or torque. While it is not trying to be any type of super hot hatch, the engine does offer up more than enough power, especially when you factor in the light-weight construction of Vivo line-up. At low speeds it is very quick on its heels. The Polo Vivo achieves the 0 – 100 Km sprint in 10.6 seconds, rather impressive for a vehicle within this price bracket.

Vivo GTS - TB4The 5-speed manual transmission which is offered with the Vivo GTS remains very light and smooth as with other Polo Vivo models. When travelling at highway cruising speeds, the Vivo GTS’s engine does rev rather high, which results in a more noisy/strained engine note, however with its superbly comfortable interior and cabin space, this can easily be forgotten.

The Vivo GTS offers a wide range of standard comfort and safety features, which include:

– Airconditioning

– Radio ; front Loading CD ; MP3 player with USB and SD card support

– Driver ; passenger airbags with ISOFIX mounting points at the rear

On the outside, the Vivo GTS features

– A spattering of GTS badges

– Gun metal Ravazza alloy wheels

– Sporty dual tipped exhaust

– High gloss roof and side mirrors

and don’t forget its GTS racing stripes and on either side of the vehicle.

Vivo GTS - TB5With its overall wealth of cabin interior space, rear seats which fold in the 60/40 split and exceptional fuel consumption figures (combined claimed 6.6 litres / 100 km). The Polo Vivo GTS provides a perfect platform for the active city slicker or “boy racer.”

SA Retail price:

R199,900 which includes the usual 3-years/120,000 km manufacturer warranty and the option of a service plan with 15,000km intervals.

Watch my driving review of the Volkswagen Polo Vivo GTS using the below link:

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