With 193 343 units sold since its market introduction in March 2010, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo Hatch has been the best-selling passenger model in South Africa for the past seven years.
Being the only locally built model in the competitive A0 segment, the Polo Vivo has been a dominant brand in the entry-level hatch segment in spite of the new models being launched on a regular basis and with an even greater offering in the new Polo Vivo, the model is once again set to be the best-seller in this segment. Polo Vivo’s key product attributes such as affordability, German build quality, safety, space and comfort have a set an unparalleled benchmark in the segment.
Polo Vivo has had the class-leading residual value in its segment in the used car market. The cost of ownership over a 3-year cycle makes Polo Vivo one of the most affordable cars to own in the South African market.
Nearly 76% of Polo Vivo parts are sourced from local suppliers. This ensures that parts remain affordable and contribute to the overall low cost of ownership and applies to both the outgoing and incoming models.
The new Polo Vivo is offered in a hatch body version.
The new Polo Vivo is based on the fifth-generation Polo which has been enhanced both visually and technically. The driver assistance and infotainment systems as well as the new TSI engine now available with a 6-speed manual transmission, have taken the new Polo Vivo to another level.
Visually, the new Polo Vivo can be identified by a sharper front and rear design. In addition, the new model introduces fresh colours, new interior materials and new specifications.
The new Polo Vivo model range will be launched with three equipment lines, Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The hatch body version is also available in a top of the range GT derivative.
The Trendline, Comfortline and Highline have new interior trims which add exciting ambience and feel into the cabin of the new Polo Vivo. A new gear knob with leatherette gearshift has been introduced. Comfortline, Highline and GT derivatives now have a height adjustable driver seat.
For in-car entertainment, new Polo Vivo customers have an option of Radio 140G SD/USB/Bluetooth with four speakers (standard on Trendline and Comfortline). Highline and GT get two extra speakers for sound enhancement as well as the Colour Touchscreen Radio 340G which includes App-Connect.
Active and passive standard safety features have been enhanced in the new Polo. ABS, alarm and remote central locking are standard features across the range. Front fog lights are a standard feature in Comfortline, Highline and GT derivatives.
Volkswagen Polo Vivo has a generous and practical boot space when it comes to transporting luggage. For the hatch body version, the boot has luggage volume of 280 liters and with folded rear bench seat, it increases to
This sophisticated design of the Polo Vivo with its clean lines is precise and sharper. The new Polo Vivo is 3,972mm long, 1,682mm wide and 1,462mm tall.
Front end. The front-end design has a much more three-dimensional and sporty look due to its redesigned bumper and larger lower air intake.
Rear section. In the rear bumper area, the car’s width is emphasised by styling cues, including a cleaner horizontal layout and a wider cut-out for the licence plate. The trapezoidal outer contour of this area extends towards the rear wheels, which creates a more dynamic tension of surfaces. The rear reflectors, now embedded in the bumper, also give the visual impression of greater width. The rear lights were also redesigned.
Side profile. From the side, the new Polo can be differentiated by the new alloy wheels. The wheel line-up consists of the standard steel wheels for the Polo Trendline and Comfortline (14 inch) and optional 15-inch ‘Estrada’ alloy wheel, 16 inch ‘Rivazza’ for the Polo Highline and the 17-inch ‘Mirabeau’ alloy wheel which comes standard in the top of the range GT model.
Body colours. The new Polo Vivo is available in the following body colours:
Base –Flash Red and Pure White.
Metallic –Reflex Silver, Reef Blue and Limestone Grey.
Pearlescent – Deep Black .
New layout of instruments and centre console. Many new ergonomic and visual improvements have been made inside the latest Polo Vivo. Aside from the three-spoke steering wheel, the new instrument cluster look catches the eye immediately; the instruments are in typical Volkswagen design language.
New radio systems. Located on the next control level of the centre console is the infotainment system, which is ideally positioned in the field of view. The new Polo Vivo now gets Volkswagen’s “modular infotainment system” (MIB) radio system.
Modern engines for driving enjoyment and fuel efficiency
The new Polo Vivo model range is offered with three four-cylinder petrol engines, 1.4, 1.6 liters and one three-cylinder TSI engine. The power output of the four-cylinder engines range from 55 kW to 77 kW. These engines are available with 5-speed manual transmissions as standard. The Tiptronic transmission is available with the
77kW 1.6 engine, while the top of the range GT comes with the 1.0TSI 81kW engine in 6-speed manual.
1.4 delivering 55kW – Trendline
The entry engine in the Polo Vivo model range is the 1.4-liter with the 55 kW power output available 4800rpm. This engine has ample power and torque for dynamic and everyday driving. From 3750rpm, the engine peaks at 130 Nm. In addition to its lively performance, the 1.4-liter engine has impressive fuel consumption of 5.7 liters per 100 kilometres.
1.4 delivering 63kW – Comfortline
The Comfortline has 1.4 63kW engine with 132 Nm of torque available at 3750rpm. Its average fuel consumption is 5.9 l/100km.
1.6 delivering 77kW – Comfortline Tiptronic, Highline
The 77 kW 1.6-liter engine is offered with 6-speed manual as well as in automatic (Tiptronic) transmission. With 153Nm of torque at 3800rpm, this engine delivers lively performance. It only takes 10.8 seconds to reach 100km/h and has top speed of 188km/h. On average, it has combined fuel consumption of 6.2 (6.1 for Tiptronic) liters for every 100 kilometres.
1.0 TSI delivering 81 kW – GT
With a top speed of 196 km/h, the 1.0 litre 81 kW engine offers exciting performance. The 200 Nm torque is available at 2000rpm. The performance has not compromised fuel consumption. The 81 kW engine has an impressive claimed fuel consumption of 4.6 liters per 100 kilometres.
POLO VIVO HATCH
STANDARD AND OPTIONAL FEATURES
Perfectly packaged to meet people’s needs
The new Polo Vivo Hatch is offered in Trendline, Comfortline, Comfortline Tiptronic, Highline and GT.
Here is an overview of standard and optional features:
Safety and Security
Same standard features as Trendline plus:
Same standard features as Trendline plus:
Same features as Trendline plus:
Same standard features as Highline plus:
Polo Vivo Hatch will be available in six colours.
SERVICE & WARRANTY
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.
The service interval is 15 000 km.
BARONS WESTERN CAPE 2018 VW POLO HATCH / VW POLO VIVO HATCH LAUNCH
The Challenge, now entering its fifth year, will set out on 21st May at 04h30 from the Tsogo Sun Southern Sun Waterfront hotel in Cape Town. Eleven cyclists, brought together from all over South Africa and the world, will cycle to Pietermaritzburg over the ten days preceding the Comrades Marathon, and then run the world’s oldest and largest ultramarathon from Durban the very next day, 31st May.
If you’re wondering where this idea to cycle over 1700km to and then run the iconic 90km ultramarathon originated, it is a tribute to Phil Masterton-Smith, nicknamed ‘Unogwaja’ or ‘Hare’ in Zulu. Phil, the youngest ever Comrades winner, completed this feat in 1933 when he could not afford the train fare to get to the start of the Comrades.
This demonstration of one man’s determination and commitment has inspired a movement that seeks to nourish hope and facilitate empowerment in South Africa: The Unogwaja Challenge. The primary focus of this unique biathlon is raising funds for chosen charities.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Barons Volkswagen Group based in the Western Cape, Gauteng, and KwaZulu-Natal will provide six vehicles for the 2015 journey, four Amarok Double Cabs, a Transporter Crew Bus and Transporter Panel Van.
John McInroy, founding member of Unogwaja, says of this partnership: “This is massive for our journey and could not have come at a better time. Not only do we have six top-class vehicles which will help us significantly on the road, but we have formed a meaningful partnership with one of the most forward-thinking brands in our country who believe and support our vision. I could not be more excited. The greatest way we can show our gratitude to Volkswagen and Barons is through progressing the impact of our mission: to be the agents of hope and meaningful change in our beautiful country.”
Last year the Unogwaja Challenge raised over a R1,2 million for charity and this year have set the target at an ambitious R2 million. Learn more at www.unogwajachallenge.com.
Jaco Steenekamp, General Manager: Sales and Marketing of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said, “The responsibility for positive change lies with each and every one of us and it can only be realized through determined action any way we can. Volkswagen has always been about People, and our Commercial Vehicles specifically are always up for a tough challenge so partnership with the Unogwaja Challenge is a perfect fit.”
Brett Rowlands, Franchise Executive at Barloworld Motor Retail responsible for Barons in the Western Cape, mirrors these sentiments: “Barons prides itself on being ‘The Volkswagen People’ so this remarkable story resonates with our company values. We are looking forward to supporting John and his team during this inspirational journey and to enable them to focus their energies on their important social mission.”
As an initiative that spans the globe, Unogwaja is excited to have such great Global and South African brands as Volkswagen, Barloworld and Barons stand up and get behind it.
For further info, including interviews with John McInroy, Jaco Steenekamp and Brett Rowlands please contact Danielle email@example.com
The modern obsession automotive manufacturers have developed with fuel efficiency in recent years has led to massive improvements in fuel economy figures and CO2 emissions across all fields. Automotive technology, which was once benchmarked by performance and power, is now measure in equal measure by efficiency.
At the cutting edge of this wave is Volkswagen with its BlueMotion Golf. BlueMotion is a regenerative braking technology and auto stop/start system you’ll find on all Volkswagens carrying the BlueMotion badge, but it is also the flagship Golf 7 in Volkswagens fleet when it comes to efficiency.
The previous generation Golf 6 BlueMotion was lauded for its fuel economy, now the Golf 7 1.6-litre TDI is capable, Volkswagen say, of returning a fuel economy figure of 3.2 L/100 km (in ideal conditions of course) on the combined cycle. And a CO2 figure of 85 g/km.
The Golf BlueMotion was previewed in Concept form in Paris last year and it was shown off again, but now in full production guise, in Geneva last month. By returning 3.2 L/100 km the Golf BlueMotion is now better than Volkswagen’s own three-cylinder Polo BlueMotion from 2010.
The Golf has a 50 litre tank and a theoretical range of 1 500 km. Providing power to the wheels is an 82 kW 1.6-litre TDI engine from the new EA288 family. The 16-valve engine delivers 250 Nm of torque as well.
Various weight saving measures (it’s now 63 kg lighter), engine tweaks (reduced engine friction), super low rolling resistance tyres, longer gear ratios in the manual transmission and specific aerodynamic modifications (amounting to 10% less drag) are to thank for the remarkable fuel efficiency.
The roof spoiler, lateral air guide elements on the rear window, a masked front grille and a 15 mm lower ride height all add up in this regard. This proves that sportiness and efficiency are in many ways grounded on both sides of the same coin.
Even if we take away the usual 15% discrepancy to get a figure more akin to real world driving, the Golf 7 BlueMotion is still near to the 4.5 L/100 km mark on the combined economy cycle and that is very impressive.