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REVIEW | VW Polo Life 1.0 TSI packs respectable pace and spec

The Polo Life has a modern and pleasant interior with a soft-touch dashboard and comfortable seats. The seats aren’t leather, but the fabric upholstery has a thick weave with a pleasant texture. It’s a respectably roomy car and will take four adults without fuss.

The Polo competes in what is more than a bargain basement market segment, where customers expect a little extra in terms of space, specification and refinement. The compact VW delivers on those fronts and adds good substance: there’s nothing tinny or cheap-feeling about it and it essentially feels like a smaller Golf. Volkswagen’s solid reputation and vast dealer network will help it to remain one of SA’s perennially best-selling cars.

Tech Specs

ENGINE

Type: Three-cylinder turbo petrol

Capacity: 999cc

Power: 70kW

Torque: 175Nm

TRANSMISSION

Type: Five-speed manual

DRIVETRAIN

Type: Front-wheel drive

PERFORMANCE

Top speed: 187km/h

0-100km/h: 10.8 sec (claimed)

Fuel consumption: 5.4l/100km (claimed), 6.1l/100km (as tested)

Emissions: 121g/km

STANDARD FEATURES

Stability control, ABS brakes, six airbags, tyre pressure sensor, park distance control, electric windows, electric mirrors, aircon, LED daytime running lights, touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, USB ports, auto on/off lights, rain-sensing wipers, remote central locking, cloth upholstery, multifunction steering wheel controls, digital instrument panel, trip computer

COST OF OWNERSHIP

Warranty: Three years/120,000km

Service plan: Three years/45,000km

Price: R353,600

Lease: R7,608 a month

* at 10% interest over 60 months no deposit

Volkswagen Polo Life 1.0 TSI

WE LIKE: Fuel thrift, packed with features, solid feel

WE DISLIKE: It’s no bargain

VERDICT: All you really need in a compact hatch

Motor News star rating

Design ****

Performance  ***

Economy ****

Ride ****

Handling ****

Safety ****

Value For Money ****

Overall ****

The competition

Opel Corsa 1.2 Edition, 55kW/118Nm — R339,900

Hyundai i20 1.0T Fluid, 90kW/172Nm — R347,900

Mazda2 1.5 Individual, 85kW/148Nm — R348,200

Renault Clio 1.0 Turbo Intens, 74kW/160Nm — R349,900

Kia Rio hatch 1.4 Tec, 73kW/135Nm — R353,995

Honda Fit 1.5 Elegance, 89kW/145Nm — R382,500

Source: TimesLIVE

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