This new VW costs the same as the average price South Africans are paying for a new car right now

 ·14 Sep 2022

The only sedan in the Volkswagen model range, the new Polo Sedan, is now available for sale at Volkswagen dealers in South Africa.

The Volkswagen Polo Sedan, which is manufactured in Pune, India, has sold 44,267 units in the local market since its launch in 2011. The new Polo Sedan is set to redefine the A0 Sedan segment in South Africa by fulfilling the mobility needs of customers.

Data from vehicle financing company Wesbank shows that the average value of new cars financed in South Africa is around R350,000 – R375,000. The recommended Retail Price (VAT and emissions tax included) for the new Polo sedan is:

  • Polo Sedan 1.6 81kW Manual R318 300
  • Polo Sedan Life 1.6 81kW Manual R345 600
  • Polo Sedan Life 1.6 81kW Tiptronic R365 500

It comes standard with a 3-year/120 000km warranty, a 3-year/45,000km EasyDrive Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.

The new Polo Sedan model range is offered with the four-cylinder MPI petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual or 6-speed Tiptronic transmission. The engine delivers 81kW power and 152Nm of torque at 3,850 to 4 100 rpm.

It takes 11.2 seconds to reach 100km/h, the top speed is 190km/h, and fuel consumption is 6.2 litres/100km. The Tiptronic derivative delivers the same power and torque as the manual and takes 12.2 seconds to reach 100km/h. The top speed is 187km/h, and fuel consumption is 6.5 litres/100km, said VW.

Exterior design

The new VW measures 4 561mm in length, 1 752mm in width and 1 507mm in height. It comes standard with LED headlights and taillights, a signature chrome grille, 16-inch alloy wheels – only available in the Life derivatives – and a chrome package with chrome window strips and chrome door handles.

Modern interior

The new sedan offers a premium dual-tone interior, dual-tone seat upholstery and premium touch surfaces. It is equipped with features like keyless entry, ambient lighting and Climatronic’ air-conditioning (only available in the Life derivatives), a multi-function steering wheel and 521 litres of boot space.

The new Polo Sedan comes standard with a host of technology, entertainment and connectivity features such as a 7-inch touchscreen radio, 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system equipped with wireless App-Connect and wireless mobile charging (only available in the Life derivatives) and eight sound speakers.

It has up to six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), multi-collision braking system, LED headlights and taillights, tyre pressure monitoring, Park Distance Control in the rear, rear-view camera (only available in the Life derivatives) and Hill Start Assist (only available in the Life Tiptronic derivative).

The vehicle is available in three equipment lines; Polo Sedan, Polo Sedan Life and the Polo Sedan Life Tiptronic, while the range comes fully equipped and has no optional features.

The entry-level Polo Sedan derivative comes standard with LED headlights and taillights, 16-inch steel wheels, App-Connect, 7-inch touchscreen radio, Cruise Control and a multi-function steering wheel.

In addition to the standard features in the entry-level derivative, the Polo Sedan Life also comes standard with keyless entry and start, rearview camera, 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless mobile charging, wireless App-Connect, power-adjustable and folding exterior mirrors, climatronic air conditioning, ambient lighting, leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel and gear lever, front fog lamps and cornering lights, a chrome package and 16-inch Scimitar alloy wheels.

The top derivative of the model range, the Polo Sedan Life Tiptronic, is further equipped with Hill Start Assist and a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with shifting paddles.

The only optional feature available is the choice of five exterior colours: solid paint (Candy White) and four metallic colours (Wild Cherry Red, Carbon Steel Grey, Reflex Silver and Rising Blue).

Read: The average price South Africans are paying for a new car right now – and what you can get

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