Volkswagen Polo pricing
There are four different trim grades for the Polo: Trendline, Comfortline, Style and GTI.
VW Polo Trendline
The Trendline Polos have a 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine. Model highlights include 15-inch steel wheels, Front Assist with city emergency brake and pedestrian monitoring, driver-fatigue detection, low tyre pressure indicator, multi-function display (MFD Plus), a leather multi-function steering wheel, an eight-inch infotainment screen, App-Connect (compatible with iOS and Android), Bluetooth phone connectivity, a rear-view camera, cruise control, air-conditioning, height-adjustable front seats, power windows plus heated and power-adjustable exterior mirrors. Buyers can pick between a five-speed manual gearbox and one of VW's seven-speed DSG automatic transmissions.
The manual model has a drive-away price of $18,990. Automatic Trendline Polos cost $21,490.
VW Polo Comfortline
Comfortline models are equipped with a more powerful 85kW mapped engine. The drive-away cost for six-speed manuals is $23,834, while the automatic model costs $23,990.
Building on Trendline's spec, the Comfortline receives 15-inch alloys, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirrors, front centre armrest, Comfort cloth upholstery and two rear USB ports.
Volkswagen Polo Style
Progressing through the range, Style Polos have a manufacturer's recommended list price of $24,990. It is only offered with a seven-speed auto DSG. Key features include 16-inch alloys, climate control A/C, active info display, an eight-inch satellite navigation system, a Beats premium sound system, wireless phone charging, comfort sport seats in front, carpet mats front and rear, dark tinted rear side and rear window glass, decorative trim inserts in Deep Iron metallic colour, a black headlining, front-seat lumbar adjustment and dark red LED tail-lights.
Volkswagen Polo GTI
For those who want something that's fun to drive, the GTI has a 2.0-litre petrol and a six-speed DSG. Underlining its performance leanings, VW installs 17-inch alloys, Sport Select suspension, an extended electronic differential lock (XDL), GTI-specific body pieces, front fog lights, dual chrome exhaust tailpipes, Clark sport cloth upholstery, sport front seats, Velvet Red matte decorative inserts, gearshift paddles, alarm system, aluminium pedals, dual-zone climate control, LED interior lights, LED tail-lights, keyless entry/ignition and power-folding mirrors.
For all this, VW asks for $35,940.
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|1.0-litre, five-speed manual, 2WD: $18,990|
1.0-litre, seven-speed DSG, 2WD: $21,490
|1.0-litre, five-speed manual, 2WD: $23,834|
1.0-litre, seven-speed DSG, 2WD: $23,990
|1.0-litre, seven-speed DSG, 2WD: $24,990||2.0-litre, six-speed DSG, 2WD: $35,940|
For non-GTI models, only Pure White is available for no cost.
Other paint colours cost $500.
- Energetic Orange Metallic
- Limestone Grey Metallic
- Reef Blue Metallic
- Reflex Silver Metallic
- Deep Black Pearl
GTI Polos can be bought in either Flash Red or Pure White for no additional cost. $500 premium colours include the following:
- Limestone Grey Metallic
- Reef Blue Metallic
- Deep Black Pearl Effect
The above prices are recommended drive-away prices from VW Australia. They include 12 months rego, CTP, dealer delivery fees, stamp duty and any other costs. The prices are calculated based on a "rating one" driver aged 40 with a good driving history and the vehicle being in a garage in NSW postcode 2000.
It wouldn't be unfair to call the Polo the benchmark that other manufacturers aspire to achieve. It's a little bigger than some of the competition and it can cost more, but overall, reviewers seemed to suggest this is one hatch you have to at least consider.
- Safety equipment
- Ride dynamics
- Short warranty
- 95 RON fuel requirement
|"It's not the cheapest car in the light-car class, but it's certainly one of the best value."|
- Awesome practicality
- Jack of all trades
- Optional assists
- Lively 1.0-litre
- DSG around town
- Unrelenting suspension around town
- Cabin materials quality mismatch
- Could offer more features for money
|"The Polo has always been regarded as one of, if not the most mature offerings in the light car class, and this latest generation of Volkswagen's little hatchback continues to deliver that same experience."|
- Awesome offering
- Lively engine
- Frugal fuel drinker
- Turbo lag
- Rear legroom
- Premium fuel dependency
|"A clearly Teutonic statement in an ultra price-sensitive market area that is populated by car-makers from all over the globe, the Volkswagen Polo comes with a lot of class, technology and competence."|
- Upmarket feel
- Infotainment and audio system
- Engine spools up readily
- Sound insulation
- Hard plastics
- $2,500 charge for automatic gearbox
|"With a bigger boot than a Mazda3 and Ford Focus, the Volkswagen Polo is now knocking right on the door of the next-size-up small car class."|
Engine and performance
There are two engines fitted into the Volkswagen Polo: a frugal 1.0-litre and a performance 2.0-litre, both petrol.
Volkswagen 1.0-litre petrol engine
The small 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine has just three-cylinders. Thanks to a turbocharger, the lower-tuned variant fitted to Trendline models outputs 70kW @ 5,000-5,500rpm. Torque measures 175Nm with 2,000-3,500rpm. On the more powerful version of the engine, power jumps to 85kW and torque hits 200Nm.
On Trendline models, buyers can choose between a five-speed manual, six-speed manual and a seven-speed DSG.
Volkswagen 2.0-litre TSI
The GTI model has a suitably powerful 2.0-litre TSI engine fitted by Volkswagen. This four-cylinder power plant produces 147kW with 4,390-6,000rpm. Torque measures an impressive 320Nm @ 1,450-4,390rpm.
Volkswagen Polo transmissions
Buyers can choose from a five-speed manual gearbox, a six-speed manual transmission or one of VW's DSG automatic transmissions with seven-gears.
Car reviewers' impressions of the Volkswagen Polo engine and transmission line-up
You might think a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine is a bit feeble. Unexpectedly though, car reviewers reported these small motors are endearing and characterful. Others spoke of how the performance and acceleration quickly cause you to forget how small the engine is.
The GTI's 2.0-litre is described as mettlesome and punchy. All engines were said to be smooth and syrupy.
Transmission-wise, nobody had any bad words about the manual gearboxes and it seems the DSG is generally well appraised. However, more than one journalist mentioned the dual-clutch automatics tendency to be hesitant. Around town, that could be a real annoyance.
Volkswagen Polo engine and transmission figures
|Engine type||Direct injection, turbocharged petrol with electronic ignition||Direct and intake injection, turbocharged petrol with electronic ignition|
|Fuel type||Petrol (95 RON)|
|Cylinders||Three, inline||Four, inline|
|Fuel tank capacity||40 litres|
|Max power||70 TSI: 70kW @ 5,000-5,500rpm|
85 TSI: 85kW @ 5,000-5,500rpm
|147kW @ 4,390-6,000rpm|
|Max torque||70 TSI: 175Nm @ 2,000-3,500rpm|
85 TSI:200Nm @ 2,000-3,500rpm
|320Nm @ 1,450-4,390rpm|
|Fuel consumption (combined)||Five-speed manual: 4.8L/100km|
Seven-speed DSG: 5.0L/100km
|Acceleration (0-100km/h)||10.8 seconds||N/A|
|Emissions standard||Euro 6|
|Top speed (km/h)||N/A||N/A|
|Transmission||Five-speed or six-speed manual, seven-speed DSG automatic||Six-speed DSG automatic|
|Towing capacity (unbraked/braked)||Not listed|
Volkswagen Polo fuel economy
Here's how much fuel the VW Polo will use.
1.0-litre petrol engine
According to the Green Vehicle Guide, the 1.0-litre Trendline model (with the lower power output) is rated with the following fuel efficiency:
- Combined: 4.8L/100km
- Urban: 6L/100km
- Extra: 4.1L/100km
The above figures are for the five-speed manual gearbox. Driving 14,000kms a year, with two-thirds spent in towns, you'd spend approximately $1,191 on petrol.
With the seven-speed auto, fuel use is listed as follows:
- Combined: 5L/100km
- Urban: 6L/100km
- Extra: 4.4L/100km
Based on those figures and the above driving conditions, yearly fuel costs would be around $1,214.
In the Comfortline and Style models with the more powerful engine, fuel economy is as follows:
- Combined: 5L/100km
- Urban: 5.9L/100km
- Extra: 4.5L/100km
Fuel costs would be around $1,207 for this particular model.
2.0-litre petrol engine
The GTI's 2.0-litre is a little less frugal.
- Combined: 6.1L/100km
- Urban: 7.9L/100km
- Extra: 5.1L/100km
Annually, you'd spend a higher $1,614 on petrol.
A word on factory fuel economy numbers
Factory fuel economy figures are determined using a strictly stipulated testing procedure. Consequently, it doesn't factor in ever-changing variables you encounter on public roads. Things like traffic conditions, mechanical state of repair, driving style, topography and the weather can all affect fuel use.
Reviewers suggested when on test, the fuel-economy numbers were slightly idealistic, but only out by less than half a litre – which is actually quite impressive by comparison to other vehicles. One fuel-related quibble that did seem to bother reviewers was the requirement for 95 RON petrol.
Beneath its Volkswagen exterior metalwork, the Polo shares the MQB architecture used by sister-carmakers like the Audi A1. That should translate to it having pretty on-point handling characteristics. According to car reviewers, that certainly seems to be true.
Testers say it is a lively and enjoyable car to drive. Thanks to a bump up in dimensions, motoring experts told of how confident and stable the Polo felt. Basically, it appears well-suited to dashing through tight city roads, without having to strain too much on highways.
However, it isn't a perfect story. Some motoring writers spoke about the steering being only good, lacking an extremely accurate feel. Reading between the lines, the general feeling is the Polo is accomplished and sophisticated with a grown-up feel. Quite a number of the motoring press deemed the ride to be overly harsh, leading them to call the Polo the best all-rounder, but maybe not the best to drive.
Interior and equipment
The Polo specification is more or less on par with its rivals.
Volkswagen Polo Trendline
The lowest-entry price point for the range, the Trendline has many pleasing features:
- 15-inch steel wheels (with wheel trims)
- Front Assist with city emergency brake and pedestrian monitoring
- Driver-fatigue detection
- Low tyre pressure indicator
- Multi-function display (MFD Plus)
- Leather multi-function steering wheel
- 8-inch infotainment system
- 2 x USB ports
- Bluetooth phone connectivity
- Rear-view camera (RVC)
- Cruise control
- Height-adjustable front seats
- Power windows
- Electrically heated and adjusting exterior mirrors
Volkswagen Polo Comfortline
The Comfortline Polo was often held up as the pick of the range. First, for the extra money, you get a more powerful map applied to the engine, giving you an extra 15kW and more torque. The five-speed manual option is done away with in favour of a six-speed manual, which should give you a few more gear ratios to play with – eking extra performance from the engine. Going for this model also opens up the possibility to buy the optional driver assistance and R-Line packages.
Standard features include the following:
- 15-inch alloy wheels
- Automatic headlight functions
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Front centre armrest
- Comfort cloth upholstery
- 2 x rear USB ports
Volkswagen Polo Style
The Style gets the same upgraded engine as the Comfortline. It's only available with a seven-speed automatic transmission though. For the money, you also get the following:
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Climate control A/C
- Active info display
- 8-inch sat-nav
- Beats premium audio system
- Wireless phone charging
- Front Comfort sports seats
- Carpet mats in front and rear
- Dark tinted rear windows
- Metallic grey inserts
- Black headlining
- Front-seat lumbar adjustment
- Dark red LED rear tail-lights
Volkswagen Polo GTI
This is VW's alternative to the Golf hot hatch. It has a zesty 2.0-litre petrol engine and a six-speed automatic gearbox. In addition to the Comfortline model, the GTI has the following:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Sport Select suspension
- Extended electronic differential lock (XDL)
- GTI body styling
- Front fog lights
- Dual-chrome exhaust tailpipes
- "Clark" plaid sport cloth upholstery
- Sport front seats
- Matte Velvet Red decorative inserts
- Gearshift paddles
- Alarm system
- Aluminium pedal finishers
- Dual-zone climate control A/C
- LED interior lighting and tail-lights
- Keyless entry
- Power-folding mirrors
You can also spec the GTI with the optional Sound & Vision package or the Luxury pack. Sound & Vision brings the active info display, Discover Media navigation system, Beats premium audio and wireless phone charging. Luxury adds a microfleece/leatherette seat upholstery, heated seats in the front, LED headlights, a panoramic glass sunroof, 18-inch alloys and dark tinted rear window glass.
Volkswagen Polo safety, security and driver assists
|5-star ANCAP rating||✔||✔||✔||✔|
- Driver and front passenger airbags
- Driver and front passenger-side airbags
- Front and rear curtain airbags
|Alarm system with interior monitoring and tilt sensor||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Electronic engine immobiliser||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Security coded audio system||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Automatic flashing emergency brake lights||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Anti-lock braking system (ABS)||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Electronic brake-pressure distribution (EBD)||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Hill-start assist (HSA)||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Red brake callipers||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|2 x rear ISOFIX child seat mounts||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|LED lower bumper daytime driving lights||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Front fog lamps with static cornering function||✖️||Optional||✖️||✔|
|Rear fog lamp||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|LED rear licence plate lamp||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|LED rear lights||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
|Keyless access, entry and starting||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Visual indicator for rear-seat passenger seatbelts||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Anti-slip regulation (ASR)||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Electronic differential lock (EDL)||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Electronic stabilisation program (ESP)||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Extended electronic differential lock (XDL)||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Front Assist with city emergency brake (City EB) and pedestrian monitoring functions||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Rear-view camera (RVC) with static guidelines||✔||✔||✔||✔|
Volkswagen Polo interior and comfort features
|Front centre armrest with storage compartment||✖️||✔||✔||✔|
|Dual-zone climate control A/C||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
|Dust and pollen filter||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Cruise control with programmable speed limiter||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Distance warning display||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Driver-fatigue detection system||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Driver profile selection||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Sport Select suspension||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Front and rear carpeting||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
|Heat insulated tinted glass||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|8-inch touchscreen with AM/FM radio, CD player, SD card slot||✔||✔||✖️||✖️|
|8-inch touchscreen with AM/FM, Cd player, 2 x SD card slots, 2D and 3D maps||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
|App-Connect (interface for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Steering wheel controls for phone, audio and cruise control||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Beats 300W premium audio system with eight-channel amp and subwoofer||✖️||✖️||✔||Optional|
|Bluetooth phone connectivity||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Inductive wireless phone charging||✖️||✖️||✔||Optional|
|2 x USB ports front||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|2 x USB ports rear||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
|Multi-function display (MFD Plus) - monochrome trip computer, speed warning, fuel consumption, distance till empty, vehicle status, driver assistance, audio and telephone menus||✔||✔||✖️||✔|
|Active info display, 10.25-inch colour display with customisable display, driving time, trip length, average and current speed, average and current fuel use, distance till empty, engine oil temperature, speed warning function, vehicle status, audio, phone, driver assistance systems, navigation and convenience menus||✖️||✖️||✔||Optional|
|Aluminium finish accelerator and brake pedal||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Black headlining and pillar trim||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
|Chrome mirror and window switches, outer air vents, door handle surrounds and instrument cluster||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Aluminium sill scuff plates with GTI logo||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Gloss black highlight surrounding instruments and infotainment system||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Leather gearshift knob and handbrake lever||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Metallic Grey inlays in-dash, front centre console and door trims||✔||✔||✖️||✖️|
|Iron metallic grey gloss inlays in-dash, front centre console and door trims||✖️||✖️||✔||Special order|
|Velvet Red inlays in-dash, front centre console and door trims||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|LED ambient lighting in-door trim and dash||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|LED lighting in driver and front passenger footwells/phone storage compartment||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Variable luggage compartment floor level||✔||✔||✖️||✖️|
|Automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror||✖️||✔||✔||✔|
|Power folding exterior mirrors||✖️||Optional||Optional||✔|
|Electrically heated and adjustable exterior mirrors||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|LED indicators in exterior mirrors||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Manual lumbar adjustment for front seats||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
|Comfort sport front seats||✖️||✖️||✔||✖️|
|Sports seats with side bolstering||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Leather, three-spoke flat bottomed steering wheel||✔||✔||✔||✖️|
|Leather, three-spoke flat bottomed sports steering wheel||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Steering wheel gearshift paddles||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
|Comfort sport cloth||✖️||✖️||✔||✖️|
|"Clark" GTI sports cloth||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Power front and rear windows, one-touch up/down feature||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Programmable, remote-opening close and open windows||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Rear window with wash/wipe and intermittent wipe||✔||✔||✔||✔|
Volkswagen Polo exterior highlights
|Body-coloured bumper bars, door handles and exterior mirrors||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Body-coloured lower front spoiler with gloss black inserts||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Exposed dual chrome exhaust tailpipes||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|GTI nameplate on radiator grille with black honeycomb inserts||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Lower air intake and radiator grille with black honeycomb inserts||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Radiator grille, with chrome highlights||✖️||✔||✔||✖️|
|Radiator grille and headlight housings with red/chrome strip||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Rear bumper with black diffuser||✔||✔||✔||✖️|
|Rear bumper with black sports diffuser||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Rear spoiler with gloss black aerodynamic extension||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Side sill panel extensions in black finish||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|Darkened rear tail-light cluster||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Dark tinted rear side window and window glass||✖️||✖️||✔||✔|
|15-inch steel wheels||✔||✖️||✖️||✖️|
|15-inch alloy wheels||✖️||✔||✖️||✖️|
|16-inch alloy wheels||✖️||✖️||✔||✖️|
|17-inch alloy wheels||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
|15-inch steel spare wheel||✔||✔||✔||✖️|
|Speed-restricted, weight/space-saving spare wheel||✖️||✖️||✖️||✔|
A pocket-sized car that's gotten a little portlier over the years (haven't we all?), journalists favourably reviewed the Polo. It's probably best summed up by one writer, who said it was the standout all-rounder of the segment. It's not flawless by any means, but it's above average in every way. If you want a small-ish hatchback with good equipment levels, composed handling and a reserved style – the Polo is probably the one you should go for.
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