- Fuel-efficient 81kW 1.0 TSI engine for Polo
- Price includes sporty R-Line package
- Full house of top-end comfort features
Volkswagen SA has expanded its Polo range with a one-litre, three-cylinder, TSI petrol engine that, the automaker says, “is a precursor to our small-engine strategy in South Africa”.
It will also be the base engine in the next VW Golf when it arrives in South Africa in the second quarter of 2017 and its 999cc is not to be sniffed at: at 81kW it’s way more powerful than fuel-injected 1.6 engines of not so long ago.
Maximum torque is listed as 200Nm from 2000-3500rpm; 0-100km/h can be done in 9.3sec and top speed is close to 200km/h – again, way more than larger engines of only a few years ago.
BlueMotion Technology, stop/start, battery regeneration and a seven-speed auto transmission, promise a possible 4.4 litres/100km/h.
This Polo will also be the first with VW’s R-Line package – a “sporty” version that has an R-Line logo on the radiator grille, front and rear bumpers and sill extensions, a sporty rear diffuser with a chromed exhaust exit, a rear paint-matched spoiler and 17″ alloy wheels rims.
The R-Line also adds Bluetooth and USB, an iPhone/iPod interface, fatigue detection, sport front cloth seats and door trim, a multifunction steering and front foul-weather lights.
Further personalisation items include a 15cm media screen, light and vision bits (that translates to auto
windscreen wipers and auto headlights, auto-dimming interior mirror, cruise control, auto aircon, sunroof, parking radar front and rear with rear camera, diode headlights and diode daytime lights).
…AND THE PRICE
The 1.0 TSI Polo R-line retails (March 2017) for R290 200 (VAT and emissions tax, three-year or 45 000km service plan, three-year or 120 000km vehicle warranty and 12-year no-rust-through warranty included).
Service intervals 15 000km
NEW POLO TURBO ENGINE. Cool alloy rims, skirts and a rear-screen spoiler are each in the package. Image: VW / Quickpic