Unveiled in June and now based on a version of the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform known as A0 which it shares with the Seat Ibiza, the Polo not only gains in overall dimensions, but also sees the departure of the three-door model due to lack of demand.
Eclipsing previous generation Golfs in terms of size and length, the Polo, which will debut on South African shores next year and built at the automaker's plant in Uitenhage, features a range of new driver assistance systems including City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection semi-autonomous Park Assist and Rear Traffic Alert.
In terms of standard creature comforts, again depending on the trim level selected, the Polo gets a eight-inch touchscreen display with or without satellite navigation, DAB digital radio, auto on/off light with daytime running LEDs, alloy wheel sizes ranging from 15-17 inches, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, rain sense wipers, the 12.3-inch Active Info Display cluster, a 300 watt Beats sound system, keyless entry and in the case of the GTI, Volkswagen's XDS electronic differential.
Available in seven different trim levels; S, SE, Beats, SEL, R-Line, GTI and GTI+, the latter mainly adding a number of items to the regular GTI, initial powerunits consist of a normally aspirated 1.0-litre petrol developing 48 kW and 1.0-litre TSI with 70 kW. A five-speed manual is standard on both models with a seven-speed DSG optional on the TSI.
Due later, the Polo will also become available with a 55 kW free breathing 1.0-liltre, a 85 kW 1.0 TSI, the 1.5 TSI Evo with 110 kW and a 1.6 TDI with 59 kW and 70 kW. A five-speed manual gearbox will be standard on the 1.0 and 1.6 TDI, while a six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG are offered on the TSI, the latter the sole option on the 1.5 TSI.
The GTI and GTI+ meanwhile are outfitted with the same 2.0-litre TSI unit previously used in the Golf 6, tuned to deliver 147 kW and 320 Nm of torque. Available with either the six-speed manual or six-speed DSG, Volkswagen claims a top speed of 237 km/h and 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds.
For now, prices start at £13 855 (R251 150) for the 1.0 S with the 1.0 TSI Beats DSG capping the range off at £18 330 (R332 268). Although listed, both the SEL, R-Line, GTI and GTI+ are only expected to become available at a later stage.