Volkswagen has given the new Polo Vivo a fresh and exciting look with the addition of a new headlight design and a grille with chrome inserts. The redesigned front end with the VW badge in the centre is strikingly noticeable when one sees the new Vivo for the first time. In Trendline and Comfortline derivatives, the lower grille also gets chrome inserts that add a youthful, modern character to the car. Exterior mirrors and door handles of the Trendline, Comfortline and GT derivatives are offered in the body colour.
The Conceptline, Trendline and Comfortline have new interior trims, which add an exciting ambience and feel in the cabin. A new gear knob with leatherette gearshift has been introduced. Trendline, Comfortline, GT and Maxx derivatives now have a height-adjustable driver seat.
The new instrument cluster with red and white illumination adds a touch of class. For in-car entertainment, new owners have an option of CD/radio with MP3 capability/Bluetooth/USB with four speakers (standard on Trendline, but optional on Conceptline and Blueline). Comfortline, GT and Maxx derivatives get two extra speakers for sound enhancement.
Active and passive standard safety features have been enhanced in the new Polo. ABS, alarm and remote central locking are now standard features across the range. Front fog lights are a standard feature in Comfortline, GT and Maxx derivatives.
The Vivo has always offered generous and practical boot space. For the hatch body version, the boot has a luggage volume of 270-litres and, with a folded rear bench seat, it increases to 635-litres. The sedan boasts 432-litres of luggage compartment, which increases to a voluminous 737-litres with folded seats.
The high-quality standard of the body is obvious - for example, when you look at the small gap measurements it's a clear sign the Vivo has great torsional stiffness.
This not only prevents noise intruding, but makes a decisive contribution to the high level of occupant safety. The safety structure provides optimum protection in case of an accident.
The body is also protected against corrosion - Vivo comes standard with a six year anti-corrosion warranty.
The chassis design is both modern and based on proven principles that make the Polo Vivo one of the safest cars in the entry-level segment. The suspension has been developed using the McPherson strut and the lower wishbones ensure the best possible directional stability.
This concept using a sub-frame, optimises the handling, as well as reduces tyre noise. Volkswagen has opted for a semi-independent axle for the rear, using a torsion beam and trailing arm configuration. This makes a decisive contribution to its neutral driving performance. The separate configuration of springs and dampers is advantageous for the boot, as it allows a wider cargo space.
The Vivo features tried-and-tested electro/hydraulic power steering. This system is electrically powered and controlled independently of the engine speed according to need.
Depending on the car speed and the weight, the hydraulic system is supplied with higher or lower pressure, which creates advantages in fuel consumption. Controlling the power steering pump according to the road speed, means less energy is required than conventional power steering pumps.
Thanks to low-resistance tyres and lowered suspension, Blueline is the most fuel-efficient Polo Vivo in the range. Its claimed average fuel consumption is a mere 5.8 litres/100km.
The engine of choice for the Trendline derivatives is the 63kW 1,4-litre engine. It delivers lively performance and only takes 12,2 seconds (17,5 for Tiptronic) to reach 100km/h and has a top speed of 177km (174 for Tiptronic) per hour.
The Vivo is offered with two four-cylinder petrol engines, at 1,4 and 1,6-litres and power ranges between 55kW and 77kW. Both engines are available with five-speed manual transmissions as standard. Optional Tiptronic transmission is available with 63kW 1,4 engine.
The 1,4-litre has ample power and torque. From 2 200rpm, it supplies 90% of its maximum torque, which peaks at 132Nm.
Fuel consumption is 6,2-litres per 100km for the 1,4 and 6,6-litres per 100km for the 1,6-litre engine.
The vehicle models are available in George and we will be test-driving it soon, so watch this space.
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