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VW’s Vivo gets an upgrade

05.09.2014

POLO Vivo sales literally speak volumes with 149 500 units sold since its introduction in March 2010. It is the undisputed king of sales in the passenger vehicle segment in South Africa.

The new model will get improved looks and offer new trim lines which are more in line with the new VW passenger vehicle model range.

New equipment lines

The new Polo Vivo model range will be launched with four new equipment lines, Conceptline, Blueline, Trendline and Comfortline. The hatch body version will also be available in GT and Maxx derivatives.

 Enhanced features

The Vivo  gets  a new headlight design and grille with chrome inserts while the Trendline and Comfortline derivatives feature a  lower grille with chrome inserts. Exterior mirrors and door handles of the Trendline, Comfortline and GT derivatives are offered in body colour.

The Conceptline, Trendline and Comfortline have new interior trims such as a new gear knob AND leather gearshift has been introduced. Trendline, Comfortline, GT and Maxx derivatives now have a height adjustable driver seat; there’s even a new instrument cluster with red and white illumination.

For in-car entertainment, new Polo Vivo customers 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 foglights are a standard feature in Comfortline, GT and Maxx derivatives.

 Boot space for all seasons

The Volkswagen Polo Vivo has a boot space of 270 litres and with folded rear bench seat, it increases to 635 litres. Meanwhile, Polo Vivo sedan boasts 432 litres of luggage compartment which increases to 737 litres with folded seats.

Engines

Nothing has changed in term of the powertrains as there are still two, four-cylinder petrol engines, 1.4 and 1.6 litres. The power output of these engines range from 55kW to 77kW. Both engines are available with five-speed manual transmissions as standard. An optional tiptronic transmission is available with a 63kW 1.4-litre engine.

Conceptline 1.4 delivering 55kW

The entry engine in the Polo Vivo model range is the 1.4-litre with the 55kW power output available at 5000rpm. From 2200rpm, the engine supplies 90 percent of its maximum torque that peaks at 132 Nm. In addition to its lively performance, the 1.4-litre engine has impressive fuel consumption of 6.2 litres/100km/h.

Blueline 1.4 delivering 55kW 

Thanks to low resistance tyres and lowered suspension, Blueline is the most fuel efficient Polo Vivo in the range. Blueline has a 1.4-litre 55kW engine with 132Nm of torque. Its average fuel consumption is 5.8 litres/100km.

Trendline 1.4 delivering 63kW

The engine of choice for the Trendline derivatives is the 63kW 1.4-litre engine. This engine is offered with a standard five-speed transmission or with an optional automatic (Tiptronic) transmission and 132Nm of torque at 3600rpm (3800 for Tiptronic). It takes 12.2 (17.5 for Tiptronic) seconds to reach 100km/h and has a top speed of 177km/h (174 for Tiptronic). On average, it has a combined fuel consumption of 6.2 (6.9 for Tiptronic) litres/100km.

Comfortline, GT and Maxx 1.6 delivering 77kW

With a top speed of 187km/h, the 1.6-litre 77kW engine offers the best performance in the range. The sprint from 0-100 km/h is achieved in 10.6 seconds. The 155Nm torque is available at 3500rpm. The performance has not compromised fuel consumption. The 77kW engine has a respectable claimed fuel consumption of 6.6 litres/100 kilometres.

Article written by Autodealer
05.09.2014
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