Tested: 2018 Volkswagen Polo TSi Trendline

The regular stuff

I’ve long held the belief that entry-level models need not be rubbish, especially when they’re made by the Volkswagen group. A few years ago I tested the most basic Golf; and loved it. Same thing with the equivalent New Beetle or Audi A3 and A6; the cheapie models are excellent. So what’s the most affordable Polo like?

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Launched: 2018 Volkswagen Polo Vivo

Vivo ready to continue as best-seller

Since its inception in 2010, the Polo Vivo has been the best-selling car on the market. With the discontinuing of the “Citi” (MKI Golf) models, the Vivo became known as one of the best “value-for-money” packages. It sold 193,343 units since 2010. We were recently invited by Volkswagen South Africa to attend the launch of the all-new Polo Vivo in Port Elizabeth.

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Launched: 2018 VW Polo

Same name, different car

Volkswagen has been the top passenger car seller for the past seven years in South-Africa, with the manufacturer topping the sales list every month with their Polo Vivo and Polo models. In 2017 alone, it sold 22 916 units in South Africa. Every 1.57 seconds, the Uitenhage Plant produces a Polo to become someone’s new family member.

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Sprint Review: 2017 Renault Clio RS200 Lux

A new car, lots of information in short paragraphs.

What you need to know: Renault’s fourth-generation Clio arrived with new technology, great prices and fantastic looks – its fame was short-lived though because it hit a few wobblies with quality and servicing. RS stands for “RenaultSport” and is the hot-hatch model for battling Polo and 208 GTi’s.

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Padtoets: Volkswagen Polo R-line

Sprokies(kar) vir ‘n stadskind

Francisca Heese

Die nuwe Volkswagen Polo R-line is pure pret. Vir enigiemand wat hou van ‘n ruim stadsmotor met genoeg krag om die langpad Noorde toe kaf te draf, is dié nuwe Polo ‘n goeie opsie. Vanuit ‘n praktiese oogpunt, is dit ‘n betroubare en veilige motor, wat met die Bluemotion tegnologie sorg vir effektiewe brandstofverbruik.

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Tested: Renault Kwid 1.0 Dynamique

The cool price

Should you buy a cheap car? In a market where the predominant buying power is in the lower ranks, it’s a question I’ve heard many times. My immediate answer usually involves a demo or second-hand example of a better car because they offer more value than something cheap and cheerful straight out of the box.

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Sprint Review: Volkswagen Colour Up!

A new car, lots of information in short paragraphs.

What you need to know: Like most local cars – especially cool ones – the Volkswagen up! had been around for a while before it landed here. It’s what the Golf used to be – affordable hatchback transport for the Volk. It’s also what the Polo used to be – smaller and more affordable than a Golf.

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Tested: Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI Highline

The sensible all-rounder

Some things in life can be classless. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re overly bland or common (wif a capital K) because the beauty of something classless means that it’s a great all-rounder; it fits in everywhere. Like a white collar shirt, a grey handbag or the new VW Passat.

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Sprint Review: Volkswagen Polo GTi (Manual)

One new car, lots of information in random paragraphs.

Some facts: Volkswagen has refreshed its Polo range with more efficient engines and better technology, at the same time giving the hot-headed GTi a good seeing-to. Where once pounded a 1.4-litre heart, the new Polo GTi now has a growling 1.8-litre with 141kW; in DSG or Manual.

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