Last year, Galimoto Media took to the roads of the Eastern Cape to test the new Volkswagen Polo range as the sixth generation of this car was launched. Now, some time after this initial; and a few other; tests with the Polo, we got to test the Beats version.
What makes this Polo different?
On a more serious note, the Polo Beats is very much the same as the other models. Featuring a 1.0 TSI engine, this Polo kicks out 70kW (at 5,000rpm) and 175Nm (2,000 – 3,500rpm). As tested on the long and open roads of the Eastern coast, this engine is much livelier than what can be seen on paper.
With a five speed manual (R16,000 more for the automatic Beats Comfortline), this car is easily capable of travelling the standard 120kph at low revolutions. Secondly, a low fuel economy of just above 5 litres per 100km will also keep the car on the open road for quite a while, thanks to a 40l fuel tank.
In terms of safety, the Polo Beats comes with ABS / EBD, brake assist, traction- and stability control and 6 airbags.
Further, the car also comes with electric windows, power steering, central locking, air conditioning (climate control as optional), Bluetooth, USB ports, LED daytime running lights , front fog lights, rear fog lights, multi function steering wheel, keyless access and alloy wheels.
Off course there are also numerous optional extras like a reverse camera, park distance sensors, electric folding mirrors, automatic rain sensor wipers, automatic headlights, a panoramic roof, navigation and keyless central locking.
However, you might only purchase the Beats for one reason. Beats by Dr. Dre, as you may or may not know, is one of the leading audio manufacturers worldwide, joining forces with Apple Inc. in 2014.
As a student in need of a car, trying to convince your parents that the Polo Beats has more safety and a bigger boot than the normal Polo Comfortline, will not fly.
Costing R13 000 more than the normal 1.0 TSI Comfortline, the Beats carries a 300 Watt sound system. Secondly, it may also give you some differently coloured interior panels, which brings more ‘funk’ to the car itself.
Thirdly, the Beats is also equipped with comfortable Beats branded seats. Should the desire be there, the car can also be ordered with a 11.2 inch infotainment system found in the new Golf.
Should I go for the Beats?
We very much like the new Polo range and there is a good reason for being the second highest selling car in South Africa (after the Polo Vivo). Not only does the new Polo range provide more safety and comfort, but also incredible value for money; thanks to Volkswagen building a manufacturing plant in the Eastern Cape.
However, purchasing the Beats might not be the best option in the Polo line-up. At R295,700 (R311,750 for the automatic), we would very much rather prefer the Comfortline R-Line (R300,500) or the 1.0 TSI Highline (R306,900). Spend R5,000 more and you can walk away with the 1.0 TSi Comfortline R-Line auto.
In short, a sound system might be very fitting and depending on the age of the buyer, the Beats system could be very appealing. However, to get more money’s worth, either of the other mentioned models in this line up is preferred.