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Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSi Comfortline (2010)
THE NEW POLO range starts with the three-door, 1.4 Trendline at $16,690.
However, the five-door Comfortline models are expected to be the popular choice.
And so it was we drove the petrol Comfortline featuring a stirring, little turbo engine that performs way ahead of what its meagre 1.2-litre capacity might suggest. Its willingness is such that it could easily trundle around town with rarely a need to exceed 2500 rpm. The clutch and six-speed manual box are both easy and pleasant to use and there’s a shift indicator to help the driver maximise its fuel-miserly ways. However, premium unleaded is the required brew.
Those after automated gearshifts can tick the 7-speed DSG gearbox option for an extra $2500.
Our test car had more than $5000 of optional niceties fitted; including audio upgrades, comfort and convenience items and $1500 sports pack which included lowered suspension, 17-inch alloys and 40 series rubber. With good steering and sophisticated dynamics, Polo felt secure and nimble, even at pace through wet, twisty hill country.
The little VW has a solid feel and quality look throughout while standard safety features rank well as does the car’s overall refinement.
The optional heated and leather trimmed sports seats did a fine job of supporting their occupants. Boot space is useful and expands thanks to a drop-down floor board to improve its depth.
Driveability, roadholding, finish, fuel economy, safety
Requires 95 RON premium fuel
Air conditioning, 15” alloys, CD, hill start assist, tilt and reach steering adjustment, leather trim steering wheel and gearshift
Front/side/curtain airbags, antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (BA), electronic stability control (ESC), traction control (TC), front seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters
||Polo 1.2 TSI Comfortline
||Light Under $20,000
|Price when new
|Current price range
$ - $
|ANCAP crash rating
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||1.2-litre, direct-injection, turbo petrol 4-cyl
||77kW @ 5000 rpm
||175Nm @ 1500-3500 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
||11.1sec (as tested, two occupants)
|Braking from 80 km/h
||27.9 m (as tested, two occupants)
||5.5-litres/100 km, (average 8.0, as tested)
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