If you enjoy broadcasting your musical tastes to all and sundry then the new Volkswagen Polo Beats will no doubt be, uh, music to your ears. For as the name suggests this special-edition Polo comes equipped as standard with a 300-watt Beats sound system. Volkswagen describes it as ‘premium’ but ever since I read this Gizmodo article about how Beats actually ‘tricks you into thinking it makes a premium product‘ I have been pretty suspicious about the quality of their supposed audiophile-grade product offerings.
Whatever. For R260 700 you can now get a Polo equipped with no less than seven speakers: two tweeters in the A-pillars, two woofers in the front doors, two broadband speakers in the back and… here’s the clincher… a subwoofer neatly integrated into the spare wheel well. Yes, you assume right – the full-sized spare wheel has been sacrificed in the name of sound.
Which means that when you get a puncture on the N1 highway in December and the magic tyre-sealant provided doesn’t do jack to plug the hole then you’re pretty stuffed. But who cares – it’s all about the bass, right? While you wait around for the AA to arrive at least you’ll have a wide range of listening options to keep you entertained as the Polo Beats ships with a Composition Media Radio that offers USB, AUX-in and Bluetooth connectivity.
Now obviously some people are hard of hearing and might not be able to fully appreciate this new Polo for what it is. So to make it stand out Volkswagen has fitted it with 16-inch ‘Portago’ alloy wheels, red door mirrors, dark red tail lights and racy Beats-branded side film. Vandals will no doubt appreciate the Beats badge stuck on the B-pillar – watch where you park it. Inside you’ll find sports seats, loads more Beats branding and a leather steering wheel. – Thomas Falkiner