Amid the Dieselgate scandal one cannot help but ask serious questions around whether Volkswagen will ever rise from the fall. But the brand takes a more positive light in headlines this week (locally anyway) with the launch of the enhanced Polo sedan.
The revised version of the model boasts a refreshed interior and subtle exterior tweaks. Inside, there are new seat upholsteries, various radio systems and a flat-bottomed, multi-function steering wheel.
For the exterior, the new Polo sedan has been given a contemporary appearance with the redesigned front and rear bumpers as well as headlights and front foglights for the Comfortline derivatives.
The Comfortline derivatives also feature chrome accents on the door handles, front lower grille, boot lid and lower rear bumper. Meanwhile, the Trendline derivatives are now offered with colour coded side mirrors and door handles.
The indicators which were previously on the fenders have been integrated into the side mirrors and four new colours have also been added into the range. These are Titanium Beige metallic, Night Blue metallic, Carbon Steel metallic and Toffee Brown metallic.
Under the skin the 1.6 TDI engine with 77kW has been replaced with a 1.5 TDI. The new engine also delivers 77kW of power. The new Polo sedan can be had with optional features such as rear park distance control, cruise control (standard in Comfortline derivatives) and a rain sensor with auto-dimming interior mirror (only available in Comfortline derivatives).
A three-year/40 000km service plan is standard across the board. Prices range from R189 900 for the 1.4 Trendline while the 1.5 TDI Comfortline is R247 200.