You cannot argue with the track record of the Polo Vivo. The budget car star has sold nearly 175 000 units since being launched five years ago and it takes a pretty sizable chunk of the entry-level market. To sustain the appeal and freshness of the Vivo, Volkswagen will inevitably release versions with greater exclusivity and a little more in terms of standard fare. We saw this with the iconic Citi Golf. The new Vivo Eclipse is one such offering.
The model is available in hatchback and sedan variants. Take your pick from two colour choices – Pure White or Deep Pearlescent Black. According to Volkswagen, this makes it more exclusive. It is based on the 1.4 derivative (63kW and 132Nm) which is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. On the outside, it is set apart by silver mirror housings, 16-inch Mistral alloy wheels, lowered suspension, chrome strips on the tailgate and sides as well as “Eclipse” badges. Inside it gets a centre console with a steely paint finish, partial leather on the steering wheel and gear lever, as well as smarter seat upholstery.
The hatchback costs R168 600 while the sedan goes for R174 600. This includes a three-year/120 000km warranty. As an optional extra, you can have a five-year/60 000km maintenance plan or service plan of the same duration. Service intervals are set at 15 000km.