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06 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen Polo steadies its position in January’s UK most popular cars chart

2019 Volkswagen Polo R-Line (UK)

The Volkswagen Polo held firm in the first batch of 2019 new car registration figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and in January was at number eight in the UK’s most popular cars list. A total of 2,963 Polos were registered during the first month of the year, the small Volkswagen also at number eight in the year-to-date list, too.

Fords in top two places
At number one, the Ford Fiesta kicked off 2019 in the position it has held from what seems like the start of time. Overall, 5,399 units of the Ford supermini were registered in January, with its larger Focus sibling one place below with a tally of 4,397. A figure of 3,930 gave the Volkswagen Golf fourth place, with the third place 4,270-registration Nissan Qashqai in-between the two most popular C-segment cars.

UK registrations dipped 1.6 per cent in January compared to the same period in 2018. A total of 161,013 cars were registered, with the alternative-fuel and electrified market surging 26.3 per cent, the segment now enjoying a 6.8 per cent market share. Petrol car registrations were up 7..3 per cent, but diesels were down 20.3 per cent. The UK’s top ten most popular cars during January 2019 and the year-to-date (sales figure and position in brackets) were as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 5,399 (5,399, 1st)
2 Ford Focus: 4,397 (4,397, 2nd)
3 Nissan Qashqai: 4,270 (4,270, 3rd)
4 Volkswagen Golf: 3,930 (3,930, 4th)
5 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 3,768 (3,768, 5th)
6 Vauxhall Corsa: 3,097 (3,097, 6th)
7 Kia Sportage: 3,063 (3,063, 7th)
8 Volkswagen Polo: 2,963 (2,963, 8th)
9 Toyota Yaris: 2,821 (2,821, 9th)
10 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: 2,606 (2,606, 10th)

Pole position
In South Africa, the latest sixth-generation Polo started the new year in pole (Polo?!) position, topping the passenger car sales chart with 2,512 cars registered. The fifth-generation-based Polo Vivo was second with 2,461 units, while the Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest rounded out the top three.

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31 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen launches Polo IQ Drive special edition

2019 Volkswagen Polo IQ Drive

Volkswagen has launched the Polo IQ Drive special edition model in Germany as part of a broader range of IQ Drive cars. Priced from €18,125 and offering a saving of €2,500 over a mid-range Polo Comfortline with a few selected options, just like the Polo Join of 2018, the Polo IQ Drive includes a series of upgrades and special features.

Externally, the Polo IQ Drive gains 5J x 15-inch ‘Dublin’ black and polished alloy wheels, as well as darkened rear windows. There’s a unique Petroleum Blue Metallic paint finish (other colours are available, too), and if the €1,450 ‘IQ Drive Plus’ box is ticked, 16-inch ‘Sebring’ rims become standard, along with ‘Climatronic’ climate control and Volkswagen’s Composition Media infotainment system. Inside, more style is added by way of brushed stainless steel sports pedals, a multifunction leather-rimmed steering wheel, unique ‘Cushion’ seat trim, and a Limestone Grey Metallic dashpad.

2019 Volkswagen Polo IQ Drive

Intelligent driving features
Sold on the intelligent driving features of its ‘IQ Drive’ billing, the latest Polo special edition includes a suite of safety technologies as standard. As well as blind spot warning and parking assist systems, Volkswagen’s ACC automatic distance control also features on the Polo IQ Drive. For added safety, smartphones can also be accessed by the optional Car-Net App-Connect system which offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Other Polo IQ features include rain-sensing wipers, the ‘Front Assist’ automatic braking system, and a low washer fluid warning light.

If a sports Polo is nearer the mark, the €1,285 ‘R-Line’ package adds black and diamond-turned 7J x 17-inch ‘Bonneville’ alloy wheels wrapped in 215/45 R17 tyres, as well as a special ‘R-Line’ front and rear bumpers with gloss black inserts, a rear spoiler, and sill extensions. If that’s still not enough, the €320 ‘Sport’ package which includes the Polo GTI’s ‘XDS’ electronic differential and lowered sports suspension can also be optioned.

2019 Volkswagen Polo IQ Drive R-Line

Style and technology
With a firm remit of style and technology, no versions of the the Polo IQ Drive will set the world on fire. Petrol engines range from the 1.0-litre 64bhp normally-aspirated unit through to the turbocharged 1.0-litre 113bhp TSI, and a brace of turbocharged diesels are offered in 79 or 94bhp states of tune. Depending on engine, a range of five and six-speed manual gearboxes can be selected, as well as seven-speed version of Volkswagen’s DSG transmission.

The Polo IQ Drive is priced from €18,125 for the 1.0-litre 64bhp car, rising to €24,075 for the 94bhp 1.0-litre TDI SCR. For more information on the latest addition to the Polo range, head over to Volkswagen’s German website.

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23 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Award-winning Polo scoops 2019 What Car? and Company Car Today prizes

2019 Volkswagen Polo R-Line (UK)

The day of 22 January was a re-awarding one for the current sixth-generation Polo, as it collected two industry awards. Volkswagen’s evergreen supermini collected the 2019 What Car? Small Car of the Year award at a ceremony at Grosvenor Hotel in London, while earlier in the day fleet and business magazine Company Car Today bestowed its Supermini of the Year prize on the Polo at its CCT100 Awards.

‘The Polo sets the standard’
The Polo – the second most popular car in the UK during December 2018 – dealt a sucker punch to the competition to emerge victorious and take the keenly fought-for What Car? award, thanks to some long-held qualities as well as its price. The judges commented: ‘The Polo sets the standard for comfort, practicality and refinement in the small car class, while its frugal 1.0-litre petrol engine and strong resale values make it a good long-term buy, and Volkswagen has kept the pricing sensible. There are no weaknesses in its armour.’

Additionally, the T-Roc took the What Car? Best small SUV for more than £20,000 win, a year after being commended at the 2018 ceremony in the publication’s Safety Award. And continuing a run of success at four consecutive What Car? Awards, the Touran seven seater scooped 2019’s Best MPV for between £20,000-£30,000 prize. The Polo’s 2019 What Car? prize comes 24 years after it was triumphant in the same category, from where it went on to be named the overall 1995 What Car? Car of the Year.

What Car? editor Steve Huntingford said of 2019’s honours: ‘Volkswagen’s cars are consistently among the class leaders, which is all the more impressive when you consider how diverse its range is. The brand’s successes at the 2019 What Car? Car of the Year Awards reflect this. With the I.D electric car and the eighth-generation Golf set to be revealed later this year, it seems there’s plenty of opportunity for further Volkswagen success at the 2020 What Car? Awards.’

‘High-quality and practical package’
The Polo also scores with fleet and businesses, too, and the latest version collected the title of Supermini of the Year from Company Car Today at the magazine’s second CCT100 Awards. Editor Paul Barker applauded the car’s mix of – once again, long-held – virtues: ‘Volkswagen’s Polo won in one of the most closely-fought sectors of all, proving that a desirable badge can also make sense in terms of overall running cost. The Polo impresses for all the sensible things such as efficiency, residual value and cost per mile, but in a high-quality and practical package with VW badge appeal.’

For a second year, the Up also impressed the Company Car Today judges. Awarded the title’s City Car of the Year accolade, the panel remarked that the compact Volkswagen ‘proves that high-quality little cars can also be fun and cost-effective’. Barker added: ‘The Up is at its best around town, but also surprisingly capable and spacious, making it a versatile car that keeps running costs low.’

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09 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen Polo rounds off 2018 as the second most popular car in the UK

The Volkswagen Polo scored its highest most recent position in the UK’s most popular cars list in December 2018, jumping to second place with a total of 4,928 examples finding new homes. That’s a stark contrast to the first three months of the year when the Polo didn’t appear in the list at all, due to the changeover of the fifth-generation model to the sixth.

It’s all the more impressive when it comes to the final year standings: with 45,149 Polos moving off the forecourts, the small VW was the sixth most popular nameplate in the UK during 2018. That’s one place higher than in 2017, when, with 47,855 units registered, the Volkswagen supermini was the UK’s seventh most popular car. And one more thing to take note of is the fact that the Polo outsold all versions of the supposedly more premium and design-led Mini, proving that quiet style, high quality and a wide range with models for most budgets are still valid selling points for a good deal of drivers.

The Polo’s higher 2018 achievement with a lower number of units hints at the UK market as a whole. In general, the market fell by 6.8 per cent to 2,367,147 units after a turbulent 12 months. Demand for superminis and small cars also fell by 2.5 per cent, but along with ‘lower medium’ cars, still accounted for 58.7 per cent of the market.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) December 2018 figures record the Ford Fiesta as the most popular car for another year, with 95,892 cars registered, a massive 31,063 more than the runner-up Volkswagen Golf. With a total of 5,719 units, the small Ford once again topped the chart in December, while 4,224 Golf registrations saw the evergreen VW drop to number six. The Vauxhall Corsa rounded out the top three in the year-to-date list, with 52,915 registrations.

The UK’s top 10 most popular cars during December 2018 and the final year-to-date (sales figure and position in brackets) were as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 5,719 (95,892, 1st)
2 Volkswagen Polo: 4,928 (45,149, 6th)
3 Mini: 4,650 (44,904, 7th)
4 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 4,284 (43,257, 8th)
5 Vauxhall Corsa: 4,264 (52,915, 3rd)
6 Volkswagen Golf: 4,224 (64,829, 2nd)
7 Ford Focus: 3,919 (50,492, 5th)
8 Vauxhall Astra: 3,677
9 Ford Kuga: 2,646 (40,398, 9th)
10 Nissan Qashqai: 2,609 (50,546, 4th)

(The UK’s 2018 year-to-date top ten most popular car absent from December’s registration figures was the tenth-placed Kia Sportage with 35,567 registrations.)

Popular Polos
In December 2018, the sixth-generation Polo was once again the most popular car in South Africa with 2,051 cars registered With 1,771 units at new homes, the fifth-generation Polo-based Polo Vivo was, again, not for the first time, runner-up to both its newer and bigger brother.

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31 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

The PoloDriver.com review of 2018

2018 was yet another busy year for the Volkswagen Polo. The launch and introduction of the all-new sixth-generation model into the UK and the debut of the Polo GTI R5 rally car have been the biggest happenings, while, yet again, the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Polo R has dominated the World Rallycross Championship in the hands of Johan Kristoffersson.

Historically featuring the current Polo, the South African Engen Volkswagen Cup also starred new sixth-generation Polo GTI racing cars, and while PSRX Volkswagen Sweden has bowed out of the World Rallycross Championship series for 2019, team boss and ex-rally champ Petter Solberg has promised there will be some action. Whether that turns out to be Polo-based or not, we’ve yet to find out.

Right now, though, we round up the Polo’s biggest achievements in 2018. (Bold entries are illustrated by the picture above that particular month’s list of events.)

2018 Engen Volkswagen Cup Polo GTI

January

  • Sixth-generation Polo launched in South Africa
  • Polo Vivo named the most popular passenger car in South Africa
  • Polo is the fourth most popular passenger car in South Africa
  • Fifteen orders confirmed for new Polo GTI R5 rally car as Petter Solberg tests the car in Sweden
  • New Polo GTI chosen as basis for 2018 Engen Volkswagen Cup circuit racer.

2018 Volkswagen Polo Vivo GT

February

  • Sixth-generation Polo launched in Australia from $17,990
  • New-generation Polo Vivo launched in South Africa
  • Sixth-generation Polo named the most popular passenger car in South Africa.
  • Polo Vivo is the second most popular passenger car in South Africa.

2018 PSRX Volkswagen Sweden Polo R

March

  • Polo claims Car South Africa magazine’s ‘Top 12 Best Buys 2018 – Small Hatchback’ award (Polo Vivo and Mazda 2 runners-up)
  • Polo named as ‘Best Car 2018 – Sub-Compact Cars’ by Auto Motor und Sport
  • Volkswagen India replaces Polo 1.2 with Polo 1.0 MPI
  • Indian-market limited edition Polo Pace launched
  • Polo Vivo is the most popular passenger car in South Africa for Q1 2018 with 7,027 units sold
  • Polo is the second most popular passenger car in South Africa for Q1 2018 with 6,610 units sold
  • Polo Vivo named the most popular passenger car in South Africa
  • Polo is the second most popular passenger car in South Africa
  • Polo announced as the World Urban Car 2018 winner
  • 2018 World Rallycross Championship Volkswagen Polo R Supercar revealed
  • Jeffrey Kruger wins race one of the 2018 Engen Volkswagen Cup at Kyalami.

2018 Volkswagen Vento Sport

April

  • Volkswagen Connect DataPlug and smartphone app-based connectivity system now standard on new Polo
  • Polo named ‘Safe Car of the Year’ at inaugural FirstCar Awards
  • 140bhp Polo VRS 1.2 TSI launched at 2018 Indonesia International Motor Show
  • Volkswagen India launches the Vento Sport
  • Polo Vivo is the most popular passenger car in South Africa
  • Polo named the second most popular passenger car in South Africa
  • Polo is the fifth most popular car in the UK
  • Volkswagen Motorsport announces Polo GTI R5 set for competitive debut at 2018 Rally Spain
  • Johan Kristoffersson and PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden Polo R Supercar wins World RX of Barcelona; Petter Solberg fifth
  • Johan Kristoffersson and PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden Polo R Supercar wins World RX of Portugal; Petter Solberg third
  • Jeffrey Kruger wins races two and three of the 2018 Engen Volkswagen Cup at Killarney.

2018 Volkswagen Polo SEL (UK)

May

  • Rear seat belt safety issue found on sixth-generation Polo models
  • Polo is the most popular passenger car in South Africa
  • Polo Vivo named the second most popular passenger car in South Africa
  • Polo is the fifth most popular car in the UK
  • Petter Solberg and PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden Polo R Supercar finish second at World RX of Belgium; Johan Kristoffersson fifth
  • Johan Kristoffersson and PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden Polo R Supercar wins World RX of Great Britain; Petter Solberg seventh
  • Tasmin Pepper wins races four and five of the 2018 Engen Volkswagen Cup at Zwartkops.

2018 Volkswagen Polo Vivo Maxx

June

  • New South African-only Volkswagen Polo Vivo Maxx revealed
  • Volkswagen South Africa launches new Polo GTI from R375,900
  • Polo Vivo is the most popular passenger car in South Africa
  • Polo named the second most popular passenger car in South Africa
  • Polo is the fifth most popular car in the UK
  • Johan Kristoffersson and PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden Polo R Supercar wins World RX of Norway
  • Johan Kristoffersson and PSRX Volkswagen Team Sweden Polo R Supercar wins World RX of Sweden
  • Jonathan Mogotsi wins races six and seven of the 2018 Engen Volkswagen Cup at East London.

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