Continuing its phenomenal success story, the Polo Vivo remains the best-selling passenger car in South Africa, with the fifth-generation Polo the runner-up. 3170 Polo Vivos were sold in South Africa in October 2015 while 2320 Polo 6R/6Cs found new homes. Volkswagen Group South Africa still dominates the local passenger car market with a share of 22 per cent, the sixth year in a row it has done so. The company has sold 76,209 cars in the months from January to October 2015.
Polo Vivo Street
Coinciding with the latest buoyant sales figures, Volkswagen South Africa has also launched a new version of the Polo Vivo to entice younger buyers with a sense of style. The R159,900 (VAT and emissions tax included) Polo Vivo Street gains a style package and new exterior colours, and is only available as a hatchback: no saloon version is offered.
Powered by the standard Polo Vivo’s ubiquitous 1.4-litre 84bhp (63kW) petrol engine, the Street is spotted from its lesser brethren by its unique features which include silver mirror caps; 15-inch ‘Cordoba’ alloy wheels; 7mm lowered suspension; and the twin silver stripes on its bonnet, roof and lower front and rear doors. Inside, there is grey stitching on the leather steering wheel, gear lever and gaiter as well as its unique ‘Kadra’ seat trim.
The sporty Polo Vivo GT has also been enhanced with the upgrade of 16-inch ‘Rivazza’ alloy wheels which replace the 15-inch rims the previous version sported. ‘Clark’ seat trim has also replaced the previous ‘Rocket’ upholstery.
A Style package is also now available for 1.4-litre 84bhp (63kW) Trendline, 1.6-litre 103bhp (77kW) Trendline (Sedan) and 1.6-litre 103bhp (77kW) Comfortline derivatives. Features include 15-inch ‘Riverside’ alloy wheels, ‘Vienna’ leather seats, cruise control and chrome trim rings in the instrument cluster, as well as the ventilation and switch knobs. The Style package costs R13,000 for the Trendline models and R9,100 for the Comfortline variant.
Finally, four new colours have been also added to the Polo Vivo palette. Buyers can now also choose Sunset Red Metallic, Blue Silk Metallic, Pepper Grey Metallic and Honey Orange (exclusively available for the Polo Vivo Maxx).
The Polo Vivo was launched in March 2010 as an entry-level model for the South African market, replacing the Series 1 Golf-based CitiGolf and is based on the facelifted Series 4 Polo sold in Europe from 2005-2009. It is available as a three or five-door hatchback and four-door booted saloon with 74bhp/84bhp 1.4-litre and 103bhp 1.6-litre petrol engines.