2018 Polo Vivo

 

2018 Polo Vivo - Front Quarter
2018 Polo Vivo – Front Quarter

 

The Polo Vivo name brand has established itself as the most popular passenger car in South Africa. The new Polo Vivo has recently been launched and I am sure that even more Vivo’s will be sold going forward.

The outgoing model was based on the popular fourth-generation Polo but became a bit “long-in-the-tooth” now the new polo is based on the fifth-generation Polo which is quite a bit of a step up from the forth-generation platform.

Great news for the consumer is that the new Polo Vivo is well priced and in fact priced in line with its outgoing predecessor at the lower end of the range. However when you move up in the range pricing is slightly higher, yet still affordable. (Pricing ranges from around R180k to R250k)

Under the bonnet the 1.4 and 1.6 petrol engines are still available carried over from the outgoing models, however the GT model gets the 1.0t TSI 81kW and 200Nm engine.

2018 Polo Vivo - Rear Quarter
2018 Polo Vivo – Rear Quarter

 

Here is how the models stack up:

Trendline gets the 1.4-litre petrol engine producing 55kW and 130Nm (Entry Level) while the Comfortline produces 63kW and 132Nm
The 1.6-litre petrol produces 77kW and 153Nm and is available in the Comfortline as well as the Highline trim. You can however get the 1.6-liter with ether an Auto box or a Manual.

 

On the safety front the Polo Vivo comes standard with dual-front airbags, unfortunately no side airbags.

Available Model List:
1.4 Trendline 55kW
1.4 Comfortline 63kW
1.6 Comfortline Tiptronic (auto) 77kW
1.6 Highline 77kW
1.0 TSI GT 81kW

The Trim packages includes the following:

Trendline: standard air conditioning, front electric windows, height and reach adjustable steering, a four-speaker SD/USB/Bluetooth audio system, dual front airbags and ABS brakes.

Comfortline: Includes the Trendline goodies as well as a multi-function steering wheel, trip computer, height-adjustable driver’s seat, upgraded seat cloth, front fog lights as well as body-coloured door handles and side mirrors.

 

2018 Polo Vivo - Interior
2018 Polo Vivo – Interior

 

Highline: Includes Trendline and Comfortline features as well as six-speaker Colour Touchscreen Radio 340G with App-Connect, a leather-covered steering wheel with alloy inserts and 16-inch Rivazza alloy wheels, ESC stability control as well as a tyre pressure monitoring system.

GT: Includes all of the above as well as GT lettering and a rear spoiler, sporty interior, sport pedals and cruise control.

 

Optional Extras available on all models: Leather Seats, Cruise Control, ESP, Tyre pressure monitor, 15” mags and front fog lights.

 

All models include a three-year/120 000km warranty, and a service plan is optional. Service intervals are pegged at 15 000km.

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Murray Kroucamp

Murray Kroucamp Has a passion for cars and the wonderful world of motoring journalism. Background includes: Regulatory liaison; Customer Experience Executive Complaints Management; Data analyst. Founded the Mazda 2 Owners page on Facebook in 2008. Founded Murray’s Car Reviews (South Africa) on Facebook in 2015 which has around 800 active members. Also started writing car reviews on Linkedin in 2017. Working on turning the hobby into a profession.

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