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11 Sep 2014
6:00 pm

Polo Vivo gets a remake

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The new Polo Vivo model range will be launched with four new equipment lines: Conceptline, Blueline, Trendline and Comfortline.

The hatch body version will also be available in a sporty GT and rugged Maxx derivatives. 

Volkswagen has given the new Polo Vivo a fresh and exciting look with the addition of a new headlight design and a grille with chrome inserts.

The redesigned front end with the VW badge in the centre is strikingly noticeable when one sees the new Vivo for the first time. In Trendline and Comfortline derivatives, the lower grille also gets chrome inserts that add a youthful, modern character to the car. 

Exterior mirrors and door handles of the Trendline, Comfortline and GT derivatives are offered in the body colour. 

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The Conceptline, Trendline and Comfortline have new interior trims, which add an exciting ambience and feel in the cabin. A new gear knob with leatherette gearshift has been introduced. Trendline, Comfortline, GT and Maxx derivatives now have a height-adjustable driver seat. The new instrument cluster with red and white illumination adds class. 

For in-car entertainment, new customers have an option of CD/radio with MP3 capability/Bluetooth/USB with four speakers (standard on Trendline, but optional on Conceptline and Blueline). Comfortline, GT and Maxx derivatives get two extra speakers for sound enhancement. 

Active and passive standard safety features have been enhanced in the new Polo. ABS, alarm and remote central locking are now standard features across the range. Front foglights are a standard feature in Comfortline, GT and Maxx derivatives. 

The Vivo has always offered generous and practical boot space. For the hatch body version, the boot has a luggage volume of 270 litres and, with a folded rear bench seat, it increases to 635 litres. The sedan boasts 432 litres of luggage compartment, which increases to a voluminous 737 litres with folded seats. 

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The high-quality standard of the body is obvious to even untrained eyes. For example, when you look at the small gap measurements it’s a clear sign the Vivo has great torsional stiffness. 

This not only prevents undesired noise inside, but makes a decisive contribution to the high level of occupant safety. The safety structure provides optimum protection in accidents. The body is also protected against corrosion. Vivo comes standard with a six-year anti-corrosion warranty. 

The chassis design is based on both modern and proven principles that make the Polo Vivo one of the safest car in the A0 entry-level segment.

The suspension has been developed using the McPherson strut. The lower wishbones ensure the best possible directional stability. 

The concept – using a subframe – optimises the handling, as well as reduces tyre noise. Volkswagen has opted for a semi-independent axle for the rear, using a torsion beam and trailing arm configuration. This makes a decisive contribution to its neutral driving performance. The separate configuration of springs and dampers is advantageous for the boot, as it allows a wider cargo space. 

The Vivo features the tried-and-tested electro/hydraulic power steering. This system is electrically powered and controlled independently of the engine speed according to needs. 

Depending on the car speed and the weight, the hydraulic system is supplied with higher or lower pressure. This creates advantages in fuel consumption. Controlling the power steering pump according to the road speed means less energy is required than conventional power steering pumps. 

Thanks to low-resistance tyres and lowered suspension, Blueline is the most fuel-efficient Polo Vivo in the range. Its claimed average fuel consumption is a miserly 5.8l/100km. 

The engine of choice for the Trendline derivatives is the 63 kW 1.4-litre engine. It delivers lively performance and only takes 12.2 (17.5 for Tiptronic) seconds to reach 100km/h and has a top speed of 177 (174 for Tiptronic) km per hour.

Info:

> Offered with two four-cylinder petrol engines, at 1.4 and 1.6 litres.

> Power ranges between 55kW and 77kW. Both engines are  available with five-speed manual  transmissions as standard.

> Optional Tiptronic transmission available with 63kW 1.4 engine.

> The 1.4 litre has ample power and torque. From 2200rpm, it supplies 90% of its maximum torque, which peaks at 132Nm.

> Fuel consumption is 6.2 litres per 100km for the 1.4 and 6.6 litres per 100km for the 1.6 litre engine.