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by Tim Beissmann

The 2012 Volkswagen Polo is now on sale in Australia. The price of the popular Comfortline models has been reduced and new features have been added across the range.

The most significant change is to the entry-level Trendline, which is now a five-door model rather than a three-door. Volkswagen Australia’s decision to discontinue the three-door base model follows its confirmation that it will launch the all-new sub-light Up! hatchback in both three- and five-door body styles later this year. The Up! will sit below the Polo in Volkswagen’s line-up, with an expected starting price of around $15,000.

The five-door Trendline is $300 more expensive than the previous three-door models, and as a result, the 2012 Polo range now starts at $16,990 before on-road costs.

Volkswagen has lopped $860 off the price of the 77TSI petrol and 66TDI diesel Comfortline models, which now range from $18,990 to $23,990.

The only three-door Polo available in the 2012 line-up is the GTI, which continues to be offered alongside the flagship five-door model. GTI prices carry over unchanged at $27,790 and $28,990 respectively.

All 2012 Volkswagen Polo models now come standard with Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, Media Device Interface with USB connection cable, and daytime driving lights.

The GTI models benefit most from the 2012 Model Year upgrade, adding a 6.5-inch touchscreen system with SD card slot and six-disc CD changer, climate control, rain-sensing wipers and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

The Polo Trendline is powered by a 63kW/132Nm 1.4-litre petrol engine. It features 14-inch steel wheels, single halogen headlights, height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel, manual air conditioning, and a six-speaker audio system.

The 77kW/175Nm turbo petrol and 66kW/230Nm turbo diesel Comfortline models add 15-inch alloy wheels, twin-halogen headlights, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, chrome interior highlights, front comfort seats and front-centre armrest, reading lights, and a multi-function trip computer.

The 132kW/250Nm turbocharged and supercharged GTI models feature 17-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, front fog lights, honeycomb grille, front and rear spoilers, black rear diffuser, dual chrome exhausts, sports suspension, extended electronic differential lock (XDL), aluminium pedals, sports seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

All models have a five-star ANCAP safety rating, and are fitted standard with six airbags and electronic stability control.

Volkswagen sold 4358 Polos in Australia in 2011, up 36 per cent compared with the previous year. Its share of the sub-$25,000 light-car segment increased from 2.3 per cent to 3.4 per cent.

2012 Volkswagen Polo manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • Trendline five-speed manual – $16,990 (new model)
  • Trendline seven-speed DSG – $19,490 (new model)
  • 77TSI Comfortline six-speed manual – $18,990 (-$860)
  • 77TSI Comfortline seven-speed DSG – $21,490 (-$860)
  • 66TDI Comfortline six-speed manual – $21,490 (-$860)
  • 66TDI Comfortline seven-speed DSG – $23,990 (-$860)
  • GTI three-door seven-speed DSG – $27,790 (no change)
  • GTI five-door seven-speed DSG – $28,990 (no change)



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