Volkswagen Polo value sharpened as runout nears

The new-generation 2018 Volkswagen Polo is on the horizon, so the company has sexed-up the outgoing current version for one final hurrah.
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Volkswagen Australia announced this week its intention to dump the familiar Polo Trendline and Comfortline variants and replace them with new models called the Urban and Urban+.

Both new variants retain the same relatively aggressive drive-away pricing as the Trendline and Comfortline, but sweeten the deal with between $1500 and $3000 worth of extra stuff.

The Trendline-replacing Polo Urban adds 15-inch ‘Tosca’ alloys; a leather steering wheel, parking brake and gear shift knob; Multi-Function Display trip computer, illuminated vanity mirrors and some badging that says ‘Urban’. Ooooh.

The Urban+ adds more than $3000 in value including 16-inch ‘Portago' alloys, front fog lights, dark tinted windows, automatic headlights, driver fatigue detection, rain-sensing wipers, and badging.

The “enhanced” interior treatment includes heated comfort sport front seats with Alcantara trim, climate control air-conditioning, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, front footwell lighting and chrome and silver decorative trimming.

Additionally, a new Driver Assistance Package ($1800) available for the Urban+, features Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Discover Media satellite-navigation system and parking distance sensors front and rear.

It’s worth noting that the related Skoda Fabia gets AEB standard.

Metallic or pearlescent paint adds $500. The palette now includes Flash Red from the Polo GTI. (See gallery for images.)

Both variants use Volkswagen’s 1.2-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol, tuned for 66kW/160Nm in the Urban and 81kW/175Nm in the Urban+, both matched to six-speed manual or DSG automatic transmissions.

As you can read here, the brand new Volkswagen Polo touches down in Australia around March 2018, with the Polo Urban and Urban+ to continue until then, alongside the hotted-up GTI.

Sales in the Polo’s Light Car segment — determined so by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries’ VFACTS sales data — are down 13 per cent this year, The Polo has managed 3316 sales, down 18 per cent, but enough for 8 per cent market share.

Speaking plainer, the VW is fifth in-market behind the Hyundai Accent, Mazda 2, Toyota Yaris and Honda Jazz, but ahead of the Suzuki Swift and Kia Rio.

Volkswagen Polo drive-away prices

Polo Urban manual — $16,990

Polo Urban DSG — $19,490

Polo Urban+ manual — $19,990

Polo Urban+ DSG — $22,490

Driver Assistance Pack (Urban+) — $1800Metallic/Pearlescent paint — $500