Bigger, burlier hatch here in March from $17,990

Australian pricing and specifications for the 2018 Volkswagen Polo range have been revealed this week, with the all-new light hatch to kick off at $17,990 before on-road costs when it arrives in showrooms next month.

The sixth-generation of Volkswagen's light car comes in at just $800 more than the vehicle it replaces, despite being larger in every dimension, more powerful and featuring more equipment.

At launch, three trim levels will be available – Trendline, Comfortline and Launch Edition – all featuring a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine mated to either a five-/six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG.

The entry-level Polo Trendline gets the lower-output '70TSI' version of the 1.0-litre mill, putting out 70kW of power and 175Nm of torque (up 4kW and 15Nm than before) – the latter available from 2000 to 3500rpm. Claimed 0-100km/h is 10.8 seconds with both transmissions, while fuel use is rated at 4.8L- and 5.0L/100km for the five-speed manual and DSG ($20,490) respectively – up 0.2L/100km for the DSG compared to the outgoing 66TSI.

Standard equipment includes 15-inch steel wheels, city-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian protection, tyre pressure monitoring, driver fatigue monitor, leather multifunction steering wheel, an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a rear-view camera.

There's also bluetooth phone and audio streaming, two USB ports, cruise control, manual air conditioning, power windows, heated electric exterior mirrors, and a split-folding rear seat.

Next in the range is the Polo Comfortline (from $19,490), which comes as standard with the more powerful '85TSI' version of the 1.0-litre turbo, developing (you guessed it) 85kW of power and 200Nm of torque (up 4kW/25Nm) – the latter on tap from 2000 to 3500rpm.

With the more powerful engine, 0-100km/h is dispatched 1.3 seconds quicker (9.5 seconds) – though 0.2 seconds slower than the outgoing model – while fuel use is rated at 5.1L/100km with the manual and 5.0L/100km (up 0.2L/100km) with the DSG ($21,990).

Additional specification over the base car includes 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, front centre armrest, and nicer 'comfort cloth' upholstery.

Finally, there's the Polo Launch Edition (from $20,490), which will serve as flagship until the high-performance Polo GTI and Polo Beats arrive in mid-2018.

Over the Comfortline grade, the Launch Edition gains 16-inch alloys, wireless phone charging, rear privacy glass, front fog-lights, and tinted LED tail-lights.

The Polo Launch Edition is powered by the same 85kW/200Nm 1.0-litre petrol as the Comfortline, available in both six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG guises ($22,990).

In terms of options, choices are limited to metallic paint ($500, all models) and the Driver Assistance package ($1500, Comfortline and Launch Edition).

The Trendline and Comfortline are available in Pure White, Reflex Silver (M), Energetic Orange (M), Limestone Grey (M) and Deep Black (M). Meanwhile, the Launch Edition is offered in Pure White, Energetic Orange (M) and Limestone Grey (M).

Opting for the Driver Assistance package on Comfortline and Launch Edition variants adds driver-assistance features like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, power folding door mirrors and a proactive occupant protection system.

With this package, the Polo joins a select few in the segment that offer adaptive cruise control – the current crop only including the Skoda Fabia and Suzuki Swift.

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed with CarAdvice a sporty R-Line package will be offered mid-year, as will the Active Info digital driver display.

The Volkswagen Polo '6' range is available to order now, with first deliveries arriving "early next month".

Note – International models shown

2018 Volkswagen Polo details

Pricing

  • 70TSI Trendline - $17,990/$20,490 (5MT/7DSG)
  • 85TSI Comfortline - $19,490/$21,990 (6MT/7DSG)
  • Launch Edition - $20,490/$22,990 (6MT/7DSG)

All prices listed are before on-road costs

Features

70TSI Trendline:

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • City AEB with pedestrian detection
  • Driver fatigue monitor
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Multi-function display
  • Leather multi-function steering wheel
  • 8.0-inch infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth
  • USB ports x2
  • Rear-view camera
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows
  • Heated electric mirrors
  • Split-folding rear seat

85TSI Comfortline adds:

  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic wipers
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Front centre armrest
  • 'Comfort' cloth upholstery

Launch Edition adds:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Privacy glass
  • Front fog-lights
  • LED tail-lights (dark tinted)

Options

  • Metallic paint (all variants) - $500
  • Driver Assistance package (Comfortline & Launch Edition) - $1400