The new gearbox raises the automatic Polo Club's price tag by $500 to $19,490, while the entry price for the range (Polo Club 5-speed manual) remains unchanged at $16,990.
The two extra gears increase power by 4Kw (59kW) and 4Nm (130Nm) over the previous model, giving the new Polo Club a 0-100km/h time of 14.3 seconds, a whole second faster than the previous 4-speed auto.
The new power figures for the autos now equal that of the manuals, although manual owners will be proud to know their beloved Polo is 2.1 seconds faster to a 100km/h.
Meanwhile the 1.4-litre 4-speed automatic Polo Match has been discontinued with the new Match variants only sporting the 1.6-litre engine.
The entry model 5-speed manual Polo Club is still left without Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), but Volkswagen has equipped all 6-speed auto 1.4 and 1.6-litre models with ABS as standard.
As for fuel economy, the manual uses 6.4L/100km while the new 6-speed auto gets away with 7.3L/100km, an improvement of 0.3L/100km.
The 2008 Volkswagen Polo model range includes:
- Club 3 door Manual 5-speed 1.4i - $16,990
- Club 3 door Auto 6-speed 1.4i - $19,490
- Match 5 door Manual 5-speed 1.6i - $19,990
- Match 5 door Auto 6-speed 1.6i - $22,790
- TDI 5 door Manual 5-speed 1.9DT - $22,990
- GTI 3 door Manual 5-speed 1.8T - $26,990