New variant here in August from $22,490

Local details for the Volkswagen Polo Beats have been announced this week ahead of its August launch, with the new variant priced from $22,490 before on-road costs.

The fifth member of the sixth-generation Polo family in Australia becomes the new flagship of the core range, sitting one rung below the GTI hot hatch.

Available in both six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG forms ($24,990 plus ORCs), the Beats gets several unique equipment items, including the 10.25-inch Active Info digital instrument cluster – a first in Australia for the Polo – a 300W Beats premium audio system, Beats emblem on the B-pillar, 16-inch 'Torsby' alloy wheels, black door mirrors, satellite navigation, and a Matte Velvet Red dashboard insert.

Above: Our car will come with the Active Info Display, not these analogue dials. We'll update when imagery is available. 

Other highlights include Beats decals for the roof and bonnet, Comfort Sport front seats and unique interior upholstery.

All that kit is on top of standard equipment from the lower variants including city-speed autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear-view camera, 8.0-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, front fog-lights, and LED tail-lights.

Four exterior finishes will be offered – red (solid), white, silver (metallics) and black (pearl). Premium hues ask for an additional $500.

There's also the optional Driver Assistance pack ($1400), which adds adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and an automated parking assistant.

Power comes from the same 1.0-litre turbo triple from the Comfortline and Launch Edition models, which puts out 85kW of power and 200Nm of torque.

The Polo Beats is on sale now, with first deliveries arriving in August. Volkswagen's local division added we should see the sporty R-Line package and LED headlights should become available to select variants as options in late-July or early-August.

Note: Overseas model shown. We'll update the story when local images become available.

2018 Volkswagen Polo 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)
  • Beats – $22,490/$24,990 (6MT/7DSG) NEW
  • GTI – $30,990 (6DSG)

All prices exclude on-road costs

Options

  • Metallic paint – $500
  • Driver Assistance Package (N/A Trendline) – $1400
  • Sound and Vision Package (GTI) – $1900
  • Luxury Package (GTI) – $3900