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2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best City Car

Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best City Car Finalists: Kia Picanto Kia Rio Suzuki Swift Toyota Yaris Volkswagen Polo The city-car segment took the second-biggest sales hit in 2020 – down nearly 40 per cent – though it remains the go-to vehicle type for buyers looking for some of Australia’s cheapest new cars – including many still priced below $20,000...

2022 Volkswagen Polo facelift officially revealed, Australian launch early 2022

The facelifted 2022 Volkswagen Polo has been officially unveiled, ahead of its Australian launch in the first quarter of 2022. Changes are concentrated on the styling front, with the Polo gaining a revised front-end with new headlights loosely inspired by the larger Golf, connected across the slimmer grille by an LED light strip similar to other Volkswagen vehicles...

2022 Volkswagen Polo facelift teased – UPDATE: Images leak ahead of Thursday's unveiling

UPDATE, 22 April 2021: The 2022 Volkswagen Polo has been officially revealed, a few hours ahead of schedule. Click here to read the full story. UPDATE, 21 April 2021: The 2022 Volkswagen Polo has leaked, just a day ahead of its official reveal...

2022 Volkswagen Polo and T-Roc facelifts: Australian launches due in 2022, including T-Roc R – UPDATE

UPDATE, 20 April 2021: The updated Volkswagen Polo could arrive much earlier than expected, as CarAdvice understands the core range will arrive in local showrooms from the first quarter of 2022 (January to March inclusive). Our original story continues below. 25 March 2021: The 2022 Volkswagen Polo and 2022 Volkswagen T-Roc will receive mid-life facelifts in Australia in the second half of next year...

The safest cars for young drivers under $30,000 in Australia

Buying a new car is an exciting yet arduous process – more so when it's your first time jumping through the hoops. While key factors such as style, performance and price are usually top of mind, given that novice drivers are over-represented in fatal crashes – due to a combination of inexperience and older, cheaper and less safe cars – safety should also make the list of priorities...

Q&A: Most economical cars under $30,000?

Hey CarAdvice, I am looking to buy the most environmentally-friendly car I can afford. What are my options at the lower end of the market? Thanks! – Alice Kez Casey If you're looking at environmentally-friendly through the lens of fuel consumption, then cars like the Volkswagen Polo (which uses 5.0 litres of fuel per 100km), Toyota Yaris (4...

Volkswagen Polo Harlequin: colourful classic revived

The Volkswagen Polo Harlequin has been revived in the Netherlands as a one-off, in celebration of the eccentric and quirky car's 25th birthday. The limited-edition Volkswagen model was launched in 1995 as a promotional stunt, and featured multi-coloured body panels in Flash Red, Ginster Yellow, Pistachio Green and Chagall Blue. Powered by the optional 1...

2021 Volkswagen Polo facelift spied with minimal camouflage – UPDATE: Rendered!

UPDATE, 17 January 2021: Following new spy images that emerged last week, Russian website Kolesa has created a set of renderings previewing what the (fully) un-camouflaged Volkswagen Polo facelift will look like. Up front, a pair of Golf-inspired headlights sit above a revised lower fascia, while at the rear reshaped tail-lights and a restyled 'diffuser' headline the (albeit minor) changes...

Five fun-size hot hatches in Australia now or coming soon

Hot hatches are enjoying a resurgence as our cities become congested and more buyers are treating themselves to a new car in lieu of an overseas holiday. With most international borders closed for the foreseeable future, dealers are reporting unexpected high demand – in particular for top end cars...

Volkswagen Polo recalled due to leaking fuel injectors

Volkswagen Australia has issued a recall of 67 examples of its model-year 2019-2020 three-cylinder Polo hatchback due to an issue involving leaking fuel injectors. The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says the faulty injectors "may leak fuel into the engine when the vehicle is turned off for an extended period of time"...

Five underrated cars you might buy for a bargain price

New-car sales were down by 12.8 per cent in July compared to the same month last year. When looking at the figures on a year-to-date basis, this downward trend grows to 19.2 per cent in decline. You can read colleague Joshua Dowling's full July VFACTS report here, which goes through the nitty-gritty of the market in great detail...