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Mini Golf isn't just a fun game. It's also the best descriptor for the imminent 2018 Volkswagen Polo, which takes the company's smallest model (in Australia) to new heights, in terms of space, in-car tech and dynamic sophistication.
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CarAdvice podcast 94: On location at our ute megatest!

We're on location this week from the Melbourne 4x4 Training and Proving Ground for our ute mega test with Mandy Turner, CEO Andrew Beecher, Mike Costello, Curt Dupriez and Kez Casey. In car news, the Volkswagen Golf GTE has been ruled out for Australia, the Subaru Forester has been teased, and Lexus says autonomous cars are dangerous in cities...

2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI won't have a manual gearbox in Australia

In news for traditional hot hatch enthusiasts, Volkswagen Australia will not offer a manual gearbox on the brand new Polo GTI, due in August — though it will become available overseas, should the company’s local arm change its mind...

Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Polo, CC, Eos and Up! join Takata recall

Volkswagen has announced a multi-stage recall for 106,804 vehicles, after the Australian Federal Government yesterday announced a mandatory recall of vehicles fitted with Takata airbags. The company is at pains to mention none of these vehicles are fitted with the more dangerous 'alpha' inflators, and points out no current-generation cars are impacted...

Mercedes-Benz X-Class headlines latest five-star ANCAP ratings

Independent crash-testing ANCAP has released its latest set of safety ratings this week, with the BMW X2, Jaguar E-Pace, Mercedes-Benz X-Class and Volkswagen Polo all receiving five-star safety ratings. Headlining ANCAP's release is the X-Class's standard inclusion of autonomous emergency braking – a first for the ute segment in Australia...

2018 Volkswagen Polo drive-away deals announced

Volkswagen Australia has today confirmed drive-away pricing for the 2018 Polo, set to start at $17,990 The base 70TSI Trendline is priced from $17,990 drive-away with a manual, identical to the previous list price. It's the same story for the dual-clutch model, priced from $20,490 drive-away. Power comes from a 1...

2018 Volkswagen Polo recalled for towing eye fix

Volkswagen Australia has recalled the 2018 model-year Polo, over fears the welding on the included towing eye could fail under duress. According to the company, the towing eye in the vehicle tool kit could tear when force is exerted on it. If it does tear, the towrope could sling back and injure people standing nearby. A total of 2611 cars are affected by the recall...

CarAdvice podcast 88: Our CEO talks cars we own

In the studio, this week with Mandy Turner is Mike Costello and Mike Stevens. Included in car news, stricter fuel standards are set to bring cleaner cars to Aussie roads, Jeep designer says Cherokee was ready for a makeover, and the Lancer will be gone by the end of 2018...

2018 Volkswagen Polo pricing and specs

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...

Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 rally car revealed

Volkswagen has followed the Golf GTI TCR launch with another – arguably more exciting – motorsport reveal, in the form of the rally-ready Polo GTI R5. The R5 continues the line of Polo-based rally cars from Volkswagen, a line which has seen some serious success in recent seasons...

Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 teased

Volkswagen has released a teaser sketch of its upcoming Polo GTI R5, a rally version of the latest Polo GTI hot hatch. Making around 270hp (201kW), the Polo GTI R5 will become available to professional teams and drivers from the second half of 2018 to compete in various global motorsport series, including the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)...

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. 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+...