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April 25, 2022

Review of the new Volkswagen Polo for sale in South Africa in 2022

Volkswagen South Africa has always produced and marketed the country’s most popular cars, starting with the Beetle, the Golf, the Citi Golf and now the Polo.

How popular is the Polo?

Since its first launch, worldwide sales have exceeded 18 million—South Africa’s local manufacturing plant is located in Kariega (Uitenhage).

The Kariega manufacturing plant

This plant manufactures the entire range of Polos, including the previous generation GTI and Polo Vivo. South Africa is the only country to manufacture the GTI and lies second to Germany in that market size. South Africa comes in the top 10 worldwide regarding Polo ownership. Annual production at the plant is 165 000 cars or 680 cars per day at 5 days per week, with three-quarters of those destined for export. The plant also builds engines for export to Malaysia and India.

The upgraded hatchback

The hatchback was upgraded to keep up with the times, focusing mainly on excellent connectivity and digitalisation - something the market views paramount importance.

What is the Polo range?

This consists of the entry-level Polo, Polo Life, Polo R-Line, and the GTI. Modern cars have become more prominent, and the Polo is no exception. Its size at present equals that of Golf 3, while its internal dimensions exceed that of Golf 4. This is fantastic news for the tall motorists and passengers, who always look for improved rear legroom and a relaxed driving position.

The Polo’s interior

The entire cabin has gone digital, and you won't find any analogue dial or switch anywhere. Instead, the interior layout is professionally done. The interior’s construction quality is superb and comes with composition media, a work-friendly infotainment system, front and rear park distance control, inductive cell phone charging, and electric folding mirrors. In addition, there’s a leather-covered, multi-function steering wheel for the driver and great back support for both driver and passenger.

The powertrain

The three-cylinder Life version, generating a power output of 70 kW and 175 Nm of torque, makes the car a delight to drive. The engine is married to either a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual gearbox. Engines delivering 85 kW and 200 Nm are available in the Life or R-Line specification from the end of February 2022 onwards.

How does the Polo handle and perform?

Gear changes are effortlessly made using slight clutch action and provide much performance with the small 1.0-litre petrol engine. Using cruise control, it travels at great ease along the highway, comfortably overtaking slow vehicles. The direct and light steering makes it a dream to drive.


This article can only provide information because car insurance is complicated. Please see a certified financial advisor for professional advice before considering buying car insurance.

Should you join the millions of motorists worldwide in becoming a Polo owner, bear in mind comprehensive car insurance for the car provides could provide you with financial protection. South African law dictates you need to take out comprehensive car insurance should a financial institution finance your future new vehicle. So why not contact PMD, who can offer you their affordable, comprehensive car insurance with fixed premiums* and reduce to zero excess* and other exceptional benefits? T’s and C’s apply.