Volkswagen Australia has continued the release of information regarding the full range of its new Polo with the 2018 Volkswagen Polo Beats going on sale in August, around the same time as the GTI.
The Beats will be priced from $22,490 plus on-road costs – $3,000 more than the Comfortline model that it sits above – and is equipped with more equipment, such as a 300w Beats sound system and inbuilt satellite navigation. Unlike the Polo Launch Edition, the Beats is a permanent edition to the range.
“The new Polo 6 transcends the so-called ‘city’ or ‘light car’ class, so the ante for the Polo beats has been upped considerably,” Volkswagen Group Australia Managing Director Michael Bartsch says.
“We hear a great deal about carmakers pursuing a ‘younger’ demographic. This usually amounts to a basic car in jellybean colours. We don’t have to make a noise about the 2018 Volkswagen Polo Beats because its message to aspirational buyers is loud and clear.”
Sitting atop the regular Polo range (and underneath the GTI), the Beats adds a number of items of equipment, as well as visual clues to the Polo Comfortline. On the outside, the Beats is distinguishable by its 16-inch alloy wheels, dark LED tailights, LED number plate lighting, Beats emblems on the B-pillars, front foglights, black door mirror caps, Beats decals on the bonnet and roof, as well as a new white/silver colour in addition to the red and metallic black also available.
Inside the 2018 Volkswagen Polo Beats, Volkswagen’s Active Info Display digital dials is standard equipment, as is inbuilt satellite navigation, wireless phone charging, a red dashboard insert, ‘comfort sport’ seats with Beats emblems, Beats door sills, as well as a 300W Beats sound system. Just one option is available – the $1,400 Driver Assistance Package with radar cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, auto-folding mirrors and automatic parallel and perpendicular parking.
Underneath the bonnet of the 2018 Volkswagen Polo Beats is the same 85TSI 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine as the Polo Comfortline and Launch Edition. It produces 85kW of power and 200Nm of torque, and is matched to a six-speed manual or a $2,500-optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Volkswagen Australia lists combined fuel consumption as 5.1L/100km for the manual and 4.9L/100km for the automatic, with CO2 emissions ranging from 112g/km to 116g/km.
Whilst sales thus far in 2018 for the Volkswagen Polo are down 8.3 percent to 1,623 sales, its March 2018 sales increased 10.6 percent compared with March 2017 to 635 units. With the new generation of the Polo now fully in stock in Volkswagen dealers, and with the Beats and GTI models joining the range within months, the company expects sales to only grow from here.
2018 Volkswagen Polo pricing (plus on-road costs)
70TSI 5-speed manual – $17,990
70TSI 7-speed DSG – $20,490
85TSI Comfortline 6-speed manual – $19,490
85TSI Comfortline 7-speed DSG – $21,990
85TSI Launch Edition 6-speed manual – $20,490
85TSI Launch Edition 7-speed DSG – $22,990
85TSI Beats 6-speed manual – $22,490
85TSI Beats 7-speed DSG – $24,990
GTI 7-speed DSG – $30,990
Driver Assistance Package (N/A Trendline) – $1,400
Sun & Vision Package – $1,900
Luxury Package – $3,900
Premium paint – $500
The 2018 Volkswagen Polo Beats will go on sale in August, alongside the Polo GTI. Volkswagen Australia is yet to announce details regarding the forthcoming Polo R-Line package, so stay tuned to Chasing Cars.