If owning a Volkswagen Polo with SUV styling is your thing, then look no further than the VW Cross Polo. The new Cross Polo is assembled locally at VW's Uitenhage plant and is practically identical to a regular Polo but with a SUV-like bodykit adding a rugged off-road and sporty look. With the regular Polo already having a reputation for efficiency and reliability amoung B-segment cars for sale in South Africa – the new VW Cross Polo adds off-road styling to the list.

From the outside the five-door hatch gives the impression of a lifestyle of hiking/surfing/skiing with its silver anodized roof rails capable of shouldering up to 75 kg in weight. The vehicle is not a 4x4 but its raised ride height (of 15mm ground clearance) certainly allows for some degree of dirt road ability. Exterior features including chunky plastic cladding, chrome trim surrounding the honeycomb lower fascia, prominent wheel arch extensions and a revised front apron with integrated fog lamps make for definite SUV-like characteristics. The VW Cross Polo rides on a set of 17 inch “Budapest” style alloy wheels and now comes with a full-sized spare wheel. New this year is an 'Urban Ice' package for the Cross Polo which features black roof rails, tinted rear windows, piano-black painted side mirrors and chrome-black alloy wheels (also in 17 inch).

As in the regular Polo, the Cross Polo has a load capacity of 952 litres with its 60/40 rear split seats folded flat. Cabin trim is identical, however portions of the seat and door trim can be matched in colour to the exterior surface hue of the car. The optional 'Urban Ice' package adds additional specifications like: a silver painted centre console, a black roof-lining and grey stitching added to the interior carpets and handbrake sheath. Meteor sports seats are heated and available in Alcantara leather. Other optional equipment includes park-distance control and cruise control.

Buy a car in this range and you will have a choice of two engine offerings – a petrol and a turbodiesel. Both 1.6 engines are capable of developing 77 kW. The petrol unit develops its maximum power at 5250 rpm and 155 Nm of torque at 3 500 r/min; while the turbodiesel produces its 250 Nm of torque between 1500 - 2500 rpm. When it comes to fuel economy and emissions, the petrol unit returns 6.6 litres per 100 km while emitting 157 g/km of CO2. The turbodiesel returns a claimed 4.3 litres per 100 km and produces 113 g/km of CO2. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard for both variants.

As can be expected from most VW cars for sale these days, the new Cross Polo has a host of advanced safety systems in place. The car comes equipped with ABS Brakes with EBD, Electronic Stability Programme with Hill Hold control (on the 1.6 TDI variant), dual front airbags with passenger airbag deactivation, side airbags, height adjustable seatbelts for driver and front passenger, ISOFIX child seat mounting points and a 3-point seatbelt for the centre rear seat. For extra peace of mind, there is an alarm/immobiliser and remote central locking.

Despite tough competition from Hyundai, Kia, Ford and General Motors, VW continues to sell thousands of regular Polos every month and is considered by many to be at the top of the food chain in its class. Having said that, if you would like something a little 'different' and fancy standing out from the crowd, the new VW Cross Polo certainly has that little bit of extra sporty and rugged style while still remaining true to the brand's ethos of being an efficient and reliable car. Pricing for the Cross Polo 1.6 Comfortline begins at R218 200 and R252 800 will buy you the 1.6 TDI Comfortline and an “Urban Ice” package. (Prices are subject to change according to various factors so please consult your dealer for the latest price.)

 

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