Road Test: 2013 Volkswagen Polo Sedan
The 2013 Volkswagen Polo sedan is probably the most un-Volkswagen like car we have experienced. It's a volume car designed to capture massive market share. Competing with the likes of Honda City, Toyota Yaris sedan and other urban compact sedans, Volkswagen indeed has a some serious weapons in it's arsenal.
This is an everyday car with German engine driving experience and price tag of a Japanese car but is it worth the 56,000 AED starting price tag? Read below to find out:
The drive is very smooth, you get torque when you need it, it's a typical Volkswagen German engineered engine that never lets you down. The drive is superior compared to other compact sedan Japanese and Korean brands. You'll find it handles beautifully and is highly responsive, fantastic if you're looking for an intuitive car, plus with comfortable suspension this is where the real Volkswagen feel shows itself to full effect.
In terms of specification it features a four cylinder 1.6L gasoline engine, so big enough to pack a punch, and yet not too powerful. Despite being less stylised than other models it's still a great looking car, with 15 inch alloy wheels and chrome trims. It's a fantastic alternative to both other sedans and other Volkswagens as it provides a higher quality of drive than other brands, and is far more competitively priced than many other VW models. An excellent way to get a little luxury at an affordable price.
The interior works well, the simple style will fit anyone looking for an everyday car to get them from A to B.
When it comes to comfort you'll be pleased to find high quality fabrics and stylish details to the Polo Sedan's interior which set it apart from other brands. You'll also find a few additions to the GCC model to make your drive more comfortable, like climatic air conditioning as standard.
The Polo sedan offers above average interior space. Thanks to its extended wheelbase you'll find the rear of the vehicle offers plenty of legroom The boot space is both voluminous and practical with a massive 455 litres - fantastic when compared with other compact sedans. It's both long and wide, so ideal for fitting plenty of luggage in with minimum effort.
In terms of interior technology, it's is quite minimalist so you won't find audio controls on the steering wheel or automated seat adjustment controls. Is it the best set of interior features we have seen in a city car? Probably not, you may find some more amenities in Korean counterparts. However in the overall comparison we have to weigh that against the sheer German driving performance that completely outclasses the competition.
Overall it's a good everyday car that suits someone who wants a high quality drive without the premium price tag that might be associated with Volkswagen. It has comparatively less bells and whistles in the interior, but still offers a simple, comfortable interior. Good value for money.