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2010-06-01 13:33
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer VW
Model CrossPolo
Engine 1.6 (TDI)
Power 77kW @ 5 250r/min (4 400r/min)
Torque 155Nm @ 3 500r/min (1 500r/min)
Transmission Five-speed manual
Zero To Hundred 11.5 (10.9)
Top Speed 185km/h (186km/h)
Fuel Tank 45l
Fuel Consumption 6.6l/100km (4.3l/100km)
Weight 1114kg (1229kg)
Boot Size 280l
Service Intervals 15 000km
Warranty 3year/120 000km
Fancy your Polo with additional ground clearance and faux SUV styling? You’ll be thrilled VW has now introduced the CrossPolo locally.

The new CrossPolo is the second version of the rather inexplicable Polo based pseudo-SUV hatchback to be launched locally. Assembled at VW’s Uitenhage plant, CrossPolo is practically identical to the fifth generation Polo, adding 15mm of ground clearance and a raft of pseudo SUV surfacing detail upgrades.

Viewed front-on the new apron, integrated fog lights and chrome trim (surrounding the honeycomb lower fascia) distinguish it from the standard Polo. Along the flanks black plastic wheelarch extensions and sills guard against untoward door dinging consequences in claustrophobic parking garages.

More ground clearance, bigger wheels and still completely pointless on severe local dirt-roads.

Full size spare - finally

Beyond the anodized roof rails the most distinctive styling feature is undoubtedly the CrossPolo’s five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, rolling 215/40 tyres which are of no use whatsoever on South African dirt roads.

Fortunately, the new CrossPolo does come with a full-sized spare wheel. This was a feature criminally omitted on its predecessor, as owners stranded in the middle of the Karoo with 250km to cover to the nearest town with a 14-inch space saver can attest to…

Cabin trim is identical to the standard Polo, though you can have portions of the seat- and door-trim matched in colour to one of the new surface hues - Hot Orange, Orange, Latte Macchiato and Grey.

Two CrossPolo models are available (an improvement over the previous car’s diesel only billing) driven by similar capacity 1.6l four cylinder engines. Both engines produce 77kW, with the petrol derivative’s peak rotational force of 155Nm positively dwarfed by the turbodiesel’s 250Nm. Economy figures are pegged at 6.6l/100km for the 1.6 and 4.3l/100km for the TDI.

Owners can upgrade equipment to include park-distance control, curtain airbags (standard dual-front and side airbags apply), ESP on the 1.6 petrol, cruise control and a selection of either 5year/60 000km service (R6 856) or maintenance (R9 141) plan coverage.


1.6 77kW CrossPolo Comfortline             R198 500

1.6 77kW CR TDI CrossPolo Comfortline  R224 500

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