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Hatchback shootout: Ford Fiesta vs. VW Polo

2017-06-02 07:53

PURPOSEFUL LOOKS: Volkswagen has given the R-Line treatment to its Polo for the first time. Image: Motorpress

Francisco Nwamba, TheMotorist

Johannesburg - The launch of the new Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI R-Line has surely interested many South Africans, as this is a car that is much-loved locally.  

It's punted as a "performance" Polo,  even though it only has a 1.0-litre engine with three cylinders. After spending a day in the driver’s seat, we were pleased with the results.

What consumers may ask themselves is, should I get this car or the arguably good-looking Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Powershift Titanium? Let’s see if we can assist. 

The specs

The Ford has been around for a while as consumers have loved the three cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine it offers. With 74kW and 170Nm, the little Ford produces good numbers for both city and open road driving thanks to turbocharging. Equipped with the 6 speed PowerShift gearbox, it makes being stuck in traffic bearable since your left foot can rest.

For more articles from Francisco Nwamba, visit TheMotorist

The Volkswagen Polo 1.0 litre TSI R Line has similar figures in terms of displacement and forced induction. It too has 3 cylinders but produces more power with 81kW and 200Nm. The difference is not huge but will be felt by keen motorists who love to drive in a hurry.

Since both these cars have tiny engines, you wouldn't be wrong to assume that they would be frugal on fuel. The Fiesta has a great claimed combined fuel consumption figure of 4.9-litres/100km, but the Polo edges ahead with a claimed figure of 4.4-litres/100km, again very closely matched.

The looks

In this segment, aesthetics play a huge role as cars like these are aimed at youthful individuals and let's face it, the youth "like things". In that case then choosing between the Ford and the Volkswagen may be a challenge as they both look great. The Fiesta has ST bits on it, making it look nice and sporty.

The Volkswagen on the other hand comes equipped with the R-Line package, giving it too a racier look. On the inside is where the Polo has the slight upper hand as the cabin layout is simpler whereas the Fiesta is a bit too busy. Both cars offer connectivity such as Bluetooth and USB as well as auxiliary input.
 
Overview

Which option is best for you? Well that depends on the type of person you are. The VW Polo can be quite aggressive and fun at times and this is accentuated by its DSG gearbox. On the other hand, If you are a more relaxed person, the type that likes to sit back and listen to music in traffic rather than dodging and diving into gaps, then the Fiesta might be your cup of tea. 

There is also a difference in price and the Fiesta offers better value for money, it’s around R15 000 cheaper and also offers a longer service plan - This is something one should take into serious consideration. 

These two cars are great little city hatches which are very similarly matched in terms of specs and price, one thing is for sure, whichever one you choose will serve you very well.

For more articles from Francisco Nwamba, visit TheMotorist.

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