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Reader test: VW Polo Vivo

2010-12-10 06:21

Ryan Stoltz

HAPPINESS IS...: Reader Ryan couldn't be happier with his purchase.

When I decided to write this article I was trying to think of a phrase that describes my Vivo.

Well, I thought long and hard and what I came up with was “perfection in its simplest form” and that’s exactly what this little Vivo is all about; giving me something that’s practical, reliable and fun to drive.

The Vivo is by no means a rocket car with its 55kW and 132Nm on tap, but it will most definitely surprise you. Before I chose the three-door Vivo, I was very apprehensive as to whether the 55kW was going to “satisfy” my heavy foot, but to my surprise it did!

The Vivo is awesome on the open road, where it easily manages to maintain a steady 120km/h and a lot more can be easily achieved if desired. It tops out at respectable 171km/h.

The best part about this whole deal is the fuel consumption. The car manages to achieve an urban consumption of 8.1 litres per 100km and a very impressive 5.1 litres per 100km on the highway. I recently managed to achieve 790km on a tank with a bit of mixed driving. 


The interior of the Vivo is fantastic. It has that quality feel and I'm sure this is partly because of the “soft-touch dash”. The wind-up windows are easy to use and feel quite sturdy, but the steering is very light… too light for my liking. But I guess that wouldn’t bother everyone. Leg room is admirable for a vehicle of this nature and class and it can comfortably seat two adults. Three would be a push, but it can be done.

The aircon is effective and easy to use but is an optional extra on the three-door… a R7900 extra (Ouch). The other extra I opted for was central locking (R1200). It is worth it, in my opinion, so don’t let people tell you there are so many things you need to add. Those are the only two I added and my Vivo is now, in my opinion, perfectly kitted out!

The Vivo’s main competitor at this stage is the Ford Figo. The Figo is a very nice, well-balanced little ride, but that VW seal of approval seems to cement the deal for me. Viva the Vivo!

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