Volkswagen Polo Beats review
Richard Berry tests on the road and reviews the new Volkswagen Polo Beats with specifications, fuel consumption and judgment.
Yes, you can get limited edition art, books, even fridges, but no one makes a limited edition better than the car industry, and the Volkswagen Polo Beats is part of a long tradition. of special car versions.
Almost all brands do that and if you can get a famous name, it’s even better. Japan already has a Hello Kitty Mitsubishi Mirage, China has a Mercedes-AMG G63 Crazy Wild, South Korea has a Hyundai Genesis Prada, France has a Biro Citroen bic, and in the US there’s a Nissan Rogue One Star Wars version.
In Australia, we have Rip Curl versions of the Ford Falcon and Citroen Cactus, Carla Zampatti Ford Laser, Sportsgirl Holden Barina and Peter Brock devoted versions of the final Aussie Commodores, among countless others.
Volkswagen is especially enthusiastic when it comes to the special edition. There, there are Rolling Golf, Adidas Golf, Beetle Fender inspired electric guitar, and now Polo Beats.
Beats like in Beats by Dre. Do you know what this means? Then maybe a used Bon Jovi Golf might be a better option for experienced people like you. Seriously, there is one.
Limited to a running level of only 400, ‘Beats’ is based on the Polo 81TSI, which is located between the 66TSI Baseline Trend and Sports GTI.
So what makes it a Polo Beats? Is it worth more for it than a regular Polo? Are there any resale value advantages for a limited edition? And how does it compare to its rivals like Mazda2?
Is there anything interesting about its design?
The Polo Beats is from 3972mm from start to finish, it might seem huge if it’s the length of a shark that nudges your surfboard, but it’s small for a car. In fact, it’s smaller than small. The element is 1682mm in width and only 1453mm in height, and it is officially a ‘light’ vehicle.
No other car in this segment looks as stylish and upscale as the Polo.
Polo may look like its Golf sibling, but the length is shorter than 320mm and narrower than 116mm, the Polo is much smaller.
No other car in this segment looks as stylish and upscale as the Polo. The Beats version adds contrasting door mirrors, door decals and the Beats logo on the B-Pillars – just like on the headset. Dark taillights, glossy black grille and 16-inch ‘Syenit’ alloy wheels complete the look.
The best design of the Beats version is on the inside with a star-shaped fabric upholstered seat with Alcantara side washers, red stitched seat belts and Beats-badged stereo speakers and door mats’ Beats Audio ‘.
Does the look work? Well, to be honest, I felt a bit awkward driving around with the little ‘b logo of the Beats logo on B-Pillar, and found myself sinking into my seat when I was in traffic.
Our test vehicle color is Flash Red (Pearl Effect), which is a free option.
Polo Beats, like all DVRswagens, has a higher build quality feel to nearly all of its rivals.
How realistic is the inner space?
Whatever you do, donith considers Polo and Golf to be practically interchangeable – they are not. This is a typical example. I have a height of 191cm and can sit behind my driving position in Golf, but maybe he fits the back of the front seat in Polo Beats.
Polo has five seat belts, but that central location becomes difficult for adults.
The luggage capacity in the Polo Beats is 280 liters, 100 liters less than the Golf. Compared to its lightweight car rivals, it’s 30 liters more than the Mazda2, 70 liters larger than the Suzuki Swift, but 70 liters smaller than the Toyota Yaris cargo area.
There were three cup holders on board – one flipped out at the back and two up front. The front door has contour pockets for medium sized bottles.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
Polo Beats with the manual transmission listed for $ 20,690 and you’ll pay an extra $ 3500 for the automatic transmission, making it $ 2000 more than the 81TSI Comfortline it is based on.
What do you get for an extra $ 2K? So those seats, 16-inch alloys, door stickers and the honor of wearing the Beats badge? Okay, there’s a Beats 300W audio system with two tweeters, two woofers, subwoofers, two full-range speakers and an eight-channel amplifier. But wait, the Polo Beats also comes with a pair of Beats Solo2 headphones worth about $ 200.
The rest of the list of standard Polo Beats equipment is the same as Comfortline, and includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, front and side power adjustment windows. rear, LED ambient light and halogen headlights.
The Polo Beats price competes well with its rivals. A top-of-the-line Mazda2 Genki with a car costs $ 22,690, a Suzuki Swift GLX SE is $ 21,690, and a Toyota Yaris ZR is $ 21,920. Don Xiet forgot to you, you are paying a large sum of insurance on the TSI 81, $ 21,190.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission?
Polo Beats are equipped with a four-cylinder gasoline engine, with a capacity of 1.2 liters 81kW / 175Nm. There is a choice of a six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
Time 0-100km / h in 9.3 seconds is not bad for a small engine.
There is no diesel in the Australian Polo lineup.
How much fuel does it consume?
You need to use high-class unleaded (95 RON) and Volkswagen said this Polo will need an average of 4.9L / 100km with a manual transmission or 4.8L / 100km with an automatic transmission in the driving conditions. well suited.
Our test car already has cars and this number is a bit higher at 10.2L / 100km, but that is mainly because it is city driving and I’m a leading leg.
What does it like to drive?
I went straight from a sixth-generation Volkswagen Multivan, which I could wear while standing, to Polo Beats, so small compared to how I felt like I was wearing it.
Having to kneel in the gutter to put the toddler in his car seat makes it clear that Polo is probably better for parents whose children have left the house, or for the children who are leaving. go. Most likely the latter gave it the special edition Beats.
Becoming a bit of an anti-labeler meant I struggled with the Beats brand on the outside of the car. I felt like I should have pulled up in a mall and handed out free headphones.
Thankfully, the marketing gods have also installed a great Beats sound system. Connecting my phone via Apple Carplay is easy and streaming music – while compressed – sounds clear and natural. Well, as much as psychobilly bootleg material could be.
Driving I found the handling to be impressive, while my wife was a fan of firmer trips. Conventional 81TSI polo has 15-inch wheels with thicker, more cushioned tires, while Beats has 16-inch rims with low-profile tires (215/45 R16 Continental ContiPremiumContact 2) known to be harder.
The combination of wheel and tire and rear torsion beam suspension startled Polo Beats as we ran through the small speed albums in carp. Any rough surface on the road is well perceived. If it’s mine, I’ll hold the wheels and change the tires into something that Wdd brings for a more comfortable ride.
That said, the grip on the tires is excellent and the Polo Beats, though not too grumbling, is happy to drive through twisty roads (in my own way).