Volkswagen Australia has given its Polo light hatch a refresh for the 2015 model year, with a raft of under-the-skin changes designed to improve efficiency, driveability and safety.
There are also a handful of cosmetic changes, with the front and rear bumpers going under the knife and new headlamp clusters. Interior changes are limited to new instruments, steering wheel and centre-stack design.
Prices have also been dropped, with the entry-level 66TSI Trendline costing $16,290 - a reduction of $700 against the outgoing Polo 1.4 base model.
The high-output, high-spec 81TSI Comfortline is priced at $18,290 for the manual, making it $950 cheaper than the less-powerful 77TSI model it replaces.
Meanwhile the slow-selling 66TDI diesel variant has been dropped from the range, making the MY2015 Polo an all-petrol affair.
Volkswagen says the new 66kW/160Nm 66TSI Trendline is up to 21 percent more efficient than before, thanks to its new 1.2 litre turbocharged inline-four, brake-energy recuperation, electric power steering system and automatic engine start-stop.
All up, VW claims an average fuel economy of 4.8 l/100km, regardless of whether the five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG auto are specced.
The 81kW/175Nm 81TSI boasts 4kW more power than the engine it replaces, and identical torque.
Average fuel consumption is a claimed 4.8 l/100km with the optional seven-speed DSG (a six-speed manual is standard) - an improvement of 0.7 l/100km over the model it replaces.
Besides the revamped instrument cluster, the greatest change to the 2015 Polo's interior is its new infotainment system.
Featuring a bright 5-inch colour touchscreen, the new "Composition Colour" headunit controls the six-speaker audio system, which has AM/FM radio functionality, a CD player, USB input and iPod compatibility.
Bluetooth audio and phone integration is also standard on all Polo variants, as is cruise control, manual airconditioning and six airbags.
15-inch steel wheels are standard fit on the 66TSI Trendline, while the 81TSI Comfortline gains 15-inch alloys.
VW's Multi-Collision Braking system is now standard too, and helps prevent multiple collisions by automatically braking the car when a crash has been detected.
Opt for the Driving Comfort Package (only available on the 81TSI Comfortline), and you also get radar-assisted cruise control, an anti-collision auto-braking system, a reversing camera, climate control, rain-sensing wipers and dusk-sensing headlamps.
An optional Sports package is also available for the 81TSI Comfortline, and bundles 17-inch alloys with privacy glass, front foglamps and a lowered sports suspension.
The 2015 Volkswagen Polo range is available for order now, with retail pricing as follows:
- Polo 66TSI Trendline 5MT: $16,290
- Polo 66TSI Trendline 7AT: $18,790
- Polo 81TSI Comfortline 6MT: $18,290
- Polo 81TSI Comfortline 7AT: $20,790
- Metallic paint: $500
- Driver Comfort Package: $1500
- Sport Package: $1500
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