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Now, though, our focus is on the dual-clutch auto iteration to see if the Polo can live up to the cheap and cheerful tag, despite breaking through the $20K barrier.
Volkswagen launched this, the sixth-generation Polo (appropriately and officially Mk6), to the world in late 2017. Australia had to wait a bit longer, though, our first Mk6s not appearing until early 2018.
It’s a mercifully simple range, just four variants, starting with the 70TSI Trendline on test here, before stepping up to the 85TSI Comfortline ($19,490 in manual guise). Then there’s the urban-focussed Polo Beats that starts at $22,490 for the manual variant, before the range tops out with the GTI with its 147kW 2.0-litre turbo four at $30,990 and only available with the brand’s six-speed DSG transmission.
That cheap and cheerful approach doesn’t mean Volkswagen has scrimped on the Polo. Even at this, the entry point to the range, the Polo is well equipped. Sure, it rides on steel wheels with old-school wheel covers, but they look okay wearing 185/65R15 rubber.