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Date: 10 Dec 2018 Author Type:
Author: Julian Lurie edited by Liam Mothilall
Source: Julian Lurie
When Volkswagen launched their new Polo Vivo a few months ago, the press release claimed that 193 343 units have been sold since its market introduction in March 2010, making the Polo Vivo Hatch the best-selling passenger model in South Africa for the past seven years. The Polo Vivo is the only locally built model in the competitive A-segment and has been a dominant brand in the entry-level hatch segment, in spite of the new models being launched on a regular basis.

Since the launch, Volkswagen has now expanded the Polo Vivo range with the addition of the sized-up derivative, the Maxx, which is manufactured at the Volkswagen South Africa's plant in Uitenhage. The Polo Vivo Maxx is available only as a hatch and comes very well equipped with a number of exterior and interior features. The new Polo Vivo Maxx is based on the fifth-generation Polo which has been enhanced both visually and technically. Visually, the new Polo Vivo Maxx can be identified by a sharper front and rear design. The exterior features include; 15mm raised suspension, 17-inch 'Canyon' alloy wheels, silver colored exterior mirrors, Maxx lettering on the tailgate and sides, sporty single-pipe exhaust system with a chrome trim, and aluminum roof rails.

In the interior, the Polo Vivo Maxx has sport pedal clusters, center console in colored trim, on-board computer, front electric windows, manual air-conditioner, 3-spoke leather multi-function steering wheel with aluminum inserts, color touch radio with SD/USB/Bluetooth/App Connect and 6 speakers, as well as loose lay carpets mats. Inside, the cloth covered front bucket seats look comfortable and are adjustable while the rear bench seat will seat three adults, but is more comfortable for two, and there’s adequate head, leg and shoulder room all-round, while the 280-litre boot capacity can be increased to 952 litres when the rear bench seat is folded down.

In terms of the safety features, the Polo Vivo Maxx comes standard with driver and front passenger airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control, Tyre Pressure Monitor, ISOFIX child seat mounting points, front fog lights, as well as an immobilizer, interior ultrasonic alarm with motion sensor and central locking.

The Polo Vivo Maxx is powered by a 4-cylinder 1.6 litre engine, developing 77KW at 5 250 RPM and 153 NM of torque from 3 800 RPM with drive to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission. In terms of acceleration, the Vivo Maxx will do the 0 to 100 km/h dash in 10.8 seconds and has a top speed of 188 km/h. On average, it has a combined fuel consumption of 6.2 liters per 100 kilometers and the tank holds 45 litres.

The recommended retail price for the new Volkswagen 1.6 litre 77KW Polo Vivo Maxx is R225 000, which includes; 3 year / 120 000km warranty and 6-year anti-corrosion warranty with service intervals every 15 000km. Customers can also tailor their package with the optional Volkswagen Automotion Maintenance Plan and Volkswagen Automotion Service Plan.
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