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Five Things to Know About the Polo Beats

  Kelly Lodewyks


 28 Nov, 2019

VW Polo Beats

Kelly Lodewyks enjoyed some time behind the wheel of the new Beats by Polo. Or something like that…

Well, it has a Beats by Dre sound system

The Polo Beats comes with a seven-speaker sound system, and an eight-channel amplifier with a digital signal processor by the well-known audio accessory purveyors, Beats by Dre. The speaker set up is made up of two tweeters, two woofers, two broadband speakers and one subwoofer.

I don’t know how to describe the sound other than really awesome. Once I set all the bass and treble levels to where I like them to be, I pulled up the bassiest song in my collection to get a feel for it. It truly delivers a great music experience. Dropping a sick beat through the Beats audio system comes at a cost of R13 250 and includes some other added design elements.

It’s based on the VW Polo 1.2 Comfortline

This means that under the bonnet lies a 1.2-litre turbocharged engine with 70kW and 175Nm, mated to either a five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG box. In the case of the former, the consumption is 4.5-litres/100 km, while the DSG manages a consumption of 4.7-litres/100 km. Standard features on this model include Start-Stop with regenerative braking, hill hold assist, mobile phone interface with USB interface also for iPod/iPhone, fatigue detection, a full suite of airbags and more.

It is unmistakably a Polo

And I don’t mean in looks - because that’s quite obvious. The Polo just has such a laid-back demeanor about it. It’s an easy car to drive and the layout of the interior is simple, modern and classic. I actually enjoy driving this vehicle because of how easy it is. It feels like simple motoring at its best - there are no gimmicks and no unique design elements simply for the sake of being different. Along with its Vivo sibling, the Polo continues to be one of SA’s best-selling vehicles - and I can see why.

There are design elements that set it apart

The Polo Beats can be told apart from the rest of the Polo crew by a few exterior and interior details. It has a different alloy wheel design, a different look to the door mirrors, dark red taillights and a Beats badge on B-pillar. Inside you will find front sports seats, scuff plates with Beats finish, door trim panels in the "Beats" design, coloured seat belts and a leather steering wheel.

If you’re not an audiophile, you probably don’t need it

If you’re fine with the standard sound system on a car and you’re neither here nor there when it comes to the quality of the sound in your car, then you probably don’t need the Polo Beats. The standard Volkswagen Comfortline would serve you well and you wouldn’t miss the things that the added Beats package would get you. The standard Polo audio system - which is really not a bad one at all - would be just fine. And it saves you R13 250.

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