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Volkswagen Polo Launch Edition 2018 review: snapshot

The limited-run Launch Edition sits atop the Polo family tree (at least until the GTI version gets here).

The limited-run Launch Edition sits atop the Polo family tree (at least until the GTI version gets here). Based on the 85TSI Comfortline, it adds some handy styling features to Volkswagen’s smallest offering.

The Launch Edition ($20,490 manual, $22,990 automatic) builds on the equipment of the Comfortline cars (auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, chrome highlights and a better quality cloth seat in the cabin) swapping the 15-inch alloys for 16-inch rims, and adding tinted windows, fog lights and LED taillights, as well as a wireless charging station for your compatible phone. And those prices translate to $21,490 and $23,990 drive-away.

The Launch Edition’s tiny 1.0-litre engine produces 85kW at 5000rpm and 200Nm at 2000rpm, sprinting to 100km/h in 9.5 seconds.

Safety-wise, expect six airbags, a reversing camera, parking sensors and AEB with pedestrian detection. You get a fatigue-warning system and a tyre-pressure monitor, too, along with the usual suite or braking and traction features.

There’s also a Driver Assistance Package available ($1400), which adds VW’s manoeuvre braking system to the Polo, which combines with the rear parking sensors to act as AEB in reverse when you’re parking, along with adaptive cruise, blind-spot monitoring and rear-traffic alert.

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Range and Specs

66 TSI Trendline 1.2L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $12,980 – 17,270 2018 Volkswagen Polo 2018 66 TSI Trendline Pricing and Specs
70 TSI TRENDLINE 1.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $13,500 – 18,990 2018 Volkswagen Polo 2018 70 TSI TRENDLINE Pricing and Specs
70TSI TRENDLINE 1.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $14,990 – 19,999 2018 Volkswagen Polo 2018 70TSI TRENDLINE Pricing and Specs
85 TSI COMFORTLINE 1.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $19,990 – 20,000 2018 Volkswagen Polo 2018 85 TSI COMFORTLINE Pricing and Specs
Andrew Chesterton
Contributing journalist