Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
While the ‘Beats’ brand has a bit of a reputation for being a little more expensive than it perhaps needs to be, the Polo Beats is, again, reasonably restrained.
The Beats edition car costs $24,990 or $3000 more than the regular Polo 85TSI Comfortline on which it's based.
There are some rather good inclusions over the standard car though. The Beats edition scores VW’s amazing looking 10.25-inch gloss-finish multimedia touchscreen, LED tail and fog lights, ‘Active Info Display’ digital instrument cluster, 16-inch ‘Torsby’ design alloy wheels, built-in sat-nav and a ‘Qi’ wireless phone charging bay.
Not bad tech additions. Of course, being a brand crossover, there is a red and white sticker pinstripe across the bonnet and roof, as well as beats logos located on the outside of the B-pillar, on the inside of the A-pillar, on the door sills, and on the seats.
The subtle exterior editions are at odds with the bespoke interior trim which is only one step away from a cherries and cream overload. Not everyone will love it.
Those features add to the standard 85TSI Comfortline’s leather-bound shift-lever and steering wheel, heated, folding and adjustable wing-mirrors with LED indicators, ‘comfort’ seats, auto dusk sensing headlights as well as DAB+ digital radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
A let down to the standard spec are the halogen headlight clusters. LEDs or at least xenons would be welcome.
The Beats’ 300-watt sound system is certainly better than the kind of standard sound systems in most cars. It has a nice depth to it, especially in the base area, and the clarity is excellent even at high volumes. I couldn’t get it to become too trebly or distort either – common problems with cheap car audio.
It is seriously loud though - even at half the available volume - so unless you’re planning on hosting a bush doof or something, I’m not sure how you can even use most of the audio system’s potential…
Not a bad bit of kit for $25k, really.
But wait. There’s a slight catch. If you’re not in love with all the ‘Beats’ bits (understandable), you can option the 85TSI Comfortline or GTI to have the upgraded media screen, Beats audio system, sat nav and wireless charging kit as part of the ‘Sound and Vision Package’ for $1900.
If you’re like me and are capable of rudimentary math, you’ll have figured out this means the Beats styling touches and bespoke alloys are setting you back $1100. Food for thought.