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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 26th 2009
4--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, September 26, 2009 Wagon train ready to roll THERE is a wagon train coming into Australia from the Volks- wagen Group. Brands under the VW umbrella have some on the way in the form of the A5 Sportback and Skoda Superb Combi. Volkwagen also has a Golf Estate on the way early next year. For Sportback, Combi and Es- tate, read ''station wagon'' in Aussie lingo. The Golf is based on the Euro- pean Golf 5, but has been given a styling makeover to bring it into the Golf 6 line. The Golf in hatch form has a choice of four engines, but Volkwagen Australia says it will not bring all of those. ''We'll probably limit the num- ber of engines,'' says spokesman Karl Gehling. ''It would make the line-up too complex if we had every variant.'' However, there are no further details other than every second Volkwagen is a diesel. And with Volkswagen's diesel reputation in Australia, it would be a fairly safe guess that one of the engines will be a diesel, and with its stated goals of continually improving economy, the other is likely to be the frugal 90kW turbo- charged petrol, while the diesel could be either the 77kW 1.6-litre or the 103kW 2.0-litre. KARLA PINCOTT Polo offers a sporty triple treat Arriving next year, the fun VW Polo is sure to put a smile on your face. By Karla Pincott VERSATILE VEHICLE: The three-door Volkswagen Polo can be both frugal and gutsy. THREE'S good company, when it's a triple-door Polo with a little four-cylinder engine that can be both frugal and gutsy. The 1.2-litre twin-charged turbo- charger plus supercharger unit we tested is just one of eight engines to be offered in Europe in the new three-door Polo. The car will arrive in Australia in the second quarter of next year. There is a clean face with prominent horizontal styling, and the body --- the same size as the five-door at 3.9m long, 1.6m wide and 1.4m high --- has a streamlined presence set off by black pillars and the upward sweep of the side windows. The four petrol versions are a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre developing 44kW, a twin-charged 51kW 1.2-litre, a 63kW 1.4-litre, and the DSG-mated direct-injection turbo 77kW 1.2-litre we tested. On the diesel side, there is a turbo-charged 1.6-litre developing three different outputs: 55kW, 66kW and 77kW, which will be followed next year by a super-efficient BlueMotion 1.2-litre turbo-diesel. There are three spec levels: Trend- line, Comfortline and top-level High- line with features such as ESP, day- time running lights, tinted windows and height-adjustable drivers seat fitted as standard from entry level. Comfortline adds extras such as height adjustment for the front passen- ger, storage drawers under the front seats and dual cargo floor. Highline gets extra chrome trim, leather steering wheel, front centre armrest, multi-function display and tyre-pressure indicator, height- adjustable sport seats and leather- trimmed handbrake and gear knob. driving THE little Polo is a snappy drive, responding quickly to the pedal and the seven-speed DSG. It has plenty of acceleration up to about 120km/h in the auto drive mode, but beyond that mark it starts to snooze a little and benefits from being slapped over into sport mode to wake it back up. In this mode it grips the gear firmly, and was holding in S6 for us at more than 140km/h. It handles well and is equally happy nipping around the city or jousting out on the highway, and on Germany's unlimited-speed auto- bahn system sat easily at 160km/h with bursts up to 180km/h. During those runs the fuel readout would jump, which is logical consid- ering the speeds. At 160km/h and 3500rpm it showed 9.4l/100km, rising to 11.2l at 180km/h. However, it dropped quickly as soon as you backed off, and we finished the day with an average of 7.7l. We had the Highline spec optioned up with extras such as satnav, which made the cabin pleasant with soft plastics and chrome accents. But while we were comfortable in the front, the snug rear seat legroom could be a trial on long trips. But you would have no trouble climbing in and out of the back, with the long doors and the generous front-seat travel making for very easy access. The styling looks great, though the rear pillar treatment trims visibility a bit, and also encourages some wind rush at higher speeds. MOTORS PTY LTD HOBART CNR COLLINS AND BARRACK ST HOBART 6230 7220 Conditions: All cars must be ordered and delivered between 1st and 30th September 2009. Offer valid at participating dealers on existing dealer stock while stocks last. Offers exclude fleet, rental and govt. buyers and vehicles used for commercial purposes. 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