2018 Volkswagen Polo Beats.

Volkswagen turns up the volume

Riley Riley

Volkswagen has beefed up its small car offering, not with more power but a bigger sound system.

The Polo 6 Beats boasts 300 watt audio and is a successor to the Beat 5 model offered last year.

The hatch is priced from $22,490, with a 6-speed manual.

The Beats brand known for its range of DJ style headphones was founded in 2006 by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine and acquired by Apple in 2014.

Based on the 85TSI Comfortline, the Beats 6 is powered by a class leading 1.0-litre three cylinder turbo petrol engine, with 85kW of power and 200Nm of torque.

The Beats 6 sees the debut of VW’s second generation Active Info display.

Now on a 10.25-inch screen, it can be configured with a choice of readouts and full screen map.

The Beats is available in a choice of three colours, only one of which you cost you extra — red.

It features a single decorative stripe on the bonnet, unique badging, dash inserts, two-tone upholstery and 16-inch alloys.

A 7-speed twin-clutch auto is a further $2500 while the optional $1400 Driver Assistance Pack adds Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor and Park Assist.

Standard features include:

  • Beats 300W premium audio system
  • Beats emblem on B-pillar
  • Dark tinted rear side and rear windows
  • LED tail lights
  • LED registration plate light
  • Exclusively designed “beats” decals on roof and bonnet
  • 16″ Torsby alloy wheels
  • Black door mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Active Info Display
  • Discover Media 8.0-inch navigation
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Matte Velvet Red decorative inserts to dashboard, console and door
  • Comfort Sport front seats
  • Entry sill inserts “beats audio”
  • Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring
  • Driver fatigue detection and low tyre pressure indicator
  • Rear View Camera


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