CRISP SOUND AND SHARP STYLING – VOLKSWAGEN POLO BEATS IS OPEN FOR ORDER
May 12, 2016 by Volkswagen
◾The Volkswagen Polo Beats special edition is on sale now
◾Enhanced styling combines with a powerful 300-watt sound system
◾Prices start from £13,910 (RRP OTR), with petrol and diesel engines available
The Volkswagen Polo is one of the enduring mainstays of the German brand in the UK. Now Volkswagen is joining forces with world-renowned audio specialist Beats Electronics to launch a range of Polo special editions that feature a stunning sound system wrapped in fresh styling cues.
The Volkswagen Polo Beats is available to order at Volkswagen Retailers now starting at £13,910 OTR RRP. The Polo Beats brings new vigour to the small car segment and blends the technology of two class leaders: German car manufacturer Volkswagen and Californian audio experts Beats Electronics.
The Polo Beats features a state-of-the-art sound system comprising a 300-watt, eight-channel amplifier that is fitted with a digital signal processor (DSP). By comparison, in Match trim the Polo comes with an 80-watt system. The DSP in the Polo Beats delivers high-performance audio processing that gives clarity and definition to each of the seven high-end loudspeakers.
The speaker set-up comprises two tweeters located in the A-pillars, two woofers in the front doors, two broadband speakers located in the back with a subwoofer integrated into the spare wheel well to deliver powerful and punching bass tones.
The sharp looks of the Polo Beats back up its class-leading sound system, with standard equipment including 16-inch 'Knight' alloy wheels. In addition, the Polo Beats features darkened rear light clusters and 65 % tinted rear windows. The radiator grille is finished in 'High Gloss Black' and the car is enhanced with 'Flash Red', 'Pure White' or 'Black' door mirrors with integrated indicators. A unique 'Beats' badge on the B-pillar combines with 'Beats' decals on the side skirts to complete the exterior styling additions.
As well as additional speakers, the interior of the Polo Beats boasts 'Cortina Silver' trim on the centre console and air vent surrounds along with leatherette door panels and chrome trim. The front and rear carpet mats have stylish red stitching, while the doors have unique 'Beats' sill protectors.
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The Volkswagen Polo Beats is available in three- or five-door configuration and offers a choice of four engines: three petrol units and one diesel. All benefit from Volkswagen's efficiency-boosting BlueMotion Technology and the 1.4-litre TDI diesel, which is available with a five-speed manual gearbox, has CO2 emissions* of just 93 g/km and a fuel economy* rating on the combined cycle of 83.1 mpg.
The 1.0-litre petrol engine is available as a 60 PS or a 75 PS unit. Both come with a five-speed manual gearbox and have CO₂ ratings of 106 g/km for the 60 PS unit and 108 g/km for the 75 PS option. Fuel economy (combined) is 60.1 mpg for the 60 PS engine and 58.9 mpg for the 75 PS.
The extensive engine line-up is completed by a 1.2-litre TSI engine that produces 90 PS and is available with a five-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed auto DSG 'box. It has a CO₂ figure of 107 g/km (109 g/km for the DSG) and both have a fuel economy figure of 60.1 mpg (combined).
The Polo Beats special edition slots into the Volkswagen Polo range above the Match trim. Like the Match, standard-fit technology in the Polo Beats includes the Composition Media system which boasts a 6.5-inch colour display. This includes a car information display, CD player, simultaneous pairing of two compatible mobile phones, SMS functionality for reading and composing text messages and music title and cover art display.
The Polo Beats also adds Volkswagen's Car-Net 'App-Connect', which combines the functionality of Apple 'CarPlay', Google 'Android Auto' and 'MirrorLink'™ and allows the 'mirroring' of the smartphone display on the infotainment touchscreen via USB.
Additional tech includes manual air conditioning and cruise control, while manoeuvring becomes even easier with the standard-fit front and rear ultrasonic parking sensors.
The latest member of the Polo family features a variety of safety equipment as standard, including ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and Automatic Post-Collision Braking. The cars are also equipped with driver's and front passenger's airbags, and a side head airbag system.
Deliveries of the Volkswagen Polo Beats, which is open to order now, are expected to start this month. For more details, and to use Volkswagen's online configurator for the new car, please visit www.volkswagen.co.uk
The sporty seats have Alcantara side bolsters and a special 'Beats' cloth centre section, and there's a streak of character through the seatbelts thanks to the addition of thin vertical red stripes. LED foot well lighting rounds off a cabin that benefits from the style and audio of Beats plus the technology and functionality synonymous with Volkswagen.