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It’s also 8mm wider and 126mm taller, which all adds up to a roomier cabin and boot space is up by 120 litres to 500 with the back seats in their rearmost position.

Three engines are on the menu, these being 81kW/175Nm 1.2 TSI and 92kW/200Nm 1.4 TSI turbopetrol options and an 81kW/250Nm 2-litre TDI turbodiesel.

Both petrol engines feature idle stop and battery regeneration and are fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, while a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch ‘box is optionally available with the 1.4. The diesel can be had with either a five-speed manual or DSG.

The 1.2 TSI model comes with the Trendline specification grade, which brings standard amenities like 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel, a sound system linked to a five-inch touch-screen, seven airbags, ESC stability control and VW’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.

The Comfortline grade, which comes with 1.4 TSI and 2.0 TDI versions, adds 16-inch alloys, automatic headlights and wipers, ambient interior lighting and other aesthetic additions.

Having said that, is SA market ready for it?

Here are various prices for models:

1.2 TSI Trendline – R292 500

1.4 TSI Comfortline – R325 200

1.4 TSI Comfortline DSG – R340 700

2.0 TDI Comfortline – R343 700

2.0 TDI Comfortline DSG – R359 200

More specifications will be revealed after the launch in SA.


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