You won’t believe it, but the big Volkswagen has equipped its little Polo hatchback with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission: the one that was previously installed only into much more expensive vehicles. There are possibly two reasons for that: the six-speed gearbox looks better in the list of standard equipment and ensures a lot better mileage both in a combined and highway cycles. Still, despite its eco-friendliness, the new car can still kick some ass thanks to its “sport” mode.
The six-speed auto comes with mini hatchbacks equipped with 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Mated with the 105-hp motor, the automatic lets the car achieve 60 mph in 11.3 seconds.
Not really impressive, but the Tiptronic ensures a really good mileage, making the VW Polo consume only 7.4 liters of gas per 100 kilometers (that’s about 31 miles per gallon).
The gearbox adds an “S” (which is for “Sport”) to the standard P-R-N-D sequence. In the Sport mode the automatic shifts gears at higher revolutions, not using the sixth gear at all, hitting the top speed at the fifth. The 6th gear is used only in the economy mode.
In its press release, Volkswagen says that the car featuring the six-speed transmission will have a starting price of €15,500. The Polo Goal will start at €16,875 but its set of features will offer a price saving of €918 if the optional equipment is ordered separately.
See also: 2007 VW Polo GTI