Used Volkswagen Polo Vehicles

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  • 2016
  • 79,500 km
  • Manual
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  • 2015
  • 58,000 km
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  • 2011
  • 96,000 km
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Used Volkswagen Polo for Sale

Manufactured globally since 1975, and available in South Africa since the early 90’s, the Used Volkswagen Polo for Sale in South Africa are many and varied in age. The one thing that they all have in common however is their proven VW reliability and the fact that they inspire brand and marque loyalty in all who own them, not unlike the VW Golf.

As of 2018 there have been 6 generations of Polo vehicles released, with the current generation available in 4 trim levels:

  • The Polo Trendline: 14″ Steel Wheels, Electronic Stability Control, Front and Rear Curtain Airbags and LED Daytime Running Lights.
  • The Polo Comfortline: 15″ “Salou” Alloy Wheels, 6 speakers, Rest Assist and a Leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel.
  • The Polo Highline: 16″ “Las Minas” Alloy Wheels, Front centre armrest, App-Connect and Cruise control system with speed limiter.
  • The Polo GTI: 17″ “Milton Keynes” Alloy Wheels, GTI body kit (including sporty bumpers, boot spoiler and honeycomb grille with red pinstripe), “Art Velour” leather interior trim for seats and door trim and dark red rear combination LED lamps.

Volkswagen Polo Generation Available in South Africa

Sixth Generation VW Polo

The all new 6th generation VW Polo is the best iteration of this popular vehicle yet! It includes vast improvements in cabin space, engines, and interior technology when compared to ALL previous Polo generations.

The current generation of the Polo GTI is the Mk6 Polo GTI which was launched in 2017! It uses a variant of the 2.0 litre turbocharged engine found in the current Mk7 Golf GTI and comes standard with lowered suspension, 17 inch wheels, sill extensions, bigger brakes, red brake calipers, twin exhausts, tartan seats, a sport steering, red stitching, and of course the visible roof spoiler.

Did You Know? It is rumoured that Volkswagen is developing a Polo Sedan based on this generation of vehicle. Its working name is currently the Volkswagen Virtus, but this could change if the vehicle is ever launched in South Africa or elsewhere abroad.

Sixth Generation VW Polo at a Glance

Power Train


  • 70kW TSI
  • 85kW TSI


  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual
  • 7-speed DSG automatic

Body Style

  • 5-door hatchback


  • Length 4,053 mm
  • Width 1,780 mm
  • Height 1,448 mm


  • 2,564 mm

Also Known As

  • Type AW Polo

Fifth Generation VW Polo

Launched in 2009 and award the European Car of the Year in 2010, and later the World Car of the Year, this 5th generation VW Polo was an important vehicle for VW. So much so in fact that it even managed to win the Japanese Import car of the Year for 2010 and 2011, a big feather i the cap for any European vehicle manufacturer. The build platform on which it was based was also used for the Audi A1, and included styling cues taken directly from the Golf VI.

A 2014 facelift saw the introduction of a new look bumper (both front and back, while inside the cabin now includes a touch screen and a new steering wheel.

Did you know? This generation of Polo saw the introduction of the PoloCross (also known as the CrossPolo) which introduced an affordable SUV style vehicle to the South African market. To this day there is still a good demand for the Polo Cross at all of our Group 1 Pre-owned Showrooms.

Fifth Generation VW Polo at a Glance

Power Train


  • 1.2L petrol
  • 1.4L petrol
  • 1.2L TDI
  • 1.2L TDI BlueMotion
  • 1.6L TDI
  • 1.6L TDI BlueMotion
  • 1.4L TDI BlueMotion


  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual
  • 7-speed Direct-shift gearbox

Vehicle Layout

  • Front engine with front-wheel drive

Assembled In

  • Spain
  • India
  • South Africa
  • Russia
  • Malaysia
  • Algeria


  • 2,470 mm (hatchback)
  • 2,552 mm (sedan)

Also Known As

  • Volkswagen Vento

Fourth Generation VW Polo

The 4th generation Volkswagen Polo went on sale in 2002 and maintained strong sales growth throughout its entire production run. Volkswagen Racing designed and built a Polo S1600 based on this Polo generation. During the Turkish round of the Junior World Rally Championships it claimed first palace, which was a first for a Polo in this type of race.

During the 2010 sales year VW South Africa introduced the Polo Vivo, which replaced the Citi Golf. This “more affordable” version of the Polo was aimed at entry level vehicle buyers and was sold in 3-door and 5-door versions and as a saloon until 2017 when a newer version of the Vivo was introduced.

Did you know? A Polo saloon sold as the Polo Classic, was produced in Brazil, South Africa and China. It was not only sold in these markets but was also exported to some of Volkswagen’s biggest markets in Latin America. It was also exported to Australia.

Fourth Generation VW Polo at a Glance

Power Train


  • 1.2 L petrol
  • 1.4 L petrol
  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 1.8 L petrol
  • 2.0 L petrol
  • 1.4 L diesel
  • 1.9 L diesel


  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual
  • 4-speed automatic
  • 6-speed automatic

Vehicle Layout

  • Front-engine, front-wheel-drive, with a four-wheel-drive versio which was NOT sold in South Africa.

Assembled In

  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Slovakia
  • Brazil
  • South Africa
  • Angola
  • China


  • Sedan: 2,465 mm
  • 3-door: 2,460 mm
  • 5-door: 2,454 mm

Also Known As

  • Volkswagen Polo Vivo

Third Generation VW Polo

Sold through most of the 1990’s and into the early 2000’s this generation of Volkswagen Polo had one of the longest VW production runs in the Polo’s history. To date, it still holds the record for one of the most celebrated cars ever built and amassed a number of awards including:

  • 1999: Used Car Buyer Greatest Used Car Buy Awards Best Economy Car
  • 1998: Top Gear Magazine Best Supermini
  • 1997: Which? Magazine Best Best Supermini Buy, Auto Express Best New Supermini and Complete Car of the Year Awards Best Supermini
  • 1996 Semperit Irish Car of the Year
  • 1995 What Car? Car of the Year

The 1999 version of the VW Polo saw the introduction of a facelift version that included updated styling, new headlights, restyled bumpers and an all new interior.

Did you know? South Africa was the only country in the world to have an exclusive production model of the Polo called the Polo Playa. It was sold from 1996 until 2002.

Third Generation VW Polo at a Glance

Power Train


  • 1.0 L petrol
  • 1.3 L petrol
  • 1.4 L 8-valve petrol
  • 1.6 L 8-valve petrol
  • 1.8 L 8-valve petrol
  • 1.4 L TDI diesel
  • 1.7 L SDI diesel
  • 1.9 L diesel
  • 1.9 L TDI diesel


  • 5-speed manual
  • 4-speed automatic

Vehicle Layout

  • Front-engine, front-wheel-drive

Assembled In

  • Argentina
  • Germany
  • Spain


  • 2,407 mm

Also Known As

  • Volkswagen Derby

An Important Note! Neither the First or Second Generation Volkswagen Polo Vehicle Range were available to purchase in South Africa. These two generations were manufactured internationally over the following periods:

  • First Generation VW Polo: 1975–1981
  • Second generation VW Polo: 1981–1994

Volkswagen Polo FAQ’s

Q: Which version of the VW Polo is the most popular in South Africa?
A: Due to is cost effectiveness the Used Comfortline Polo is the most popular version of the Polo sold in South Africa at Group 1.

Q: What is the best VW Polo?
A: The entire Polo range is exceptional, however if you define “best” by the most features for the best price then this would be the Polo Highline. If you are looking for more sportier version of the Polo, then the “best” Polo would be the GTI. Ultimately the best Polo for you is the one which you want!

Q: Is there a VW Polo Diesel?
A: No, currently there is NOT a Diesel Polo sold in South Africa. However previous generations Used Polo for Sale in South Africa may be available in a Diesel powered format.

Q: How Many Volkswagen Polo Variants are there?
A: The latest generation of Polo offers five (5) variants, namely the 70kW TSI BMT Trendline, the 70kW TSI BMT Comfortline, the 70kW TSI BMT Comfortline DSG, the 85kW TSI BMT Highline and the 85kW TSI BMT Highline DSG.

Used VW Polo Prices

All of the Group 1 Pre-owned Showrooms in South Africa strive to provide the best Quality Used Cars at the best possible Used Car Prices, and the VW Polo’s that we sell are no exception to that rule. We guarantee some of the Best Used VW Polo Prices in the country thanks to our dedicated used vehicle sourcing teams that help to ensure that our Used Polo Prices are based on:

  • The age of the vehicle
  • The mileage of the vehicle
  • The Physical condition of the vehicle
  • The trim level of the vehicle
  • And if there is still part of the original Polo Warranty or Service Plan available

Volkswagen for Sale in Cape Town

With 3 showrooms to choose from there will never be a problem finding a Volkswagen Polo for Sale in Cape Town at Group 1 Pre-owned! Contact us on:

Group 1 Pre-owned in Kuils River
021 900 5200

Group 1 Pre-owned in Stellenbosch
021 887 6900

Group 1 Pre-owned in Knysna
044 302 2600

Used Volkswagen Polo for Sale in Johannesburg

When searching for a quality Used VW Polo for Sale in Johannesburg look no further than one of our two Group 1 Pre-owned Showrooms in:

Group 1 Pre-owned at The Glen
010 593 4393

Group 1 Pre-owned in Midrand
011 312 2678

Used Volkswagen Polo in Port Elizabeth and Surrounds

Find the best Used Volkswagen Polo for Sale in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage at any one of the following Group 1 Pre-owned Showrooms in the Eastern Cape:

Group 1 in Port Elizabeth
041 994 1800

Group 1 in Uitenhage
041 994 1800

Please Note! Even if there is not a Group 1 Pre-owned Showroom near you, you can still take advantage of our award winning customer service, our range of Used Volkswagen Polo for Sale, and our outstanding Used Vehicle Pricing. This is because we offer a nationwide vehicle delivery service that will get any new or used vehicle purchased from us direct to your door in no time at all!

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