Volkswagen’s Polo range was boosted earlier this summer with a distinctive new model, the Dune. Priced from £12,495 RRP on the road, the Polo Dune combines the tough, rugged looks of a 4x4 with the compact proportions and nimble dynamics for which Volkswagen’s supermini is renowned.
The Dune is available with a choice of three efficient engines: a 1.2-litre 65 PS three-cylinder petrol; a 1.4-litre 75 PS four-cylinder petrol; and a 1.4-litre 75 PS TDI three-cylinder diesel. All come with five-speed manual transmission as standard.
Only two options are offered - metallic or pearl effect paint and a six-disc CD autochanger - because the Dune’s list of standard equipment is already comprehensive. Highlights include: semi-automatic climate control; ABS; distinctive 17" alloy wheels; four electric windows; CD player; electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors; front fog lights; remote central locking; and four airbags.
In addition to the alloy wheels, the Dune can be distinguished from other Polos through its raised suspension height (up by 20 mm); darkened rear lenses; anodised chrome finish door mirror housings and roof rails; and uniquely shaped bumpers.
At 3908 mm, the Dune is 11 mm longer than the standard Polo. It is 25 mm wider and at 1527 mm, 62 mm higher.
The Polo Dune is just as individual on the inside. The sports steering wheel with anodised chrome spokes is trimmed with perforated leather, as are the gear knob and handbrake grip.
On the road RRPs start from £12,495 for the 1.2-litre, and rise through £12,870 for the 1.4-litre 75 PS petrol to £13,470 for the 1.4-litre TDI.Published 15 September 2004