What is it?
This is Volkswagen’s latest attempt to keep its ageing Mk5 Polo relevant in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Released back in 2009, the compact VW has always been a firm favourite of ours thanks to its class-leading build quality, solid driving dynamics and high residual values. But let’s face it, the Polo has never been a particularly exciting machine, a problem that VW hopes to rectify with this new Beats Edition.
Based on the mid-range Polo Match, the Beats comes packed with an impressive portfolio of standard equipment that includes air-conditioning, electric windows, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, a USB socket and VW’s well-proven Composition infotainment system.
However, to set this special edition apart from the rest of the standard styling packs, the Beats also receives – rather, unsurprisingly – a whopping great 300-watt, eight-channel amplifier, sports seats with embossed Beats logo, tinted rear windows, a gloss black radiator grille, 16-inch ‘Knight’ alloy wheels and a distinctive ‘Flash’ red livery.
It’s not a subtle makeover then, but it’s one that, to these eyes at least results in a cohesive and rather handsome package.