The South African automotive lexicon gains a new word this week with the launch of the special edition Volkswagen Polo Mswenko that comes with a host of add-on features.
Mswenko is an isiZulu expression for the slang word ‘swag’ when used as a description of a person’s attitude and confidence. A self-confident and stylish person is said to have swag. Mswenko, which is unique to South Africa, refers to a person’s style, attitude and general demeanour.
“The Polo Vivo Mswenko, which is based on the 1.4 63 kW Comfortline manual, is a fashion-inspired derivative, which features unique styling details and serves to appeal to customers that are dynamic and young at heart,” says Mike Glendinning, Sales and marketing Director for Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA).
In the exterior, the Polo Vivo Mswenko is easily recognisable by the Mswenko side decals, a chrome tip exhaust, 16-inch Portago alloy wheels in Anthracite, a black painted roof, privacy glass and mirror covers in two colour variants.
Inside, the Polo Vivo Mswenko differentiates itself from the rest of the range with unique standard features such as the new Ocean Blue seats, Anthracite headliner, silver dashboard inserts, App Connect, six speakers and a leather package (leather multi-function steering wheel, gearshift lever and gear knob).
This special edition model will only be available in the following exterior colours; Pure White, Reflex Silver, Limestone Grey and Reef Blue. The Polo Vivo Mswenko will be available at Volkswagen dealers from October 2020.
With 261 285 units sold since its market introduction in March 2010, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo hatch has been the best-selling passenger car model in South Africa for the past decade.
Being the only locally manufactured model in the competitive A0 segment, the Polo Vivo has been a dominant brand in the entry-level hatch segment in spite of new models being launched on a regular basis.
The cost of ownership over a 3-year cycle makes Polo Vivo one of the most affordable cars to own in the South African market.
Price: Polo Vivo Mswenko 1.4 63kW Comfortline R246 900
The Polo Vivo Mswenko comes standard with a 3 year/120 000 km warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. A Volkswagen Maintenance Plan as well as a Volkswagen Service Plan are available as options. Service interval is 15 000 km.