Volkswagen Polo Playa

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Volkswagen Polo Playa, Volkswagen Polo Classic
AssemblyUitenhage, South Africa
Body and chassis
Body style5-door hatchback (Polo Playa)
4-door sedan (Polo Classic)
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformVolkswagen Group A03
RelatedSEAT Ibiza Mk2
SEAT Córdoba Mk1
Engine1.4 L I4 (petrol)

1.6 L I4 (petrol)

1.8 L I4 (petrol)
Power output62 kW (83 hp; 84 PS) (1.4i)

74 kW (99 hp; 101 PS) (1.6i)

86 kW (115 hp; 117 PS) (1.8i)
Transmission5-speed manual
SuccessorPolo Mk4

The Volkswagen Polo Playa is a supermini produced and sold in South Africa. From 1996 until 2002, it was a rebadged version of the SEAT Ibiza Mk2 five-door hatchback. A separate model, the Polo Mk3, was sold in most markets during this period - this model shared its mechanical components with the Ibiza and Playa, but in hatchback form, the body panels were all different. The Polo Playa and its sedan equivalent, the Polo Classic, were the first generation of the Polo to be sold in South Africa. The South African Polo Classic was likewise based on the SEAT Córdoba Mk1 four-door sedan.[1] In 2002, it was replaced by the Polo Mk4, although the Polo Playa name was still used in South Africa for the Polo hatchback until 2006. There were three models, 1.4i, 1.6i and 1.8i, all of which were available with a 5-speed manual gearbox only.

The name "playa" means beach in Spanish, which alludes to the fact that it's based on the Spanish SEAT Ibiza.

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  1. ^ The MK1 Polo wasn't originally a VW - and other interesting facts, Independent Online, 8 May 2020, retrieved 20 November 2022

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