Volkswagen Polo Facelift Review & Test Drive


Volkswagen Polo Overview

Volkswagen Polo was launched in the Indian market back in the year 2010. The Polo marks as the Volkswagen’s first offering in the premium hatch segment in the subcontinent. It holds a significant place in the German carmaker’s Indian portfolio and constitutes a fair pie of share in the segment. It’s the bread and butter model of the brand with wonderful built quality and unmatchable fit and finish levels. Since its launch, the car manufacturer has managed to provide timely updates to the vehicles’ looks, interiors, and engines.

Volkswagen has recently showcased 2018 Polo which will be soon launched in the country. The new Polo hatch gets an intense makeover with a new set of engines. It is based on the new MQB A0 platform which significantly increases its length and breadth. The carmaker has incorporated new design elements including red inserts in the headlamps, 17-inch alloys, rear spoiler, LED tail lamps, redesigned dashboard, instrument cluster and new touchscreen infotainment among other.

Volkswagen Polo Style

The styling of the hatchback is undeniably sporty and one has to agree that it’s one of the most modern looking hatchbacks. The car is modest and mature at the same time, a balance that hasn’t cracked by the competitors so far. At the front, the thin grille has been the touch of silver at the bottom with the brand logo at the centre. Either side of the grille is flanked by sharp headlights though looking at what the competitors are offering, the lack of LED headlights goes against its favour. Check for Volkswagen Polo price in Chennai at carBing.

The air dam below boasts of a sharp chrome lining on the top giving the car an aggressive character. The muscular touch can be further seen on the bonnet with two creases down the length. The best viewing angle of the car is probably from the side with the lean design and the kink in the window creating a pouncing pose leading to the front. The design seems to be clean with flat shoulder line, neat touches on the body panels and flared wheel arches. The 15-inch TOSA and 16-inch PORTAGO alloy wheels on the top models are well designed and look excellent when the car is in motion.

The car looks like a cute little car when viewed from the rear. The adorable appearance comes from the square-shaped tail lights and again, LED treatment is missing which is something a norm in this class. Apart from this, the clean and minimalistic design continues with a revamped bumper and reflectors at each side at the bottom. However, if you choose the GT variant, the dashing rear spoiler, especially with black cladding on the red paint looks spectacular to the eyes.

Volkswagen Polo Space

Talking about the cabin, it’s neither too spacious nor cramped but people looking for rear seat comfort for 3 adult passengers, might get disappointed. The space at the front, however, is better and on par with the rivals in the segment. The two-tone colour theme of the cabin is elegant with the centre console finished in silver that appears pleasant to the eyes. The set of air cons located at the top of the center console is angled towards the driver giving utmost driving comfort. For the feeling of more premiumness, the flat bottom steering with mounted audio controls is wrapped in leather while chrome highlights add to the richness.

Below the air cons, is the new touchscreen infotainment which let you pair your Android and Apple smartphones for music and telephony. The system also supports MirrorLink which let you mirror your smartphone screen on the display of the infotainment. One can also synchronize music with the option of USB, Aux-In, Bluetooth and SD Card connectivity. Move down further and you will see the climatronic air conditioning system that also has its own dedicated display. There is a large open space below the centre console where you would like to stash your small important belongings and spare items.

The layout of the multi-information instrument though is not comprehensive like rival Baleno but not complex either. It gives essential information including average speed, average fuel consumption and distance to empty readout along with service reminder. Other vital features in the car include auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, one-touch up/down windows, rear wiper/washer, ambient lighting with theatre effect, driver side dead pedal and sunglass holder in the glovebox which can be cooled through air cons inside. Still, the car misses on a lot of equipment including navigation, projector headlamps, reversing camera and keyless entry.

Volkswagen Polo Gearbox

As evident, Polo specifications include diesel and petrol engine. This 3-cylinder Inline, 999cc, mill develops top power of 76PS at 6200 rpm and a peak torque of 95Nm at 3000-4300 rpm. It is coupled to a traditional 5-speed manual gearbox in order to maximize performance and fuel efficiency. On the other hand, the diesel variants are powered by 1.5-litre TDI engine as it delivers a maximum power output of 90PS at 4200 rpm and a peak torque of 230 at 1500-2500 rpm. The diesel engine is also mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

There is also a 1.2L TSI and a higher spec 1.5L TDI engine available with the GT Line trim. This is made for the enthusiasts as this engine produces more power and torque and is more eager to rev. The engine produces 105PS at 5000 rpm with 175Nm at 1500-4100 rpm. It is coupled to a 7-speed DSG. The diesel engine produces 110PS at 4400 rpm with 250Nm at 1500-2500 rpm. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

According to Volkswagen, the Polo mileage will be around 18.78 kmpl for the petrol variant and 20.14 kmpl for the diesel variant. The GT Line petrol variant returns a mileage of 17.21 kmpl as per ARAI and the diesel returns around 19.91kmpl as per ARAI.

Volkswagen Polo Driving

The Polo is quite a bit of a driver’ car, if such a term can be used here, The new leather-strapped 3-spoke speed sensing electronic power steering makes handling effortless. The tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel is fairly light and responds instantly to the driver’s directional inputs. The sporty flat-bottom steering wheel design enables an individual to manoeuvre the hatchback quite comfortably through narrow roads and thick traffic. Coming on to the performance, the Polo is fairly competent.To know more information on Volkswagen Polo  visit Tamc2011

The diesel variants of Polo are capable of accomplishing the 100-kmph milestone from standstill in a shade over 13 seconds while clocking a respectable 165-kmph top speed. The petrol is a fair bit slower to 100-kmph, while the top whack is around 150kmph. The front suspension comprises of McPherson struts with a stabilizer bar and the rear has a semi-independent trailing arm. The handling of the Polo is very good and surely feels a sporty hatchback to drive.

Volkswagen Polo Safety

European car manufacturers never skimp on safety, and this is more than evident in the Polo, which now comes with dual front airbags and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as standard. The braking system comprising of ventilated discs up front and drum in rear wark fairly effectively. Additionally, there are 3-point front seat belts, 3-point rear outer seat belts, lap belt in the middle, speed-sensing auto door locks, fog lamps and many more features to ensure maximum safety of the occupants. Moreover, there are rear parking sensors and speed alert system too.

Volkswagen Polo Price in Chennai

Volkswagen Polo 1.2 Trendline Petrol Ex-showroom Price is 5,40,467/- and On Road Price is 6,17,356/-. Volkswagen Polo 1.2 Trendline Petrol comes in 5 colours, namely Flash Red,Reflex Silver,Copper Orange,Carbon Steel,Candy White. Volkswagen Polo 1.2 Trendline Petrol comes with 1.2L MPI with 1198 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 74 bhp@5400 rpm and Peak Torque 110 Nm@3750 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 16.47 Kmpl . Volkswagen Polo 1.2 Trendline Petrol comes with Manual Transmission with FWD.

Volkswagen Polo Final Thought

Well, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration if it is termed a very capable hatchback for India in this price segment. With the best interior quality, powerful engine and aggressive pricing, it is a sheer delight to bring home.Volkswagen Polo is available in 4 different variants such as Trendline, Comfortline, Highline and Highline Plus. The price range of the premium hatch is between Rs. 5.54 lakh and Rs. 9.33 lakh. The base variant Trendline is offered at the price tag of Rs. 5.54 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 7.04 lakh for the diesel trim. Its top-spec model Highline Plus is available at the price tag of Rs. 7.37 lakh and Rs. 8.09 lakh for the petrol and diesel variants respectively. The powerful GT variant is priced at Rs. 9.19 lakh for the petrol trim and Rs. 9.33 lakh for the diesel, ex- showroom, New Delhi.

Polo hatchback is currently pitted against Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Honda Jazz in the premium hatchback segment. Volkwagen Polo has really struggled to make its strong position in the niche despite immense trust of people in Maruti and Hyundai brands. The competition is really getting intense in the segment and the 2018 Volkswagen Polo might change the game for the carmaker.

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