Tata Altroz Turbo vs Volkswagen Polo TSI - COMPARE
Best Hot Hatchback Under Rs 10 Lakh Expert Review - Tata Altroz Turbo vs Volkswagen Polo TSI Comparison
The news of the new Tata Altroz turbo has been coming for a long time and we just had to do a performance comparison with the new Altroz Turbo vs Volkswagen Polo TSI. The Polo TSI is the only one currently having a turbo petrol and that would be its main rival when Tata eventually launches the Altroz Turbo in next month or end of the year. Hence here is a preview of what to expect from this battle between two turbo petrol hatchbacks to find the best sporty hot hatchback car under Rs 10 lakh in India
Engine and Performance
The current Altroz only gets a 1.2l petrol three cylinder motor and when we also drove it, one of the complaints has been the lack of power. Now finally with the turbo Altroz coming in, the power would be increased. The heart of the matter would be the new 1.2l turbo petrol which would get 108 bhp and 140Nm- which is a sizable increase over the 1.2l naturally aspirated motor. So how is that when compared with the Polo TSI? Well the Volkswagen Polo TSI has a 1.0 turbo petrol while it makes 110 bhp and 175Nm of torque. Thus the Polo TSI has more power and gets more performance which will make it quicker we suspect. The Altroz turbo will only come with a manual transmission at first while an automatic would be coming in later. The automatic would be a dual clutch one and that would give the Altroz an advantage here over the Polo but as said again that would take some time. At the present Volkswagen offers you both a manual and an automatic with the manual being standard on the Polo TSI and a 6-speed torque converter automatic is optional. The Polo TSI will give you 14-16 kmpl in the city and we expect the Altroz Turbo to be efficient as well here with more efficiency over the standard 1.2l.
Looks and Extra Features
The Altroz is already a good looking car but the Altroz turbo will get some extra add-ons to make it different from the regular Altroz. Thus you will get a new blue colour and smoked headlamps plus different design alloy wheels. The Polo TSI hardly gets any changes over the regular Polo but it is already good looking and the top-end Polo does look good plus sporty even today. The new TSI Polo gets a different chin.
In terms of features we expect the Altroz Turbo to have pretty much the same interior inside as the regular Altroz which is no bad thing. You will get a 7 inch touchscreen, Android Auto, AppleCarPlay climate control, cruise control etc. The Polo is also well equipped with a touchscreen which is slightly smaller but it has all the features which Altroz also has. That said the Altroz has a modern looking instrument cluster and a rear view camera which is a big miss on the Polo. Both have sportier flat bottomed steering wheel. However in terms of space the Altroz wins it hands down and is huge when compared with the Polo. The Altroz also gets wider opening rear doors which makes getting in and out much easier along with having a bigger boot and more storage spaces. The Polo looks a size smaller when compared to the Altroz in this department.
Price Expectation- Altroz Turbo vs Polo TSI
The regular Altroz starts at Rs 5.4 lakh while the top-end petrol is 7.8 lakh. The turbo Altroz will have a premium charged with it and we expect a starting price of Rs 80-90,000 hence the top-end Altroz turbo would be near Rs 9 lakh. The Polo TSI range starts at just above Rs 8 lakh and goes till just above Rs 9 lakh for the top-end automatic. So it seems the turbo Polo and Altroz manual might be priced similarly with the top-end Altroz turbo manual actually to be more expensive over the manual top-end Polo TSI. The Polo TSI has always been the driver’s choice with its dynamics and German engineering. The Altroz though has more space and features when compared to the Polo, hence makes for a more practical buy. So if you want a good looking hatch which is also spacious plus along with turbo performance, you should wait for the Altroz Turbo which is coming soon!
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