Since 2007, Volkswagen revolutionized the German engineering in India. Volkswagen cars such as Passat, Jetta, Touareg, Beetle, Polo, Vento, Ameo showed remarkable excellence in its features and looks. To enter the hatchback market in 2009, Volkswagen launched the Polo and since then, it has been winning hearts of many people in India, thanks to its innovative features. Volkswagen Polo comes in three variants of Trendline, Comfortline and Highline with 6 colour options of Blue Silk, Candy White, Toffee Brown, Flash Red, Carbon Steel and Reflex Silver. Things you would like in Volkswagen Polo are superior build quality and standard safety features like ABS & airbags and since Volkswagen pays special attention on build quality and safety features, the price of the car is bit on higher side, when compared to its rivals. And since we at MYNEWCAR.IN also pays special attention on the safety features, we recommend you to buy the top of the line Highline variant.
What makes the Volkswagen Polo a hit car? Read on to find out-
|Ex-showroom Price Range||5,51,800 - 9,33,700|
Volkswagen cars are known for its stunning styles. And the Volkswagen Polo is an example for it. This car has a length of 3971mm, width of 1682mm and height of 1469mm. A decent wheelbase of 2469mm ensures full comfort for the occupants. The front looks stylish with a stylish front grille supported by dual-beam headlamps on the sides and fog lamps with cornering lights at the bottom. The side looks superb with trendy R15 TOSA alloy wheels and ORVMs with turn indicators. The rear side looks glamorous with stylish rear taillamps and the VW logo which doubles up as the tailgate opener.
Volkswagen splashed the Polo's interior with bits of style and glam. The dual tone black and beige colour scheme in the Highline trim looks great. The driver's seat is height adjustable. The sporty tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel gets audio and call controls. The instrument panel has a multi information display at its center. The Highline variant gets Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Wipers, Chrome Accents and Touchscreen Infotainment System. The glovebox gets cooling feature to cool drinks on the go. The rear seat backrest are single folding in the Polo. The Comfortline and Highline variant get ambient lights with theatre like dimming effect.
The 1.2litre TSI mill which powers the Polo GT has a superb acceleration of 0-100km/hr in just 10 seconds. For long drives, the high torque is the essential element for a superb drive, especially while overtaking other vehicles on highways. Both the manual and automatic gear shifts quickly and it is something which will outdo you.
The 1.5litre diesel powerhouse is unlike any 3-cylinder engine. The high-end torque allows the engine to pull from 1200rpm all the way to 4000rpm. Do it more higher, the engine feels tired and powerless at 5000rpm. The clutch isn't light but slick gearshifts compensates the loss well. On the highway, the Volkswagen Polo is fun to drive. Acceleration is its strength and at mid-range, speed is gained quickly. 0-100km/hr acceleration at 13.08seconds make overtaking cars a piece of cake.
The ride and handling is good in this car. The stiff suspension absorbs bumps and potholes well and the little more weighted steering makes handling the car easy. The improved braking makes stopping the car effortless.
Volkswagen Polo is offered in both petrol and diesel fuel trims with three engine and two transmission options. The petrol mill is the 1.2-litre MPI engine which is a 1198cc, 3-cylinder engine delivering a power of 73.76bhp at 5400rpm and torque of 110Nm at 3750rpm. This engine has a fuel efficiency of 16.47km/litre and is mated with 5-speed manual transmission.
The diesel powerhouse is the 1.5-litre TDI engine which is a 1498cc, 4-cylinder engine. This engine gives out a power of 88.51bhp at 4200rpm and torque of 230Nm at 1500-2500rpm. The diesel version gives a fuel efficiency of 20.14km/litre and is mated with 5-speed manual transmission.
For the enthusiasts, there are GT TSI and GT TDi variants that offer more power and torque output. The 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine in the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is 1197cc, 4 cylinder, turbocharged pot that gives an output of 103.26bhp at 5000rpm and torque of 175Nm at 1500-4100rpm. The GT TSi is coupled to 7-speed DSG automatic transmission and delivers a fuel economy of 17.21km/litre. For diesel lovers too, the GT TDi model is offered with turbocharged TDi engine that offers an output of 108.5bhp.
Volkswagen cars come with safety features that comply with stringent safety regulations. This resulted in the Volkswagen Polo being equipped with 3-point seat belts, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, engine immobiliser and height adjustable head restraints as standard across all variants. The Highline variant get auto dimming IRVM. Anti-pinch power windows is seen in the Comfortline and Highline trim. The Polo gets its stability from McPherson Strut with Stabiliser Bar suspension in front and Semi-independent Trailing Arm suspension in rear. For braking, disc brakes in front and drum brakes in rear do the job.
The Volkswagen Polo is priced from Rs. 5.43 lakh to Rs. 8.39 lakh. When compared to its competitors, the Polo is bit pricy. With a stylish exterior, impressive interior, powerful engines and standard safety features, Volkswagen made the Polo a perfect car to drive. If you love German engineering and love to create a hole in the pocket, the VW Polo is the one you must have.
Let us say that the car is driven for 1,000km a month i.e. 12,000km yearly. So, the cost of ownership for Volkswagen Polo can come upto Rs 74,874 for one year, which includes Rs 17,500 of insurance cost, Rs 5,854 of maintenance cost and Rs. 51,520 of fuel cost. Here the loan interest is not factored in as it depends on person to person and the percentage of amount taken in loan.
The small star of the Volkswagen, the Volkswagen Polo is up against Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Baleno RS, Honda Jazz, Fiat Abarth Punto and Ford Figo S. The Volkswagen Polo already got many happy customers and is a hitmaker of the Volkswagen company but lately with the stiff competition, the Polo is slowly losing its grip from Indian auto segment.