Flash Red - Volkswagen Polo
The new Polo is a very fine example of how to move forward and yet not lose yourself in the crowd. The car has been updated regularly to keep it in contention and improve its desirability.
The Polo now comes with a 1.2 litre petrol motor and 1.5 litre diesel. The 1.2 litre petrol motor pumps 75 PS of power and 110 Nm of torque. It promises a fuel economy of 16.47 km/l. The 1.5 litre diesel engine is a brand new motor developed by VW. It has a peak power output of 90 PS and torque of 230 Nm. It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and ARAI tested mileage is at 20.14 km/l.
The Cross Polo is offered as a 'tougher' looking variant of the standard car and is powered by the same engines.
The Polo GT twins, the GT TSI and GT TDI represent the performance side of the range. Powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol motor, the GT TSI also features the critically-acclaimed 7-speed dual-clutch transmission from the VW group. It has a maximum power output of 105PS with a maximum troque figure of 175Nm, coupled to the DSG-box the GT TSI is right now the best hot-hatch anyone can buy in the country without breaking the bank. The GT TDI, powered by the 1.5-litre diesel motor developing 105PS/250Nm mated to a 5-speed manual transmission offers a good mix of power, efficiency and handling.
The Interior of the Polo is simple and rich. Quality if very good and the ends are neat and well-sculpted. The feature list is rich and the cabin feels very classy. The voice command feature is very useful. Features like the cooled glovebox also add to the premiumness of the cabin.
The quality of the cabin is best in the segment.
Base variant does not get many features
The Volkswagen Polo has a 294-litre boot
The Volkswagen Polo has large, legible speedometer
The Volkswagen Polo gets a leather wrapped gearknob on the top-end Highline variant
The Volkswagen Polo has front cup holders
The Volkswagen Polo gets a cooled glovebox on the top-of-the-line Highline variant
The Volkswagen Polo has Bluetooth/CD/MP3/USB/Radio/Aux-In compatible player
The Volkswagen Polo gets a auto-climate control system on the Highline trim
The Volkswagen Polo does not have centre armrests on any variant
The Volkswagen Polo has A/C vents on the dashboard
The Volkswagen Polo has comfortable seats
The Volkswagen Polo has adequate leg room for the front occupants but limited leg-room for the rear passengers
The Volkswagen Polo has adequate knee room for the front occupants but limited knee-room for the rear passengers
The Volkswagen Polo has adequate shoulder space for the rear-seat passengers
The Volkswagen Polo has adequate head-room for all passengers
The Volkswagen Polo has a chunky, sporty steering wheel
The Volkswagen Polo gets power windows for all doors on all variants except the base Trendline variant
The Volkswagen Polo offers keyless entry on all variants except the base Trendline variant
The Volkswagen Polo gets a driver info display on all variants
Easily the best looking car in its segment. The VW design is classy and does not grow old at all. The VW logo at the rear also doubles up as boot-latch, it is a unique feature. The car now features ORVM integrated indicators.
Elegant and classy
Understated looks may not appeal to all. The Cross Polo looks patronising
The Volkswagen Polo has an understated fascia with chrome-lined grille and air-dam, dual-lamp headlights, fog lamp cluster with cornering lamps etc.
The Volkswagen Polo has a smart looking rear
The Volkswagen Polo has a solid-presence when looked at from the side
The Volkswagen Polo has 165mm of ground clearance
The Volkswagen Polo gets body coloured bumpers on all variants
The Volkswagen Polo has dual-lamp headlights
The Volkswagen Polo has large multi-element tail-lamps
The Volkswagen Polo gets front fog lamps on all variants except the base Trendline variant, rear fog lamps come standard
The Volkswagen Polo is fitted with 175/70 R14 tyres on the base Trendline variant, and 185/60 R15 tyres on all other variants
The Volkswagen Polo is fitted with alloy wheels only on the Highline variant
The Volkswagen Polo gets indicator integrated ORVM covers as standard
The Volkswagen Polo is available with 7 paint options
The Volkswagen Polo is offered with a rear windshield wiper on all variants except the base Trendline
The Volkswagen Cross Polo 1.2 MPI and 1.5 TDI are the only variants to be offered with roof rails
The Volkswagen Polo is not equipped with a sun-roof
The Volkswagen Polo is not equipped with a spoiler
The Volkswagen Polo does not need side-steps
The Volkswagen Polo gets full-sized spare wheels
The 1.2 MPI motor is not enthusiastic, the 1.5 TDI motor is powerful and efficienct. The 1.2 TSI motor and 1.5 TDI motor on the GT models are a revelation. The 1.2 TSI motor and 7speed DSG combo make the Polo GT TSI a scorching performer.
1.2 TSI motor and 7-speed DSG combo on the GT TSI cannot be matched
1.2 MPI motor is unenthusiastic
The Polo 1.2 MPI and Cross Polo 1.2 MPI have an ARAI-certified mileage of 16.47 kml. The Polo GT TSI has an ARAI-certified mileage of 17.21 kml. The Polo 1.5 TDI and Cross Polo 1.5 TDI have an ARAI-certified mileage of 20.14 kml. The Polo GT TDI has an ARAI-certified mileage of 19.91 kml.
VW after-sales are on the steep side especially the workshop costs.
Diesel Polo is quite fuel efficient.
It is difficult to get a good efficiency figure in the GT TSI. Maintenance costs are on the higher side
|1.5 TDI Trendline||20.14 kmpl|
|1.5 TDI Comfortline||20.14 kmpl|
|Select 1.5 TDI Highline||20.14 kmpl|
|1.5 TDI Highline||20.14 kmpl|
|GT 1.5 TDI||19.91 kmpl|
|1.2 MPI Trendline||16.47 kmpl|
|1.2 MPI Comfortline||16.47 kmpl|
|Select 1.2 MPI Highline||16.47 kmpl|
|1.2 MPI Highline||16.47 kmpl|
|GT TSI||17.21 kmpl|
The Polo 1.5 TDI and Cross Polo 1.5 TDI have an ARAI-certified mileage of 20.14 km/l. The Polo GT TDI has an ARAI-certified mileage of 19.91 km/l.
The Polo 1.2 MPI and Cross Polo 1.2 MPI have an ARAI-certified mileage of 16.47 km/l. The Polo GT TSI has an ARAI-certified mileage of 17.21 km/l.
VW Polo handles very well and is very confident at all speeds. Airbags are standard across the range
Airbags are standard across the range
Soft suspension not the best for the powerful GT variants
The Volkswagen Polo handles well, but the body-roll is noticeable
The Volkswagen Polo has very good brakes
The Volkswagen Polo is equipped with dual-airbags as standard, ABS is available on most variants, the GT TSI gets ESP too
The Volkswagen Polo is equipped with ABS on all variants except the Trandline
The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is the only variant to be offered with traction control
The Volkswagen Polo, take any variant, has one of the best ride-and-handling characteristics amongst its competition. It is a suspension setup that is pliant enough to smother bad roads, while also being stiff to take croners at blistering speeds. The electronic power steering and the softer suspension do dull the driving charactristics of the GT twins though.
Good ride quality
EPS and soft suspension dull driving experience of the GT TSi and GT TDI
The Volkswagen Polo is a very comfortable car
The Volkswagen Polo is fitted with McPherson strut with stabiliser bar at the front
The Volkswagen Polo gets a semi-independent trailing arm suspension setup at the rear
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Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Comfort,
Cons ,High maintenance
German cars have enticed me always for the highly impressive build, simple designs and flawless performance. The ergonomics and driving comfort in the car is at par. The only downside of the car is its high maintenance nature.
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