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Latest on Volkswagen Polo: 01 June, 2015
The highly anticipated compact sedan from the German carmaker Volkswagen is expected to create a strong stir in the Indian automotive industry. The sub 4-meter sedan is stated to be based on the Polo hatchback platform and would most likely go on sale next year onwards. The company may most likely utilize the year's biggest automotive event 2016 Delhi Motor Show platform to showcase the latest offering from the company's production line. Volkswagen Polo The upcoming compact sedan would continue to be offered with the company's efficient line of petrol and diesel engines.
Volkswagen Polo, a Hatchback has 8 versions available in India. Volkswagen Polo has 4 Petrol cars and 4 Diesel cars. Other popular cars in the similar price range of Volkswagen Polo are Nissan Micra, Chevrolet Beat and Hyundai i10. Volkswagen Polo comes in 6 colours, namely, Candy White, Carbon Steel, Copper Orange, Flash Red, Night Blue, Reflex Silver.
The Volkswagen Polo is a premium hatchback which has been on sale in the Indian market since 2009. The hatchback has been the top selling product for the German carmaker in India. In a bid to further improve its sales, the company introduced the updated Polo hatch in the country in 2014. The premium car comes equipped with new age features and refined powerplants. Adding to it, the German maker also introduced the updated Polo TSI and TDI models.
Further to this, read Volkswagen Polo Road Test details by our expert.
Price (ex-showroom, Mumbai)
The various fuel trims in Volkswagen Polo are priced differently. The Petrol trims are priced between Rs. 5,49,395/- to Rs. 8,72,397/-. The Diesel trims of Volkswagen Polo start at Rs. 6,88,138/-.
There’s no denying that the Polo is one of the better looking cars in its segment, and that is the reason why it doesn’t look outdate despite being 5 years old. The credit for this goes to the company as well that kept on updating it at regular intervals. Talking about updates, the facelifted hatchback features new front grille, restyled front bumper with a chrome lining running across the air dam and new fog lamps. The stylish grille is flanked by new double barrel headlights with cornering lamps. At the rear, the updated Polo gets a new bumper with larger enclosure for the rear licensing plate and rear reflectors. While the top-spec Highline variant gets newly styled 10-spoke alloy wheels, the entry and low-level variants get new wheel covers.
The cabin of the Volkswagen Polo facelift is quite spacious, as it offers comfortable seats for five adults. The updated model features new flat-base three-spoke multi-functional steering wheel. Compared to the previous model, the new Polo has better designed control buttons. The newly styled multi-information display is easy to read. Instead of black theme, the dashboard layout of the new hatchback is dual-tone. Adding to it, the vehicle gets new upholstery for seats. The range-topping variant is equipped with automatic climate control, multimedia system with display, multifunctional display, multi-functional steering wheel with controls for audio, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, and several other advanced features.
Engine & Transmission
The new Volkswagen Polo is available in two petrol and one diesel engine options. The oil burner is a 1.5-litre TDI unit that offers two states of tunes 90PS and 105PS. While the regular variants gets 90PS motor, the 105PS powerplant is reserved for the performance oriented GT TDI version. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. The regular petrol version is powered by a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder motor producing 74bhp, the Polo GT TSI is propelled by a 4-cylinder, 1.2-litre turbocharged motor that is good for 105bhp. A five-speed manual gearbox comes as standard, while the performance-oriented variant is coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The regular Polo and the Polo GT TDI are claimed to return 20.14kmpl and 19.91kmpl, respectively. The petrol version delivers a decent 17.21kmpl of mileage.
Performance and Handling
The VW Polo's suspension mechanism comprises of McPherson Strut with Stabiliser Bar up front and a Semi-independent Trailing Arm at the rear. The suspension is smartly tuned to tackle Indian road conditions. The power steering works well in both city and highway conditions. The diesel version of the hatchback is powered by a 1.5-litre TDI motor, which is the downsized version of the 1.6-litre TDI motor. The vehicle accelerates to 100kmph from zero in less than 12 seconds, which is about 3 seconds faster than previous car.
The Volkswagen Polo features disc brakes at the front and drum at the rear. The braking performance is further enhanced by ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), which avoids skidding and wheel-locking on panic braking.
The Volkswagen Polo hatchback is the only car in its league to have a 4-star NCAP safety rating, making it the safest in its segment. The company is offering airbags as standard on all variants of the car. The hatchback is equipped with dual airbags, anti-Lock braking system, engine immobilizer, central locking, child safety locking, rear parking sensors and fog lamps as safety feature.
The 1598 cc Diesel - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 16 kmpl in city and 18 kmpl on highways, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 14 kmpl on urban roads and 16 kmpl and freeways, respectively.
The new Volkswagen Polo is equipped with a new 1.5-litre diesel engine, which offers effortless performance in all situations. With new powertrains, the hatchback offers excellent driveability. One of the safest cars in its league, the Polo is also known for offering top-notch interior quality.
The Volkswagen Polo rivals against the likes of the Hyundai Elite i20, Fiat Punto, Maruti Suzuki Swift and the new Honda Jazz.
Note: Specifications for Polo GT TSI (Petrol) have been mentioned
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