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Volkswagen Polo

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Volkswagen Polo is one of the most elegant premium hatchbacks in the Indian car market. A combination of class and style, its appearance impresses onlookers on the first glimpse. This premium hatchback from the German automaker comes loaded with a high performance engine, captivating interiors and advanced safety arrangements. Positioned in the B+ segment, new Volkswagen Polo contends against stalwarts such as Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i20, Ford Figo and Fiat Punto.

Volkswagen Polo 2011 has been designed and engineered with precision, which is reflected in its unrivalled interiors and attention pulling exteriors. Its construction design signifies attitude of car - robust, powerful and stylish. Body colour bumper and door handles, gracious front grille sporting Volkswagen hallmark and elegant alloy wheels further adds to its elegance.

After tasting incredible success around the globe, Volkswagen Polo bagged prestigious award for 2010 World Car of the Year at the International Auto Show held in New York. Advanced safety arrangements and features of Volkswagen Polo 2011, which include anti-lock braking system, safety airbags and Isofix child-seat mounting points are some of the unique selling points of the premium hatchback model.

Launch History

Volkswagen Polo, a sub-compact car by Volkswagen, is one most popular premium vehicles throughout the globe. The model is available in several editions, which include hatchback, saloon, coupé and estate. Volkswagen Polo was initially introduced in 1975, Volkswagen Polo 2011 being fifth generation of the vehicle. The current generation underwent facelift revision, due to which the model is also associated with Skoda Fabia and SEAT Ibiza.

Volkswagen India Private Limited launched the premium hatchback in the domestic market in early 2010. Available in petrol as well as diesel variants, Volkswagen Polo 2011 received warm response in the Indian car market. After phenomenal success of Volkswagen Polo, the Indian arm of the automotive giant introduced a limited edition model, Volkswagen Polo Breeze.

Variants (Models)

New Volkswagen Polo is introduced in diesel and petrol versions in several models. These variants are Trendline, Comfortline and Highline, the first being the basic and Highline being top-end vehicle.

The variants of Volkswagen Polo are detailed below:

Variant

Features

Volkswagen Polo Petrol Trendline 1.2 L

Volkswagen Polo Petrol Trendline 1.2 L is the basic petrol powered variant of the hatchback. Some of the defining features of this vehicle are power steering, front power widows, central locking, air-conditioning system, interior door handles, chrome finished gear shift knob and halogen headlamps.

Volkswagen Polo Petrol Comfortline 1.2 L

Volkswagen Polo Petrol Comfortline 1.2 L has several advantages over the basic petrol variant. Besides standard features of Volkswagen Polo Petrol Trendline 1.2L, the variant has several additional features, such as 60:40 split folding rear seating, body coloured ORVMs and luggage compartment cover. Metallic pearl effect paint, height adjustable driver’s seat, front and rear power windows are other noteworthy features of Comfortline.

Volkswagen Polo Petrol Highline 1.2 L

The top-end petrol variant of Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Polo Petrol Highline 1.2 L features several exclusive features and arrangements for comfort, convenience and safety. Distinguishing features of the variant are Livon upholstery, chrome interior trims, fabric door trim, dual front airbags, 15 inch alloy wheels and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Moreover, this variant comes loaded with rear wiper/defogger, front & rear fog lamps, door open warning and multifunctional display.

Volkswagen Polo Diesel Trendline 1.2 L

Volkswagen Polo Diesel Trendline 1.2 L is the basic diesel variant of Volkswagen Polo. Standard features of this variant include power steering, air-conditioning system front power widows, central locking, interior door handles, chrome finished gear shift knob and halogen headlamps.

Volkswagen Polo Diesel Comfortline 1.2 L

Along with standard features of the basic variant, Comfortline comes with various additional arrangements. 60:40 split folding rear seat, body coloured ORVMs, luggage compartment cover and metallic pearl effect paint are some of its distinguishing features. Height adjustable driver’s seat, front and rear power windows are the other defining features of this variant.

Volkswagen Polo Diesel Highline 1.2 L

The top-end diesel variant is loaded with several exclusive features and arrangements. Livon upholstery, chrome interior trims, fabric door trim, dual front airbags and 15 inch alloy wheels are some of the highlighting features of Volkswagen Polo Diesel Highline 1.2 L. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), rear wiper / defogger, front / rear fog lamps, door open warning and multifunctional display are other notable features of the high.

Volkswagen Polo Petrol Highline 1.6 L

Volkswagen Polo Petrol Highline 1.6 L is another top-end petrol variant, which has a high capacity engine. Appreciated for delivering exceptional performance and engine power, Volkswagen Polo Petrol Highline 1.6 L caters to sports enthusiasts.

Pricing

The hatchback from Volkswagen India Private Limited is available in 7 variants in petrol and diesel version. Volkswagen Polo price ranges between Rs. 4.40 Lacs and Rs. 7 Lacs. Volkswagen Polo Petrol Trendline 1.2 L is the most economical variant, with the Diesel Highline 1.2 L variant being the premium model.

Review

Volkswagen Polo 2011 is a new age hatchback which combines style, technology, power and comfort in one package. Apart from several comfort features, the hatchback takes care of safety of occupants. Moreover, the sub-compact car has ample space to accommodate 5 passengers. As a part of the B+ segment of the Indian auto market, this car competes against established performers like Maruti Swift, Maruti Ritz, Fiat Punto and Hyundai i20.

As far as technical capabilities are concerned, Polo 2011 is loaded with highly efficient engine that delivers excellent engine performance and acceleration, along with optimum mileage. Striking design, powerful engine, dynamic built, elegant interiors and eye-catching exteriors are the defining characteristics of the new Volkswagen Polo.

Used Car Market

Volkswagen India Private Limited is not a recognisable name among Indian auto buyers. Being a new entrant in the market, brand Volkswagen is not heavily sought after in the used car market. However, exceptional success of the Volkswagen Polo has changed perception of Indian consumer towards German brand in the second hand market. Thus, there is considerable demand of used Polo cars in the domestic market.

Specifications

New Volkswagen Polo 2011 variants are equipped with three engines, viz. 1.2 L petrol, 1.6 L petrol and 1.2 L diesel. The 1.2 L petrol engine is assimilated with a swift 5-speed manual transmission mechanism that has capacity to deliver power output of 75 bhp at 5400 rpm and peak torque of 110 Nm at 3750 rpm. On the other hand, its 1.2 L diesel engine is integrated with 5-speed manual transmission gearbox to deliver maximum power output of 75 bhp at 4200 rpm and maximum torque of 180 Nm at 2000 rpm.

Moreover, a 1.6 L capacity engine is also available in Volkswagen Polo in India. Catering to sports lovers, Volkswagen Polo Petrol Highline 1.6 L delivers excellent on-road performance. This engine has power capacity of 105 bhp at 5250 rpm and peak torque of 153 Nm at 3750 rpm.

Exteriors

Exterior Appearance

New Volkswagen Polo 2011 boasts of appealing interiors, featuring a wide array of features that complement its attractive look. Body coloured bumpers, ORVMs and door handles, along with appealing front grille with stylish headlamps, add to the gracious appearance of Polo. The sporty silhouette of this vehicle grabs attention of onlookers instantly. Chrome finished trim on the front radiator grille and 15-inch alloy wheels provides robust, aggressive and stylish character to the new Volkswagen Polo 2011.

Exterior Measurements

Exterior Measurements of new Volkswagen Polo are listed below:

Parameter

Measurement

Length

3970  mm

Width

1682  mm

Height

1453  mm

Wheelbase

2456 mm

Ground Clearance              

168 mm

Kerb Weight

1055 kg

Fuel tank capacity

45 litres

Interiors

Interior Appearance

Volkswagen Polo's interiors are exquisitely designed and decorated using premium quality material. Interiors features common in all variants are adjustable side-view mirrors, power windows, power steering with tilt/telescopic adjustment, engine immobiliser, central locking, tachometer, prismatic rear-view mirror and tinted glasses. Some other noteworthy interior features of new Volkswagen Polo are sporty seats and chrome accent on handles / gear knob.

Black and beige theme is the chief highlight of the interior design. Leather upholstery further adds stylish and luxurious character to the car. Besides, the central locking control is positioned close to driver’s door for convenience. Moreover, door pockets are spacious enough for placing water bottles and other articles conveniently.

Interior Comfort

Interiors of new Volkswagen Polo 2011 are not only attractive but also designed to provide utmost comfort to occupants. The roomy interiors provide plenty of legroom, shoulder room and headroom. For better driveability, steering wheel has three spokes along with a short shifter. Seats can also be adjusted easily by the occupants for better driving position. Moreover, ample rear headroom and cosy headrests at the rear seats add to the comfort of occupants.

Interior Measurements

New Volkswagen Polo has sufficient space to accommodate 5 occupants comfortably. As a spacious hatchback, Volkswagen Polo 2011 has been precisely designed with ample of headroom and legroom for front as well as rear passengers.

Mileage, Average and Fuel Economy

Petrol variants of Volkswagen Polo 2011 are available in two engine capacities, which include 1.2 L and 1.6 L. The former produces displacement of 1198 cc and delivers mileage of 16.5 kmpl. On the other hand, the sports variant, loaded with a 1.6 L petrol engine, delivers fuel efficiency of 14.5 kmpl. The diesel variant is powered by a 1.2 L capacity engine, which is acknowledged for excellent fuel efficiency. Diesel variants deliver mileage of 16 kmpl on city roads and 20 kmpl on highways.

On-road Drive

with advanced technical capabilities and high performing engine, Volkswagen Polo 2011 delivers excellent on-road performance. For deceleration and better handling, Volkswagen Polo has a powerful braking mechanism. Front wheels of the vehicle feature large ventilated disc brakes, whereas rear wheels are packed with drum brakes. With an advanced anti-lock braking system (ABS), handling of Polo has been improved to a great extent.

Power

New Volkswagen Polo 2011 is launched in several engine capacities in India. The petrol driven 1.2 L petrol engine has maximum power of 75 bhp at 5400 rpm and has highest torque of 110 Nm at 3750 rpm. On the other hand, its 1.2 L diesel engine has capacity to churn out 75 bhp at 4200 rpm and peak torque of 180 Nm at 2000 rpm. The sports variant of Volkswagen Polo in India is assimilated with a 1.6 L engine that delivers maximum power output of 105 bhp at 5250 rpm and highest torque of 153 Nm at 3750 rpm.

Acceleration and Pick Up

The 1.2 L petrol-fuelled Polo sprints from 0 to 100 kmph in 14.2 seconds, whereas the diesel variants take 14.4 seconds to race from naught to 100 kmph. The sports variant, Volkswagen Polo Petrol Highline 1.6 L, accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in just 11.1 seconds, with top speed of 183.8 kmph. 

Safety and Security

Volkswagen Polo 2011 comes loaded with several active and passive safety features that ensure a safe driving experience. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and central locking are the highlighting safety features of this vehicle. Moreover, safety airbags and electronic anti-theft immobiliser take care of safety of car and occupants in case of collisions. 3-point automatic safety belts, front head restraints and rear head restraints are other noteworthy passive safety arrangements of new Volkswagen Polo.

Comfort and Convenience

Interiors of the new Volkswagen Polo 2011 feature several comfort and convenience of occupants. Central locking with boot opener, front intermittent wipers, air conditioning system, easily readable instrument panel and power windows are among notable convenience arrangement. For further convenience, Volkswagen Polo has fuel lid with push style opening / central locking, convex Power steering and tilt / telescopic adjustment on steering wheel.

Wheels

The Trendline and Comfortline variants of Volkswagen Polo 2011 have steel wheels, whereas its Highline variant has lightweight alloy wheels. Steel wheels are 14 inches in size, whereas the alloy wheels measure 15 inches. Trendline and Comfortline variants are fitted with 175/70 R 14 steel wheels, while Highline variant has 180/60 R15 alloy wheels.

Stereo and Accessories

An advanced integrated music console is among the major highlights of Volkswagen Polo in India. With capabilities of CD, mp3 and radio, the music console assimilated in the vehicle produces excellent sound quality to the delight of music lovers. The powerful air-conditioning system is another notable accessory of Volkswagen Polo that provides respite from scorching heat by maintaining comfortable temperature inside the cabin. Besides, buyers can add body styling, wheels and accessories, transport equipment, communication, care and protection and other features as per their preferences.

Dealers

The largest car marker of Europe, Volkswagen (VW), has 77 Volkswagen flagship stores across India. The German automaker is working on an expansion strategy in India. Volkswagen Delhi South, Volkswagen Delhi North, Volkswagen Ring Road, Volkswagen Delhi East and Volkswagen Gurgaon are some of the noteworthy company-owned Volkswagen dealers in Delhi NCR region.  Volkswagen Polo cars can also be availed by potential buyers in Mumbai from notable dealers, such as Volkswagen Downtown, Volkswagen Mumbai West and Volkswagen Mumbai East. Volkswagen Palace Cross,

olkswagen Bangalore and Volkswagen Downtown Bangalore are some of the notable flagship stores of Volkswagen in Bangalore.

Company Quotes

Upon unveiling Volkswagen Polo in India, Volkswagen officials quoted:

“The Polo stands for German engineering and top technology. It is lively young cosmopolitan made in India car. Volkswagen will be presenting the new Polo to the general public for the very first time at the Auto Expo 2010. For Indian drivers this opens the door on a new automobile world. For us the Polo market launch brings access to one of the Indian passenger cars segment with the highest volume unit sales.” said Jochem Heizmann, member of the board of management, Volkswagen AG.

After receiving warm reception in Indian car market, Volkswagen officials quoted:

“Presently, we have at least two to three months of waiting period for the Polo and Vento. We are ramping-up capacity at our Chakan facility to meet demand,” Volkswagen Group Sales India (Passenger Cars), Director, Neeraj Garg. ”We have started a second shift to scale-up production to meet the high demand for the Polo and Vento. We are gradually ramping-up production, but not rapidly, as we do not want to compromise on quality”, Garg said.

Competitor Analysis

Positioned in the B+ segment of premium hatchbacks in India, Volkswagen Polo challenges established models like Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i20, Ford Figo and Fiat Punto. Introduced in diesel as well as petrol variants, new Volkswagen Polo has rapidly established itself in this competitive segment.

Maruti Suzuki Swift, one of the close contenders of Volkswagen Polo 2011, has been most successful model in the segment since its launch in 2005. Moreover, the hatchback is also available in diesel and petrol versions, providing more options to potential buyers. The latest edition of Swift, which comes loaded with refined engine, has received a warm reception as well enhanced performance capabilities and comfort features.

Ford Figo, a compact hatchback, enjoyed incredible sales since its launch in early 2010. Based on kinetic design, it has acquired appearance from models like Ford Mondeo and Ford Focus. Ford Figo has new generation features, which include lane change indicators, speed sensing volume control, rapid deceleration warning and many more to set it apart from B+ segment's league.

Hyundai i20, the upgraded model of Hyundai i10, has received exceptional response from targeted group. There is an option wherein buyers can choose between automatic and manual transmission mechanism. New-age technological features, such as fully automatic temperature control system and in-built USB port, are the differentiating aspects of the hatchback.

Despite fierce competition in the existing segment, Volkswagen Polo has established a strong foothold very quickly. A combination of German engineering, high-end comfort arrangements and advanced security features differentiate Volkswagen Polo 2011 from rival hatchbacks.

LPG/CNG version

As of now, there are no LPG/CNG versions of Volkswagen Polo.

Pros

Volkswagen Polo 2011 is a dynamic hatchback in the B+ segment that provides an impression of elegance. Powerful engine, remarkable design and luxurious interiors are the defining attributes of this vehicle. New Volkswagen Polo has unmatched exteriors, with body colour bumper / door handles, front grille, chrome finished trim and appealing alloy wheels grabbing attention of onlookers.

Volkswagen Polo interiors are as attractive and elegant as its exteriors. Leather upholstery, sporty seats, dual tone dashboard, interior door handles with chrome accents are some of the highlighting characteristics of interiors. Moreover, Volkswagen Polo 2011 has several active and passive safety features, notably Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), central locking, electronic anti-theft Immobiliser and safety airbags.

Cons

Besides its positive attributes, new Volkswagen Polo also has some limitations. High maintenance cost involved with premium hatchback is one of the foremost factors that compels the target group to consider other models. Furthermore, there is limited support from Volkswagen Group, which is still expanding its Indian operations. These factors may hinder the life cycle of new Volkswagen Polo in India.

Conclusion

Volkswagen Polo has impressed industry experts, aficionados and enthusiasts on parameters of ride quality, appearance and handling. The premium hatchback provides a smooth on-road performance even on the off-road conditions owing to ground clearance of 168 mm. Moreover, the suspension can be modified, thus increasing ground clearance by 50 mm. Volkswagen Polo is empowered by strong chassis that allows excellent ride control.

The advanced braking system is another unique selling proportion of new Volkswagen Polo. The braking mechanism encompasses discs upfront and drums at the rear. The top-end variant, Highline, is integrated with advanced Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) that provides good driving control.

Capitalising on the success of Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen India Private Limited is introducing Volkswagen Polo Breeze and Volkswagen Vento Breeze in the festive season. These limited edition models are integrated with additional features such as rear parking distance control, navigation system (GPS) and leather seat 

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