Cartrade Comparison Test
The Volkswagen Polo is counted among some of the strongest contenders in hatchback segment both in petrol as well as diesel versions. The Toyota Etios Liva, on the other hand, leaves its mark for its genuine performance and Japanese engineering. Both have proven their mettle and are confronting other strong players in the field including Maruti Suzuki Swift, Fiat Grand Punto, and Hyundai i20. There is a close rivalry between the two given their global reckoned backgrounds, high expectations, and claimed excellence in terms of design, style, built, and performance. What more contributes in balancing these two competition scale against each other, let’s track down.
Design: Exteriors And Interiors
With respect to design and style, both cars stand on their own places with their own charisma and magnificence. But the Polo has upper hand most of its rivals in the country. The Etios Liva’s features list includes alloy wheels, rear spoiler, front grille with loads of chrome, and sporty rear. The Volkswagen Polo, on the other hand, bears an elegant European design. Overall designing is quite edgy and warns the on-looker to not look for anything else than power and performance. Styling and body lines of this one are very European and reflect a sporty flair that is missing in Etios Liva. Dimensionally both are equal except for length where Polo takes small lead over Etios Liva. The wheelbase is almost identical for the two and space wise no one can claim to be ahead of the other.
In terms of interiors, both cars are perfect and cater all expectations and requirements of their accommodators. The LIva’s dashboard looks quite contemporary while the Polo features a conventional but high quality dashboard. Both comprise of larger glove boxes, dual-shaded fabric upholstery, and dual air bags for front row passengers. The odometer and tachometer for Liva are located in center while the same for Polo are located behind the steering wheel. Both offer equal amount of comfort and accommodation capacity to their passengers.
Toyota Etios Liva and Volkswagen Polo, have been offering both petrol and diesel engine options to their buyers. The petrol version of Toyota Etios Liva gets charged by a 4-pot 3NR-FE 1.2-litre petrol mill that gives a maximum output of 79bhp against a peak torque of 104Nm. The diesel version of the same gets powered by a 1.4-litre D4D CRDI engine that produces 67.07bhp for 170Nm. Both engines mate with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. The mileage offered by diesel version of Liva stands at 23.59kmpl.
The Volkswagen Polo, on the other hand, gets powered by a 3-pot 1.2-litre CRDI oil and 1.2-litre MPFI gasoline burner. The output given by two stand at 74bhp-180Nm and 75bhp-110Nm respectively. the best mileage offered by Polo stands at 22.7kmpl.
If the Polo plays stiffly on the road, Liva has better comfort to offer. For those planning to buy a small car in the close price bracket for these two, it is recommended to try both before taking the final decision. If your requirement is a European car with world-class structuring and robust looks, than go for Polo. In case, your first priority is fuel efficiency and affordability, then the Etios Liva is a better option. The price range for Volkswagen Polo stands at Rs.4.42 lakhs – Rs.7.06 lakhs that includes three petrol and three diesel models. The same range for Liva extends from Rs. 3.99 lakhs to Rs.5.87 lakhs that includes five petrol and two diesel trims.