Volkswagen Polo Overview
Although not as iconic as the Golf, the Polo is arguably one of the more legendary Volkswagens, especially in Europe. Having followed in the footsteps of the Golf in terms of design in recent decades, the Polo has become the most popular subcompact on the Old Continent, and the fifth-generation model posted some impressive sales figures, even as it became nearly eight years old in 2016. But come 2017, and Volkswagen unleashed the sixth-generation Polo, an impressive hatchback that promises even more success for the German brand.
Although it sports an evolutionary design that’s fresh but far from outstanding, the new Polo is a noteworthy machine on the inside. Gifted with an exciting interior design and more technology than anything else in this niche as of 2017, the Polo is once again the leader of the subcompact market. And the redesign arrived just in time, as both Ford and Kia upgraded the Fiesta and Rio for the 2017 model year. How does it compare to its main rivals in Europe? Find out in the detailed review below. Book a test drive for Polo in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.
Volkswagen Polo Design
Exterior looks have not changed much, and the family identity is still very much there. At the front, the three-strip chrome grille has been replaced in favour of a single-slat chrome grille. The company has toned down the usage of chrome in and around the front grille, which makes it look bold and rugged. The hatchback boasts an all-new front bumper, which compliments well the aforementioned thick striped grille around the air dam. The headlamp cluster along with the twin fog lamps looks good, although disappointingly daytime-running lights (DRL) has been left out this time. The Polo also benefits from an all new set of alloys and body-coloured door handles. The design of the tail-lamp cluster has also been tweaked slightly. Every change done to the exteriors, as mentioned before, are very slight and will only be noticeable to the practiced eye. Else, they are minor – an oh, of course – a new colour Copper Orange is added to the prevailing shades of Candy White, Night Blue, Flash Red, Carbon Steel, and Reflex Silver.
A number of new features have been added to make driving even more comfortable, and this includes new interior upholstery and finishes. The drivers’ seat is now height adjustable for extended comfort and convenience. The steering wheel is all new, with a flat bottom to give it a sporty feel and with multi-function buttons on the top models. The top end versions also get a piano finish near the Bluetooth and voice command buttons – all adding a rich feel to the car. The dual tone dashboard is also premium looking along with the all-new centre console. There are silver coloured elements all around, instead of dreary black and they help liven up the interior. The instrument cluster consists of tachometer, speedometer, odometer and trip meter. The centre multi-function display, which was bright red in colour and sometimes jarring, has been replaced with a monochrome display which is much more soothing to the eyes. A trip computer however is only part of the top models.
Like the predecessor, the Polo too has tons of space inside for the front cup holders, bottle holders and sunglass holders. The centre console also has a 12V power socket to charge your Smartphone and a parcel tray to keep it. Top versions come with a ‘Climatronic’ automatic air conditioning; with the base and mid-level variants having to suffice with manual HVAC with dust and pollen filter. In terms of entertainment, there is the stock sound with a CD/MP3 player with USB, Aux-in, SD card input and 4 Speakers. Again, the top-end ‘Highline’ variant gets Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones and Voice Command (depending on mobile handset capability). Rear parking sensor is also part of the Highline variant, but lane-changing indicator is present across the range. The only disappointment is the legroom at the rear seats is still limited, and not much has been done in this regard. check for Polo in tec.net.in
Volkswagen Polo Performance
The previous Polo had a diverse engine lineup and the brand-new model promises to be just as versatile.No fewer than six different gasoline options are available, starting with a 1.0-liter turbo that comes in four flavors. The base unit cranks out 65 PS, but Volkswagen also offers variants with 75, 95 and 115 PS. The five-speed manual is standard on the first three, while the most powerful uses a six-speed manual. The 95 and 115 PS versions can also be selected with the seven-speed DSG.Next up is the 1.5-liter TSI, which is rated at a solid 150 PS. If you’re looking for more oomph, the 2.0-liter TSI in the GTi model delivers no less than 200 PS. Both the 1.5 and 2.0 can be had with either the six-speed manual or the seven-speed DSG.
Moving over to diesels, there’s a new 1.6-liter TDI engine. The base model gets 80 PS, while the more expensive option puts 95 PS to the ground. The former comes with a five-speed manual only, while the latter can be paired with the same manual or the seven-speed DSG.For the first time ever, the Polo can also be purchased with a natural gas drivetrain. The engine is called the 1.0 TGI, cranks out 90 PS, and mates to a five-speed manual. There isn’t much info available at this point, but Volkswagen says that the 1.0 TGI “can be CO2-neutral, depending on the energy source.” It’s safe to assume that it will be fuel efficient too.
Volkswagen Polo Driving
The Polo is quite a bit of a drivers’ car, if such a term can be used here, The new leather strapped 3-spoke speed sensing electronic power steering makes handling effortless. The tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel is fairly light and responds instantly to the driver’s directional inputs. The sporty flat-bottom steering wheel design enables an individual to maneuver the hatchback quite comfortably through narrow roads and thick traffic. Coming on to the performance, the Polo is fairly competent. The diesel variants of Polo are capable of accomplishing the 100-kmph milestone from standstill in a shade over 13 seconds while clocking a respectable 165-kmph top speed. The petrol is a fair bit slower to 100-kmph, while the top whack is around 150kmph. The front suspension comprises of McPherson struts with a stabilizer bar and the rear has a semi-independent trailing arm.
Volkswagen Polo Safety
European car manufacturers never skimp on safety, and this is more than evident in the Polo, which now comes with dual front airbags as standard. The braking system comprising of ventilated discs up front and drum in rear wark fairly effectively, and the Comfortline and Highline versions also get an Antilock Braking System (ABS). Additionally, there are 3-point front seat belts, 3-point rear outer seat belts, lap belt in the middle, speed-sensing auto door locks, fog lamps and many more features to ensure maximum safety of the occupants. To protect your precious investment, every Polo comes with an engine immobilizer and alarm with floating codes to make thefts difficult.
Volkswagen Polo Cost in Chennai
Volkswagen Polo On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 6,17,356 to 10,08,052 for variants Polo 1.2 Trendline Petrol and Polo 1.5 AllStar Limited Edition respectively. Volkswagen Polo is available in 11 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Volkswagen Polo variants price in Chennai. Check for Polo price in Chennai at Carzprice.
Volkswagen Polo Conclusion
The Volkswagen Group is known to make the best engines in the world, right from that W16 in the Veyron and Chiron to the ones that power Bentleys, Audis and Lamborghinis. This makes me wonder why can’t VW make a decent small capacity NA engine to compete with Maruti Suzuki’s brilliant K12 unit. Not only does the new MPI engine lack excitement, it doesn’t have the performance to match any of its rivals and when the price actually turns out to be more (the Swift costs lesser), you realise if you want to buy a petrol Polo, you are better off spending Rs. 2 lakhs more for the GT TSI.