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Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo is a car for the next generation that wants style, advanced technology, power, and comfort all in one package. Volkswagen Polo with its classy and elegant looks makes it simply irresistible.

Volkswagen has recently launched its first manufacturing plant in Chakan near Pune in India. Price of Volkswagen Polo has been set to compete with other hatchbacks like Maruti Swift, Maruti Ritz, Fiat Punto, Hyundai i10, Hyundai i20, etc.

Volkswagen Polo boasts of a striking design, uncompromising quality, and a powerful new engine. Trend setting design, boundless dynamism and stimulation luxury of the New Polo is sure to attract and appeal to car lovers. The premium hatchback beauty, New Volkswagen Polo has unmatched interiors and exciting exteriors that will leave you breathless.

Volkswagen Polo is very impressive when it comes to both interiors and external body. Volkswagen Polo's impressive figure with a sporty silhouette will turn on lookers, green with jealousy. The chrome finished trim on the front radiator grille adds that extra bit to the exteriors of the car. The icing on the cake is the logo of that justifies the faith and trust on the brand. The 15 inch alloy wheels make the look more robust, aggressive and stylish.

Not only exteriors but the interiors of new Volkswagen Polo are also top of its class with elegant leather upholstery that gives the car a very supreme and luxurious look. The spacious interior of Volkswagen Polo is yet another incentive to buy this beauty. The all new Volkswagen Polo is dressed with many comfort features that keep the convenience to passengers on top of its check list.




Volkswagen Polo is available in 3 engine type. The 1.2L Petrol engine is packed with a 5 speed manual transimission gearbox that ensures an outstanding performance with excellent fuel efficiency. This 1.2L engines delivers an impressive power of 75PS at 5400 rpm and a Maximum Torque of 110Nm at 3750m. The 1.6L Petrol engine comes with 5 Speed Manual Transmission which produces a Maximum Power of 105 PS at 5250 rpm and a Maximum Torque of 153Nm at 3750 rpm. The 1.2 L diesel engine with 5 Speed Manual Transmission is an impressive performer and produces a power of 75 PS at 4200 rpm and 180 Nm torque at 2000 rpm.

Volkswagen Polo has also taken care of safety of both the passengers and the pedestrians. With inbuilt active and passive safeguards, it helps to avoid the unexpected turns while driving. ABS (Anti Lock Braking System), central locking, Air bags, Electronic anti-theft Immobilizer etc. Take care of safety of, both the car and the passengers.

Volkswagen Polo is a stylish car that features sleek exterior with body colored bumper, body colored door handles and dashing front grille. Its interior too, looks appealing with its dual tone dashboard, fabric upholstery, gear knob and interior door handles in chrome, comfortable and sporty seats. Volkswagen Polo is dressed with an array of safety features like Dual Front Airbags (for driver and Front Passenger), ABS (Antilock Braking System), 3 point automatic safety belts, Head restraints that counteract the risk of whiplash injury in front seat and 2 rear head restraints.

Styling

The Volkswagen Polo used to be the smallest car in Volkswagen’s line-up and around 30 years ago that was exactly what it was – small. The new Volkswagen Polo is nothing close to what it used to be in terms of dimensions. The Volkswagen Polo 1.6 is as big now as some of the earlier model VW Golf vehicles and boasts a longer wheel base, wider stance and higher roofline making it much more comfortable for all five passengers.

The exterior of the Volkswagen Polo 1.6 Highline Petrol is beautifully styled with the right creases and lines shaping the car. The amalgamation of crisp lines and smooth curves give the Polo a much more aggressive look than it has had for a number of years now and the styling is much more symbolic of the iconic Golf.

The front end has the large VW logo emblazoned in the middle of the stylish grille and the wide slanting headlights flank the impressive grille. The rear of the car comes as a bit of a disappointment and seems very plainly designed when compared to the front and side profiles.
The interiors of the Volkswagen Polo are typically what Volkswagen tends to offer, which is a combination of functionality and superior quality. The combination of the two tone interiors really sets of the inside of the car and the dash is also adorned with a good mix of durable quality looking plastic and softer trims. The inside is very ergonomically styled and the buttons and knobs are positioned for ultimate driver comfort.

The interiors have been peppered with numerous storage spaces and slots all the way from the center console to the boot of the car. The front seats are very comfortable and provide sufficient back and leg support to ensure that any drive is comfortable no matter how long. The front cabin is one of the most spacious in its class and six-foot plus drivers will find it absolutely no problem to fit in.
The rear of the car is a bit different to the front in terms of space. The rear could have definitely done with a bit more leg room but then Volkswagen has focused on enlarging the front cabin and for this the rear has had to pay a price. Saying this, the rear seats still offer all the support needed as well as good head room and width. It is relatively easy for three passengers to sit at the back comfortably.
The Volkswagen Polo 1.6 Highline Petrol is the only version of the 1.6 Polo that comes standard with an audio player that supports CD/MP3 player, rear wiper, leather seats, central locking, multi-function display, alloy wheels, fog lights, dual front airbags and ABS.


VEHICLE SUMMARY

Name:
Polo
Model:
Diesel Trendline
Car Body Type:
Hatchback
Segment:
B+ Segment
Warranty:
NA

VERDICT

FOR
Looks
Build quality
Fuel efficient engines
AGAINST
Limited VW outlets
No climate control
No AUX/USB port
No music controls on steering
High price

ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS

Displacement:
1199cc, 3 Cyl
Engine Type:
Diesel
Maximum Power:
75 Bhp
Maximum Torque:
180 Nm @ 2000 rpm

DIMENSIONS

Length:
3970 mm
Width:
1682 mm
Height:
1453 mm

OTHER SPECIFICATIONS

Seating Capacity:
5
Tyre Size:
175/70 R14
Suspension:
NA
Turning Circle:
4.97 mtrs.
Steering:
Power
Brakes:
Front Disk, Rear Drum
Gears:
5 Manual
Ground Clearance:
168.00 mm

Design of Volkswagen New Polo

New Polo has some stunning design details, particularly the headlights and tail lights. The exterior surface got a lot of added attention but underneath well, quite a lot got taken away. No other car in this class has such a mature and high-end image as the New Polo. It may not have the flair of the Grande Punto or the futuristic shape of the Jazz but it looks every bit a Volkswagen with its strong haunches and solid look. The typically Volkswagen grille and stunning headlights only add to the appeal. All in all New Polo looks awesome from almost all angles. The squarish tail lamps may not be very new in design but looks very good and suits the overall stance of Volkswagen Polo. Same is with headlamps which have a black outlining like we have seen in the Ford Fiesta. Volkswagen New Polo is the best in terms of looks and styling in comparison to other B+ segment cars which consists of Skoda Fabia, Honda Jazz, Ford Figo, Hyundai i20, Tata Indica Vista and Maruti Suzuki Ritz. Only Fiat Grande Punto is the car which looks better than the Volkswagen New Polo.


The Polo has a very aggressively chiselled front end, with smart headlamps which really sweep from around the front fenders to merge with the slim grille. The big shiny VW badge sits in the centre of the grille and the two chromed horizontal slats do add a bit of sparkle to the front of the car. Also adding to the sharp looking front is the crisply cut chin and front bumper which houses a pair of neatly styled fog lamps, which are standard on the loaded Highline variant. Interestingly VW decided that the slightly smoked effect headlamps which are available on the Polo worldwide may not go down well with the Indian consumer's psyche and went with a shiny one instead.
The neatly styled tailgate with the sporty spoiler looks good and houses the third-brake light. The diesel powered Polo carries a TDI badge on the rear and that's about the only distinguishing factor between the petrol and diesel engined Polo's. The Polo has a boot that's just a shade over two hundred and eighty litres, but the fenders do intrude into the boot somewhat and rob it of some precious stowage area. The Trendline features a full-fold down rear seat where as the Comfortline and Highline feature a 60:40 split rear seat which may be more practical.




Interiors:
The Polo will be available in three trim levels, namely the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. Common across all the variants is power steering with a tilt and telescopic adjustment, manually adjustable side-view mirrors, HVAC, front power windows (with an Auto down), central locking, body coloured bumpers, tachometer, engine immobilizer, chrome finished door handles on the inside, prismatic rear-view mirror, tinted glasses, height adjustable headrests for the front and rear and a fully folding rear seat (only on the Trendline).

Once you get into the New Polo, there is simply no looking back. You expect the best. So, we’ve put absolute comfort at your disposal. The electronic multi-function display provides information on current and average fuel consumption, range, journey distance, odometer and time. It houses a stereo and radio system that provides exceptional acoustics and keeps all important functions within easy reach. Not to forget the rake and reach adjustable steering wheel and the remote central locking that allows you to remotely operate even the side windows. Right from the high-grade materials to the exquisite workmanship, the New Polo promises an optimal blend of design, comfort and functionality. The interiors are functional and offer a host of pockets to store various knick-knacks. The materials used are neat and the cabin generally offers an overall feel good factor.

The interior of the Polo is a two-tone affair. You've got the top half of the dashboard in a durable (but hard) black plastic, and the bottom is beige and merges seamlessly with the doorpad design. The beige interior does make the car feel far more airy on the inside than a grey one might, but it is going to need constant attention to keep it looking spotless. The chrome finished door release handle adds a slightly upmarket touch to the doorpad area.

If you've been in Skoda's or other VW's before you'll feel right at home in the Polo. There are plenty of familiar looking bits. Some of the stalks, buttons, knobs come from the giant VW Group parts bin, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, since they're all well made and have a certain quality feel about them. The knobs that control the airflow on the air-con vents feel really good to the touch and have a very precise feel to their operation. Little quality bits like this can really go a long way in giving a car a well-made, quality feel.





Volkswagen Polo Exteriors

Volkswagen Polo is a stylish compact hatchback that sports an array of features at its exteriors that makes its overall exterior appearance very appealing. Its aggressive front grille with stylish headlamps and body colored bumpers make the front appearance of Volkswagen Polo a dynamic one. The five door  hatchback comes with body colored door handles and body colored Rear View Mirrors. Some of the other exterior features of Volkswagen Polo include Body Colored Bumpers, Chrome-plated interior trims, Body Colored Door mirrors, Chrome strip in front grille, 14" alloy wheels steel wheels with full wheel covers and 15 inch alloy wheels for only Highline variant.

The headlamp cluster of the Volkswagen Polo is attached to upper grille in a new design; the headlamp integrates front turn indicators. The machine comes with front and rear fog lamps (in Highline variant) integrated in the front bumper. The car has a rear spoiler that houses high level brake light at the middle. Down the rear glass, Volkswagen logo is used for the trunk opener that is located in middle of the rear gate.

Exterior Measurements

Volkswagen Polo is a five seater stylish hatchback model with spacious passenger room. The exterior dimensions of Volkswagen Polo are – its length is 3,790mm, width is 1,682mm, height is 1,453mm, wheelbase is 2,456mm.



Volkswagen Polo Wheels




Volkswagen Polo is available with both steel wheels and light weight alloy wheels. The size of both steel and alloy wheels are 14” and 15” respectively. The Trendline and Comfortline variants have 175/70 R 14 steel wheels while the Highline comes with 180/60 R15 alloy wheels.


Engine, Transmission:
 
The Polo comes with two engine options for now, and both are 75bhp, 3 cylinder, 1.2 litre engines! The petrol is 1198cc with an output of 75bhp @ 5400 rpm and churns out 110Nm of torque @3750 rpm. The diesel is a 1199cc commonrail turbo-diesel which churns out 75bhp @ 4200 rpm and a useful torque figure of 180Nm@ just 2000 rpm. There's also interestingly a 1.6 petrol engine which is listed on the VW website which produces just a shade over 100bhp, but VW state that they won't be launching this anytime soon. That would really make this Polo, truly sporty.

Both the 1.2litre engines are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, which VW says is the same 'box, but because of the different final drive ratios and the way each of these engines produce their power, the car's really do feel quite different when you drive them. VW says that there's going to be no auto-box for a while at least, so it's just the 5-speed manual for now. Incidentally, this new 1.2 diesel engine that we've got here will debut in Europe later this year.

While the other petrol variant of Volkswagen Polo has a 1.6L, 1598cc petrol engine along with 5 speed manual gearbox that produces 105PS of maximum power at 5250rpm with maximum torque of 153Nm at 3750rpm. This engine is more powerful and it delivers better engine performance in comparison to the previous one.



New Polo is available with three engine options:

- New Polo 1.2 Petrol - 1198cc - 75 Bhp Power and 110 Nm Torque
- New Polo 1.2 Diesel - 1199cc - 75 Bhp Power and 180 Nm Torque

Both petrol and diesel models are available in 3 variants each - Trendline, Comfortline and top of the line Highline. Engineers were able to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle 7.5 percent over the previous model. The weight savings translates to a dramatic increase in fuel economy.



Driving Dynamics:
Most European cars are known for their ride and handling and we have always been quite a fan of the way the VW group cars ride and handle. Comfortable through bad patches, surefooted and safe at speed and very neutral and safe at the limit. The Polo is no different from its other siblings and distant cousins, in this respect. The Polo sports struts in the front and a torsion beam with gas dampers at the rear. The suspension setup was slightly tweaked for our road conditions and the ground clearance upped by 50mm and the car now has a ground clearance of 168mm. The car has a slightly stiff ride at low speeds, but the ride at higher speeds is excellent and the car feels thoroughly composed even when caught out by really bad patches or mid-corner bumps. The Polo's suspension really has been tweaked to strike a perfect compromise between firmness and agility. The brakes on the Polo felt progressive and quite meaty with enough grabbing power. The Polo uses discs upfront and drums at the rear and only the Highline trim gets ABS. We'll know just how good they are when we put it to our braking tests in a short while.

The engineers have designed the Polo for the Polo Cup, which really says it all. The kind of stress racing can put on a chassis, has ensured that the Polo's chassis is engineered for so much more than what it will be subjected to. The chassis is absolutely brilliant and even on really twisty patches the tyres on our Polo were giving up well before what this chassis is really capable of. The Polo has electro-mechanical assist for the steering, which weighs up well with increase in speed and has just the right amount of feedback coming through to your fingers on the steering wheel. The one noticeable area that really needs improvement is reducing the tyre noise that filters through at even moderate speeds and this somewhat breaks the calm of the cabin. There is a drone at speed on concrete patches and this is a shame, since no doubt VW, like all other manufacturers would have worked hard on keeping NVH to a minimum.



Safety Features of Volkswagen New Polo

Comfort, quality and safety have all taken a considerable leap forward. Polo was specifically designed to attain the recently established, stricter and more comprehensive, 5-star EuroNCAP rating. The higher structural rigidity of the Polo’s bodyshell contributes to these results. In the footwell area alone, intrusion - related to the car body’s deformation strength in a frontal crash – was lowered by 50 percent! In the case of a side impact, the intrusion value was reduced by 20 percent.
The New Polo is loaded with a wealth of advanced safety equipments, which makes every journey as safe as possible. A comprehensive airbag system for occupant protection, along with an ultra high-strength steel frame, makes for an indigenously structured passenger cell. Add to that, an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) which provides individual wheel braking preferences. It’s all about sitting back and enjoying the drive with the reassurance of security.


Overall Evaluation:
The Polo is really a brilliantly made quality-hatchback with a legendary badge. It has a lot of things going in its favour. Great build quality, a fantastic 6 years Anti Corrosion Warranty, excellent ride and handling package, brilliant chassis dynamics and a badge which really says that you're a cut above the rest. That said, we feel the pricing is a tad high vis-à-vis the features it packs in. At 4.34 - 5.72 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the petrol and 5.32 - 6.70 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), one really wishes that VW would reconsider their pricing for the diesel, which will no doubt see fair numbers. There's also the issue of rear legroom for tall passengers, which is a significant concern, since this is one segment that really wants it all!

Volkswagen Polo Pros & Cons

Volkswagen Polo Pros :
Spacious, Value for Money

High engine performance with excellent acceleration.

Volkswagen Polo Cons :
High Maintenance

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