Volkswagen Polo Facelift Review & Test Drive

Volkswagen Polo Test Drive in Chennai

Volkswagen Polo Overview

The Germany based auto-giant has rolled out the refurbished Polo with a few substantial changes both inside and outside. The Polo has always been regarded as a smartly styled vehicle, owing to its European looks and solid build quality. As known, the company offers this hatchback in both petrol as well as diesel guises. Both the fuel trims have three similar variants – Trendline, Comfortline and Highline followed by the performance-oriented GT variants in petrol and diesel trims, respectively. Prices too have been revised, keeping existing market sentiments in mind. The exteriors have not undergone any major changes, Volkswagen has simply updated the looks of the grille and the headlamps for the facelift.

Volkswagen Polo Exterior & Style

This seems to be an ageless design. Much like how the Beetle has been for Volkswagen. The updated Volkswagen Polo’s bumpers have been made pedestrian protection compliant according to the new safety norms. The headlights have new internals, the honeycombe grille looks upmarket while the alloy wheels are refreshed too. The black mirror caps look good; a nice contrast to the red colour that our test car had. New side skirts too are part of the deal. Volkswagen has also added LED elements for the tail lights and this black spoiler that you see is exclusive to the GT Line.

Volkswagen Polo Interior & Space

Inside, things vastly remain the same. A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports both Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay is present. Moreover, the glovebox is cooled as well and the inner rear view mirror is an auto dimming unit. There are decent storage spaces in the cabin too. However, the seats do leave some room for improvement as they are a tad thin and long journeys in the Polo might not be comfortable for people with a large body frame. Similarly the space at the rear is also a bit tight for three as well as taller passengers and the boot space is also down from what the competition offers.View offers on Volkswagen Polo in Bangalore at Autozhop.

Volkswagen Polo Engine & Gearbox

As evident, Polo specifications include diesel and petrol engine. This 3-cylinder Inline, 999cc, mill develops top power of 76PS at 6200 rpm and a peak torque of 95Nm at 3000-4300 rpm. It is coupled to a traditional 5-speed manual gearbox in order to maximize performance and fuel efficiency. On the other hand, the diesel variants are powered by 1.5-litre TDI engine as it delivers a maximum power output of 90PS at 4200 rpm and a peak torque of 230 at 1500-2500 rpm. The diesel engine is also mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

There is also a 1.2L TSI and a higher spec 1.5L TDI engine available with the GT Line trim. This is made for the enthusiasts as this engine produces more power and torque and is more eager to rev. The engine produces 105PS at 5000 rpm with 175Nm at 1500-4100 rpm. It is coupled to a 7-speed DSG. The diesel engine produces 110PS at 4400 rpm with 250Nm at 1500-2500 rpm. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

According to Volkswagen, the Polo mileage will be around 18.78 kmpl for the petrol variant and 20.14 kmpl for the diesel variant. The GT Line petrol variant returns a mileage of 17.21 kmpl as per ARAI and the diesel returns around 19.91kmpl as per ARAI.

Volkswagen Polo Ride & Handling

The ride is tuned to be on the stiffer side. At city speeds, the suspension absorbs road irregularities nicely, even with five people on board. As the speeds rise, the Polo’s suspension becomes a tad noisier. The steering is decently light but we wish the surface had better grooves because more often than not, your hands tend to slip at low speed. This is more when you try one-hand 10kmph manuevers. To know more details on Volkswagen Polo visit Changeonslapac

Nothing that a steering cover cannot solve. What you will absolutely love is the handling. High or low speeds, the Polo will plant a metre wide grin on your face. It’s nimble dimensions mean that placing it is easy in tight spots. On the same note, Volkswagen doesn’t offer a rear view camera as standard with the GT line. Further, the stylish mirrors are small and hence vision, especially out of the left one leaves a lot to be desired. Even the rear windscreen is a bit small for taller drivers.

Volkswagen Polo Braking & Safety

European car manufacturers never skimp on safety, and this is more than evident in the Polo, which now comes with dual front airbags and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as standard. The braking system comprising of ventilated discs up front and drum in rear wark fairly effectively. 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. Moreover, there are rear parking sensors and speed alert system too.

Volkswagen Polo Price in Bangalore

Volkswagen Polo On Road Price is 6,51,787/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,39,847/- in Bangalore. Volkswagen Polo comes in 5 colours, namely Flash Red,Reflex Silver,Copper Orange,Carbon Steel,Candy White. Volkswagen Polo comes with FWD with 1198 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 74 bhp@5400 rpm and Peak Torque 110 Nm@3750 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 10.5 seconds . Volkswagen Polo comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Apply car loan for Volkswagen Polo at Fincarz.

Volkswagen Polo Verdict

Well, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration if it is termed a very capable hatchback for India in this price segment. With the best interior quality, powerful engine and aggressive pricing, it is a sheer delight to bring home.At an ex-showroom price of Rs 9.9 lakh, the Polo GT TDI doesn’t offer the best value for money considering that modern rivals like the Elite i20 or Baleno offer far more for less. Age is catching up with this car and from what we hear, VW is planning an all-new Polo specifically for the emerging markets like ours, based on the MQB AO-IN platform. This should be out sometime next year.

Coming to the present Polo diesel, it is a nice car to drive and the ownership experience has been enhanced with a five year warranty as well as three free services and a lot of other value adds. Dealers too are throwing in discounts as well as festive season offers of up to Rs 1 lakh. If you want an enjoyable car to drive in this segment, the current-generation Volkswagen Polo it is.

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