Volkswagen Polo Facelift Overview & First Drive

Volkswagen Polo Overview

Volkswagen Polo was launched in the Indian market back in the year 2010. The Polo marks as the Volkswagen’s first offering in the premium hatch segment in the subcontinent. It holds a significant place in the German carmaker’s Indian portfolio and constitutes a fair pie of share in the segment. It’s the bread and butter model of the brand with wonderful built quality and unmatchable fit and finish levels. Since its launch, the car manufacturer has managed to provide timely updates to the vehicles’ looks, interiors, and engines. Book a  test drive for Volkswagen Polo .

Volkswagen Polo Design & Style

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.

Volkswagen Polo Cabin & Comfort

The interiors have become plush in this new Volkswagen Polo. From the new glossy finished steering wheel with mounted controls, additional entertainment features to the seat fabrics, all have contributed to make the passenger feel richer and premium once inside the car cabin. The new features in the Volkswagen Polo include the Bluetooth synchronization with the mobile phone, information display with more details, reverse-parking sensors. The two-tone dashboard really looks bold and smart. The button quality and also the seat fabrics have become better than before. The beige fabric seats get dirty very easily and the only solution for that is to use seat covers.

The base model of the Volkswagen Polo is the Trendline that comes with 14-inch steel wheels, dual airbags, air-conditioning, gear-shift indicator, steering wheel, electronic power steering and front power windows. The Comfortline trim is the mid-level variant gets 15-inch alloy wheels, all four power windows, front fog lamps, ABS, anti-pinch windows, rear defogger and windshield wiper, multi-function display and rear parking sensor. The Highline gets all the features as mentioned above.The backseat comfort of the Volkswagen Polo was not the best, as it lacked knee-room even for a not-so-tall person, forget about six footers. Since the ride quality was stiff one could feel the bumps at the back. So the Volkswagen Polo always remained a car for two adults and two kids and still remains the same. The boot is sufficient to carry a couple of mid-size suitcases.

Volkswagen Polo Engine & Gearbox

As evident, Polo is being offered with petrol as well as diesel guise. However, the petrol avatar remains unchanged but the big change comes in the diesel engine powered variants. If talking about the petrol motor, the hatchback retains the 1.2-litre multi-point fuel injection engine, which did duty in the previous model. This 3-cylinder Inline, 1198 cc, mill develops a top power of 73.7 bhp at 5400 rpm and a peak torque of 110Nm at 3750 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 now powered by an all-new 1.5-litre TDi engine instead of the old 1.2-litre motor. For Volkswagen Polo check

The company has basically revised its existing 1600 cc motor into a 1498 cc engine in order to fit the bill and enjoy the reduction in excise duty. This means Polo fans can now drive a much powerful hatchback as it delivers a maximum power output of 88.5 bhp at 4200 rpm and a peak torque of 230Nm at 2500-3500 rpm. Sadly, there are no automatic variants on offer in each of the fuel trims and like its petrol avatar, the Polo sticks to its conventional 5-speed manual transmission in the diesel version.

In the Indian car buying market, mileage is sometimes the single most important factor influencing decisions. Fortuitously, Volkswagen has fared decently in this compartment, at least with Polo. The Volkswagen Polo returns a mileage of 16.47kmpl and 20.14kmpl with petrol and diesel variants, respectively. Although, the numbers aren’t that great in both the guises, if compared with the newer entrants like Celerio (petrol) & Grand i10 (diesel) but the power and performance is at par with them.

Volkswagen Polo Ride & Handling

The Polo always boasted a good suspension set-up and the new one isn’t any different. It smothers undulations with ease and goes over the most illegally made speed breakers quite easily. Sharp bumps and abnormal concrete joints do filter in though. While the European Polo will definitely be riding a lot stiffer, for the Indian Polo, understandably, the suspension set-up has been tuned with comfort in mind.Throw it around and you are greeted with understeer and some controlled body-roll. The 185 section Apollo’s fight hard to keep traction in check and do a reasonably good job while at it. Braking is strong too and the ABS kicks in almost the moment you start going hard on the pedal. Even the in the pouring rains going hard on the brakes posed no problem with the Polo maintaining its poise all throughout.

Volkswagen Polo Safety & Security

The overall braking action is confidence inspiring. The braking system lets you control the amount of braking you want whether you are driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic, entering tight corners or shedding speed. In terms of safety, the automaker has built the hatchback with high strength steel frame and the seats are also nestled comfortably.

Polo comes equipped with standard dual front airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), front and rear height adjustable head restraints, electronic engine immobilizer with floating code, 3-point front seat belts, central locking, emergency exit and rear fog lamps. The higher variants are also loaded with auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror, front fog lamps, speed sensing auto-door locks, rear defoggers, rear parking sensors and anti-pinch front and rear power windows

Volkswagen Polo Cost in Bangalore

Volkswagen Polo On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 6,51,787 to 10,61,866 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 Bangalore. Check for Polo price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Volkswagen Polo Final Thought

The Polo has finally got the engine it always deserved, and not to mention plenty of features as well. Its not perfect and has its share of flaws like the very average legroom at the rear, the poor headlight throw and the stain attracting seats, but then it has more things going for it like the brilliant styling, solid build quality, plenty of features and a good balance of performance and economy. The prices for the new Polo 1.5 TDI starts from Rs. 6.27 lakh for the Trendline variant to Rs. 7.37 lakh (ex-showroomDelhi) for the Highline which makes prices similar to the outgoing car and finally adding a lot more value to the car. The Polo was already a good car to begin with and now with a better engine and all the features you need, it is finally the car it should always have been.

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