Volkswagen Polo Hatchback First Look Review

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.

Volkswagen has recently showcased 2018 Polo which will be soon launched in the country. The new Polo hatch gets an intense makeover with a new set of engines. It is based on the new MQB A0 platform which significantly increases its length and breadth. The carmaker has incorporated new design elements including red inserts in the headlamps, 17-inch alloys, rear spoiler, LED tail lamps, redesigned dashboard, instrument cluster and new touchscreen infotainment among other.Check for Volkswagen Polo price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Talking about the current Polo, the exterior profile of the hatch gets design cues from the bigger sibling, the Golf. The car features sharp creases and sporty lines all over and while still retaining the spirit of Polo. The body structure of the Polo is longer and this, in turn, it makes the cabin quite roomier for the passengers. Volkswagen Polo’s sleek design is assisted by the front lean radiator grille that features a thin chrome strip running between the headlamps. The bumper gets fog lamps at the lower side while the bonnet is wide and gets sharp lines on it.

Volkswagen Polo Design

Exterior looks have not changed much, and the family identity is still very much there. At the front, the new honeycomb grille houses the Dual-beam headlamps with cornering lights for illuminating the roads during the night. The company has toned down the usage of chrome in and around the front grille, which makes it look more sporty than before. The all-new front bumper, which compliments the design and houses the fog lamps. The Polo also benefits from slightly tweaked alloys and body-coloured door handles which blends in quite well with the overall design. The design of the tail-lamp cluster remains unchanged. Every change done to the exteriors, as mentioned before, are very slight and will only be noticeable to the practised eye.

Volkswagen Polo Cabin

Talking about the cabin, it’s neither too spacious nor cramped but people looking for rear seat comfort for 3 adult passengers, might get disappointed. The space at the front, however, is better and on par with the rivals in the segment. The two-tone colour theme of the cabin is elegant with the centre console finished in silver that appears pleasant to the eyes. The set of air cons located at the top of the center console is angled towards the driver giving utmost driving comfort. For the feeling of more premiumness, the flat bottom steering with mounted audio controls is wrapped in leather while chrome highlights add to the richness. To know more information on Volkswagen Polo visit Lanetalab

Below the air cons, is the new touchscreen infotainment which let you pair your Android and Apple smartphones for music and telephony. The system also supports MirrorLink which let you mirror your smartphone screen on the display of the infotainment. One can also synchronize music with the option of USB, Aux-In, Bluetooth and SD Card connectivity. Move down further and you will see the climatronic air conditioning system that also has its own dedicated display. There is a large open space below the centre console where you would like to stash your small important belongings and spare items.

The layout of the multi-information instrument though is not comprehensive like rival Baleno but not complex either. It gives essential information including average speed, average fuel consumption and distance to empty readout along with service reminder. Other vital features in the car include auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, one-touch up/down windows, rear wiper/washer, ambient lighting with theatre effect, driver side dead pedal and sunglass holder in the glovebox which can be cooled through air cons inside. Still, the car misses on a lot of equipment including navigation, projector headlamps, reversing camera and keyless entry.

Volkswagen Polo Performance

Volkswagen Polo sources its power from 1.5L diesel and 1.0L petrol engine. The 1.5L 4-cylinder TDI diesel engine which produces 90PS and 230Nm of torque is better than the earlier 3-cylinder engine. The powertrain offers excellent performance and drivability in urban conditions as well as on highways. The 5-speed manual transmission is easy with well-defined gear rations. Power hungry folks can choose the GT TDI model in which the same engine produces 110PS and 250Nm of max torque.

The carmaker has replaced the 1.2L TSI engine with the 1.0L TSI one that makes 75PS and 110Nm of peak torque, paired to 5-speed manual gearbox. Though it’s not as powerful as the competitors, it gives acceptable performance in cities. However, if you choose the GT TSI variant, you will love to drive one of the most performance packed hatchbacks available in the country. The 4-cylinder turbocharged model musters 105PS and 175Nm of torque. And with the 7-speed dual clutch DSG automatic gearbox to assist, the performance is unbeatable in both sifting through cities and zipping through those trucks on highways.

The fuel efficiency figures are fairly impressive in both the diesel and petrol engine powered Polo. Where the 1.5L diesel puts 20.14kmpl in the standard variant, the GTI model reads 19.91kmpl, certified by ARAI. The petrol manual version returns decent 18.78kmpl, the automatic variant delivers respectable 17.21kmpl.

Volkswagen Polo Driving

The Polo is quite a bit of a driver’ 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 manoeuvre 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. The handling of the Polo is very good and surely feels a sporty hatchback to drive.

Volkswagen Polo Safety

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 Price in Hyderabad

Volkswagen Polo On Road Price is 6,29,406/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,39,849/- in Hyderabad. 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 .

Volkswagen Polo Bottomline

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.

Volkswagen Polo is available in 4 different variants such as Trendline, Comfortline, Highline and Highline Plus. The price range of the premium hatch is between Rs. 5.54 lakh and Rs. 9.33 lakh. The base variant Trendline is offered at the price tag of Rs. 5.54 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 7.04 lakh for the diesel trim. Its top-spec model Highline Plus is available at the price tag of Rs. 7.37 lakh and Rs. 8.09 lakh for the petrol and diesel variants respectively. The powerful GT variant is priced at Rs. 9.19 lakh for the petrol trim and Rs. 9.33 lakh for the diesel, ex-showroom, New Delhi.

Polo hatchback is currently pitted against Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Honda Jazz in the premium hatchback segment. Volkwagen Polo has really struggled to make its strong position in the niche despite immense trust of people in Maruti and Hyundai brands. The competition is really getting intense in the segment and the 2018 Volkswagen Polo might change the game for the carmaker.

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