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  • November 14, 2019

Volkswagen Polo Facelift Review & Test Drive

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Volkswagen Polo Overview

The Polo’s clean lines have aged very gracefully and the cabin doesn’t look dated, either. Quality is top-notch and the Polo’s strong build gives a feeling of security that you don’t get in most small cars. That said, the Polo’s cabin feels small and space at the back is very limited.The Polo’s new 76hp, 1.0-litre petrol engine is quiet and refined for the most part but offers mediocre performance. The 90hp, 1.5-litre diesel does have a bit of low-speed lag but also offers strong punch in its comfort zone. You get even more performance from the 110hp version of the same engine on the GT TDI. The GT TSI brings together a pleasant 105hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The result is a sporty hatchback. All Polos drive with confidence and even though their suspensions are on the firmer side, ride quality is good.

Volkswagen Polo Exterior & Style

Volkswagen gave me the new Polo in its signature orange shade and while that colour is similar to the communication colour used on the Indian Polo, there is a visual difference in the quality of the paintwork and its metallic glaze. Of course, such colours stand out and look better in the European weather, but the difference is quality is evident. That holds true for the fit and finish too – all panel gaps are consistent and the plastics are well integrated. The design of the new Volkswagen Polo is evolutionary, looks like a miniaturised Golf in its traditional manner, but presents a slightly bigger silhouette than the model it replaces. I particularly like the new double-barrel headlights and the chiseled lines, which reduce the visual bulk of the new Polo. The wheelbase is up by a big 92mm, which gives the new Polo an even lowered stance than before.Check for Volkswagen Polo price in Ahmedabad at Autozhop.

The immediate advantage of that is the improved cabin space. You can now ferry two grown ups in comfort in the back seats and a marginal gain in boot space (now 351l) means that four backpacks can sit in similar comfort too.

Volkswagen Polo Interior & Space

Polo interior comes with solid build quality with a number of features. The driver gets cruise control, front arm-rest, electrically adjustable and foldable rearview mirrors and the seat is height-adjustable for extended comfort and convenience. The steering wheel has been given a flat bottom for a more engaging drive. The dual-tone dashboard is also premium looking along with the all-new centre console. There are silver-coloured elements all around which help liven up the interior. The instrument cluster consists of tachometer, speedometer, odometer and trip meter. The centre multi-function display comes with a monochrome display which is much more soothing to the eyes.

The infotainment system comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. The touchscreen infotainment now also offers voice commands via the button on the multi-function steering wheel and Volkswagen Connect application. This connectivity suite helps with driver behaviour, location sharing, monitoring of fuel cost, trip tracking and statistic tracking. The Polo has tons of space inside for the front cup holders, bottle holders and sunglass holder. The centre console also has a 12V power socket to charge your Smartphone and a parcel tray to keep your stuff.

Volkswagen Polo Engine & Gearbox

My test car got its motivation from a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel that churns out 95PS of power. On startup, the engine felt quite muted for a diesel, but as the revs climbed it filled the cabin with its thrum. It emits a fair bit of noise and we have driven more refined mills – like the Hyundai Verna 1.6D for example. The engine in the Polo evoked memories of the first iteration of the GT TDI sold to us – both, in terms of its refinement (or the lack of it) and its instant shove. The car was quick off the line at every traffic light, could putter around the moderately crowded streets of Frankfurt in third gear for most of the commute and effortless reached speeds of over 160kmph out on the autobahn. The 5-speed manual transmission has rubbery shifts and a springy clutch pedal in typical VW fashion, but the transmission shock is gone. The power delivery is quite linear for a turbocharged motor and turbolag was minimal too. The drivetrain certainly seems have matured now.

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. To know more details on Volkswagen Polo check Kmindia

Volkswagen Polo Ride & Handling

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 & Security

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.Check car loan for Volkswagen Polo at Fincarz.

Volkswagen Polo Price in Ahmedabad

Volkswagen Polo On Road Price is 5,93,396/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,40,333/- in Ahmedabad. 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 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.


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