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Volkswagen Polo Facelift Review & Test Drive

Volkswagen Polo Overview

The new version of the Polo has been tweaked with some minor updates, specifically to the interiors. On the outside, it remains largely unchanged. It’s clear that buyers loved the car’s styling, as over the years, its design has remained largely unchanged. The interiors come with the same, fresh styling that features a dual-tone colour scheme, fabric upholstered seats and a silver centre console. The Polo is available with two petrol and one diesel engine with the latter being offered in two states of tune. View offers on Volkswagen Cars from Volkswagen dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Volkswagen Polo Style

To begin with, we start with the revised exteriors of the facelift version. The new Volkswagen Polo has added multiple minor changes on both the sides- the front and the back. In the front it gets a new pair of double beam headlight for a better vision. It also gets all new fog lights, which are bigger than the outgoing one. The design of the Volkswagen Polo is all about simplicity. The Volkswagen Polo looks stylish and appealing in its design. This makes it stay fresh in design for colours. Added on with it, the shiny and glossy colours that stands out.

Volkswagen Polo Space

Step inside and everything seems familiar here too with some kit which will call for applause like cruise control and rear AC vents while the car continues to lack essentials like keyless entry, push button start and even a reverse parking camera, it does get a nice touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and there are reverse parking sensors too. The car gets artificial leather seats and the piano black finishing in the centre console looks good too. However, space continues to be lacking at the rear (no legroom, big centre hump and no centre headrest) and although there are plenty of storage bins here (including one inside the front centre armrest), the cluster feels too dated now.

Volkswagen Polo Engine

Diesel:

The diesel engine is a 1.5-litre unit that plates up 90PS of power and 230Nm of torque. The motor offers great performance and driveability in the city and on the highway. More importantly, it’s better than the old 3-cylinder that originally powered the Polo. The 5-speed manual gearbox is easy to use with well defined gear gates and if you want a little more performance, the same engine is available in a higher state of tune (105PS/250Nm) in the Polo GT TDI.

Petrol:

While the diesel is good in both states of tune, the petrol is a tale of two extremes. The 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder MPI engine offers acceptable performance for city usage, but isn’t engaging on the highway and lacks refinement. With 75PS of power and 110Nm of torque available, it’s not as powerful as many of its rivals. The GT TSI, however, is one of the most popular performance hatchbacks in India. The turbocharged 4-cylinder mill produces 105PS of power and 175Nm of torque, and while the standard Polo petrol gets a 5-speed manual gearbox, the GT TSI gets a 7-speed dual clutch autobox that offers slick shifts and rapid progress. It helps in keeping a relaxed left-foot when you’re stuck in city traffic and enables quick downshifts when you’re zipping through truckers on those weekend trips.

Volkswagen Polo Driving

It is just a joy to drive the Volkswagen Polo on freeways, or highways where overtaking was a cakewalk for this hatchback. Taking sharp turns or driving on a tight-bend always remained a top priority for Volkswagen and it still retained its character as there is no change in its underpinnings. The handling and ride quality of the Volkswagen Polo also impressed me as it offers a lot of grip on the road, it feels the car is hugging the road and will never go off track. The only flaw I found while driving was the clutch travel, which was way too extra. This took a bit more effort to drive it in the city traffic. The clutch travel made first and second gearshifts jerky. In short the ride quality at high speed just stands out of the box but at the time when it comes to low speed drives it sucks all your effort to keep the drive smooth and not jerky, thus improving the clutch travel should a top priority for Volkswagen to keep the diesel buyers happy. But the overall experience was thorough.

Volkswagen Polo Safety

The Polo gets dual airbags as standard with ABS offered from the mid-range model onwards. Volkswagen has built this hatchback well and you also get the small, but significant safety features like anti-pinch power windows and the aforementioned auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror.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.

Volkswagen Polo Cost in Hyderabad

Volkswagen Polo Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,40,790/- (Polo 1.2 Trendline Petrol) to 8,83,354/- (Polo 1.5 AllStar Limited Edition). Get best offers for Volkswagen Polo from Volkswagen Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Polo price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Volkswagen Polo Conclusion

The Volkswagen Group is known to make the best engines in the world, right from that W16 in the Veyron and Chiron to the ones that power Bentleys, Audis and Lamborghinis. This makes me wonder why can’t VW make a decent small capacity NA engine to compete with Maruti Suzuki’s brilliant K12 unit. Not only does the new MPI engine lack excitement, it doesn’t have the performance to match any of its rivals and when the price actually turns out to be more (the Swift costs lesser), you realise if you want to buy a petrol Polo, you are better off spending Rs. 2 lakhs more for the GT TSI.