Volkswagen Polo Engine & Test Drive

Volkswagen Polo Overview

Volkswagen has added a limited edition variant to Polo’s line-up christened Polo AllStar priced at Rs 7.51 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Available on the Highline variant, it gets cosmetic upgrades and additional equipment. Additionally, it also comes in a new paint option-Silk Blue colour. Features including 15-inch diamond cut multi-spoke alloy wheels, AllStar badging on the B-pillars, scuff plates adorn exterior. Inside, it arms rear AC vents, adjustable driver side arm-rest, aluminium finished pedals, new upholstery and striping in the centre. Under the skin, it continues to draw power from the 1.2 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel engines from the standard version. View offers on Volkswagen Cars from Volkswagen dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Polo has received a couple of revisions in its itinerary so far, but the most recent facelift involved subtle cosmetic touch ups and a downsized diesel engine displacing 1498cc. Styling has never been a problem with Polo, it has in fact matured with time keeping up with the rivals in the segment. Alterations made to the mechanical build up include a changed suspension enabling a better run on erratic roads. Pricing is on a higher side but with this assortment of features, performance and handling, Polo’s price justifies its worth

Volkswagen Polo Design & Style

Few people would deny that this is one of the most modern looking and stylish hatchbacks in the market. The styling is sporty, but understated and mature at the same time. It’s a balance that none of its rivals have struck so far.With a length of 3,971mm, width of 1,682mm and height of 1,469mm, the Polo is just the right size for an urban hatchback.The Polo’s design is clean with a nearly flat shoulder line, a few chiseled touches along the body panels and gently beefed up wheel archesAt the front, the slim grille has been given touches of silver, while the large VW brand emblem rests at the centre of it. Flanking this on either side, the sharp headlamp clusters add to the aggressive image of the front.

A thin chrome garnish runs across the top of the air dam, adding a subtle premium touch.The bonnet gets two creases down its length to add an aggressive touch. These creases seem to begin where the A-pillars end.Arguably, the Polo is best viewed from the side. The design is lean and the windowline kink creates a swooping effect that leads to the front.We’re happy to note that 15-inch ‘Estrada’ alloy wheels have been well-designed and you won’t feel the need to change them.The Polo looks rather cute at the rear thanks to the square tail lights. The Germans have been obsessive in their need for cleanliness in design and apart from the minimalist badging, the VW logo itself has been utilized to double up as a lever for the tailgate.

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

Volkswagen is betting big on downsizing the world over and the Polo GT TSI uses one of those engines which are part of this strategy. The 1.2-litre TSI mill is insanely awesome and needs little introduction, we had a gala of a time with our long term Vento TSI. The turbocharged mill thrusts out 105 PS at 5000 RPM and 175 Nm between 1500-4100 RPM, with those kind of torque numbers, the GT TSI puts even bigger petrol engines to shame. Start the engine and you will be spellbound by the NVH or rather the lack of it. The powerplant is so refined, there is absolutely nothing to be heard. In spite of that, the motor is very quick to make progress, it has a fantastic punch in all parts of the powerband – low, mid and top although top-end rush could have been better.

Driving the car in the city is a relaxing ordeal, the motor is quick to respond when you need it and the 7-speed DSG automatic transmission works its magic to keep the vehicle in the right cog at all times. When driven sedately, there is no hint of the forced induced beast which powers the Polo GT but give it the beans and the world transforms. The GT TSI takes off with urgency and hits triple digit speeds in a jiffy. While VW claims a 0-100 km/hr time of 9.7 seconds, the best we could record on our VBOX was 10.09 seconds, putting the GT TSI on par with the GT TDI in terms of outright acceleration. The problem with the GT is that the gearbox won’t let it rev more than 1200 RPM at standstill. Thus when you launch the car, there is some bit of lag which robs crucial milli seconds from the 0-100 km/hr time.

As the above table shows, the GT TSI is faster at the top-end thanks to it having a good punch near the redline which comes in quite early at just under 6000 RPM. Although the tachometer shows redline at 6500 RPM, the GT seldom crosses the 6000 RPM mark with only first gear seeing the motor rev till 6200 RPM. There are three driving modes, D for drive, S for Sports and tiptronic function which let’s you shift gears on your own (there are no paddles!). In D mode the gearbox takes it easy, shifting early and as per throttle inputs, on full throttle it swaps gears at around 5500 RPM while in S mode the motor pulls to around 6000 RPM. In manual mode the gearbox remains in the lowest gear and won’t upshift till redline but if you don’t give full throttle, it won’t downshift. Gears will automatically change in manual mode if you fail to do so.

The 7-speed DSG unit offers slick shifts and shows the urgency you would want from a performance car. The Turbocharged Stratified Injection is itself fast revving and becomes audible post 3000 RPM, creating an addictive note post 4500 RPM. 100 km/hr comes up in third gear and you can comfortably cruise in top gear at 100 km/hr with the tachometer ticking in at just 2100 RPM. The vehicle pulls very quickly to 140 km/hr (it does 150 km/hr in fourth gear) and post that progress is a bit tamed although given the road, the GT TSI will easily top out at 190 km/hr. When you turn on the car, the cluster reminds you to put your foot on the brake to engage gear, in spite of that one can change between N, D and tiptronic without touching the button on the lever. With our heavy foot and redlining day and night, the GT TSI returned a respectable mileage of 9 km/l. Driven sedately, this car will easily give double digit numbers.

Volkswagen Polo Driving Dynamics

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 & Security

European car manufacturers never skimp on safety, and this is more than evident in the Polo, which now comes with dual front airbags as standard. The braking system comprising of ventilated discs up front and drum in rear wark fairly effectively, and the Comfortline and Highline versions also get an Antilock Braking System (ABS). 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. To protect your precious investment, every Polo comes with an engine immobilizer and alarm with floating codes to make thefts difficult.

Volkswagen Polo Price in Chennai

Volkswagen Polo Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 5,40,339/- (Polo 1.2 Trendline Petrol) to 8,83,820/- (Polo 1.5 AllStar Limited Edition). Get best offers for Volkswagen Polo from Volkswagen Dealers in Chennai. Check for Polo price in Chennai at Carzprice

Volkswagen Polo Conclusion

The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI has always been a hot favourite for most of us and the updated model isn’t any different. While the cosmetic tweaks do make this vehicle more appealing, mechanically nothing has changed so the performance and dynamics continue to be the major pulling points to this vehicle. The Polo GT TSI is like Jekyll and Hyde, supremely comfortably to drive in the city, offering the convenience of an automatic and the pace to close gaps quickly while out on open roads, it simply transforms into a beast, giving you an insane adrenaline rush. All this makes it by far the best performance hatchback to buy for those who love driving.

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