Volkswagen Polo Diesel Trendline Review
Best Premium Hatchback in its SegmentWednesday, June 5, 2013
In the previous years, the hatchback segment cars made a high impact on Indian Car market as they are small in size and easy to drive in crowded Indian cities and from Maruti Suzuki Swift, Ritz, Hyundai i20 to Ford Figo and Fiat Punto, everyone became successful in India. Volkswagen Polo, a car that proved itself in world market, from German makers Volkswagen, was launched as its fifth generation in India. Volkswagen Polo is simple yet stylish, is one of a kind in its segment and has a long bonnet with sharp and pointed headlights and wider front windshield and bumper. It has angular fog lights that zoom out of bumper and bigger wheels with R14/R15 sized alloys. It has a roof antenna at the back with a sporty look and body colored side mirrors and door handles.
Volkswagen also made some up-gradations in Polo like multifunctional steering wheel, smoked headlamps, freshly designed alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, leather covered handbrake and speed sensing auto volume in music system. It has a dual tone interior and high quality fabrics with smooth power windows and AC buttons. It has a three spoke steering wheel and has blue lighted instrument cluster with multi information display, tachometer, light alarm for open door and trip meter. It comes with height adjustable front seats, power steering, remote transmitter controlled central locking, manually adjustable side mirrors, powerful AC and all four power windows with a slightly less space for rear passenger's knees. The top variant also includes front and rear fog lights with rear wiper and washer, ABS, dual SRS Airbags, immobilizer and leather interiors.
It has a low spaced dashboard and a sophisticated central console but has a large glove box and has a enormous storage capacity in the back due to its 294 litres boot capacity. It comes with a built-in music system including radio, MP3 and CD with four large speakers while the top variant also includes USB support and AUX port and rear parking sensors along with base model features. Firstly, its three cylinder 1.2L petrol engine gives a maximum power of 75 bhp at 5400 rpm and maximum torque of 110 Nm at 3750 rpm and goes 0-100kmph in under 15 seconds. Its four cylinder 1.6L petrol engine which was discontinued recently provided a maximum power of 105 bhp at 5250 rpm and maximum torque of 153 Nm at 3750 rpm, fastest in its segment touching 0-100kmph within 11 seconds. Its three cylinder diesel engine draws out a maximum power of 75 bhp at 4200 rpm and maximum torque of 180 Nm at 2000 rpm and provides 0-100kmph in less than 17 seconds and also produces some noise at high speed.
The diesel engine gives a mileage of 15-17kmpl while 1.2L engine provides around 11-13kmpl. Polo comes in six variants which are 1.2 Petrol Trendline, 1.2 Petrol Comfortline, 1.2 Petrol Highline, 1.2 Diesel Trendline, 1.2 Diesel Comfortline and 1.2 Diesel Highline. The company recently launched Polo GT 1.2 TSi, which is powered by a 1198cc, 3 Cylinder, 1.2 TSi engine, it generates maximum power of 105 bhp with maximum torque of 175 nm. It also provides a lot of shades such as Flash Red and Candy White in Trendline and Silver, Shadow Blue, Pepper Grey, Deep Black and Glacier Blue in Comfortline and Highline. Volkswagen Polo has front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. It has a minimum turning radius of 4.97m, ground clearance of 168mm and wheelbase of 2456mm making it suitable for Indian roads, in over-crowded streets and for tight cornering with precise handling. Overall, Polo attracts a lot of youth due to its stylish and macho looks and quality but has a large gap in prices of its all three variants that gives its competitors opportunity to fit in those gaps. It has a long way to go to prove its worth in Indian car market.