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Introduce

The Polo is one of the most unfortunate victims of Indian regulations because despite its build quality, excellent performance and contemporary European styling, the anorexic engine is a failure. . It ended up being an option in the premium hatchback segment rather than being an obvious choice. This is exactly what Volkswagen wanted lớn change and worked hard lớn eliminate all the car’s irregularities with the upgraded Polo.

The Polo now has a new heart and that is the highlight of the new car that has changed the way it drives. This new engine replaces the 1.5 liter and is an older version of the 1.6 liter engine found in the old Vento and Polo GT TDI. There are some subtle changes lớn the exterior and interior. So, is the Polo now good enough lớn be a best-seller in the premium hatchback segment?

External design

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. While the emphasis is on playing it safe, it seems that VW played it too safe. The facelifted Polo features subtle modifications lớn the front with new bumpers, twin headlights and static angled projector lamps flanked by the fog lights. First, the static cornering lights operating up lớn 40kmph are a segment. The three-slat front grille has two black slats and one chrome bar at the bottom, and the chin has a longer chrome bar that runs through the grille that ends at the bottom of the fog lights. We appreciate this minimal yet clever use of chrome compared lớn the Punto Evo’s front-end styling. The same goes for the side of the car and the only difference that one can notice is the new 10-spoke alloy wheels that look very luxurious. The rear looks similar, but the bumper is new and has a new bottom half with integrated reflectors on the sides. The layout of the taillights is the same, but it’s more angular from the inside and looks clearer. VW has introduced a new color ‘copper orange’, which is not as impressive as the flash red that the pre-upgrade model wore. Polo is a common sight on our roads and despite the fact it still captures our attention with its flash of red, which is something this new shade just can’t manage. . We’re not complaining, but we’ll love the metallic red color featured on the European model. Flash red is still available, and the new color has up lớn six colors on the palette lớn choose from.

I’ve always liked Polo’s elegant, sophisticated European design; The innovation just makes it look better. The Polo now looks much sharper from the front and although the rear hasn’t changed much, its tension is obvious.

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Step inside and lớn someone who’s already model oriented outwardly, it all looks very familiar. The panel layout is the same, but the non-reflective beige and black two-tone combination is new. The new desert beige upholstery is bright and spiced up the interior. The Golf-style flat-bottomed three-spoke steering wheel looks like an expensive car and feels great in the hand. The steering wheel is integrated with buttons lớn control the audio system and multi-information display. The MID controls on the steering wheel allow you lớn keep your hands on it at all times since it was previously located on the column body and the button is difficult lớn use. The instrument cluster remains the same two large clock faces with the speedometer on the left and the speedometer on the right. In between the lurking changes – the multi-information display has an easy-to-read white font and a new function that shows a top speed of 250kmph, which we found a bit showy. The center console and steering wheel are surrounded by aluminum adding lớn the premium look. Every detail inside the Polo you touch exudes quality, when it comes lớn the inner fit, finish and quality of the Polo there. Everything seems lớn be put together well and the interior is best in class.

The built-in audio system is compatible with USB, AUX-in, SD cards, can pair with Bluetooth devices and play your CDs. The sound quality is decent and one will not be disappointed with this system. It can perform voice commands and call quality with the phone paired with the audio system is good.

The height-adjustable front driver’s seat and telescopic steering wheel make it easy lớn find your ideal driving position. The seats are supportive and comfortable during long drives. We talked about the lack of adequate lumbar support in the outgoing model which appears lớn have been fixed, but it could have been better. The back seat is still a weak point of the Polo. It hasn’t changed a bit, the new spec sheet says that the Polo has a wheelbase about 13mm longer, giving legroom a small improvement complemented by the spaciously designed front seats. Sitting three people close together is a task and headroom isn’t the best in its class, compared lớn the Swift, the Swift has a taller rear seat and feels a bit more comfortable than the Polo. The Polo boasts the largest starting capacity in the segment with 294 liters, followed by the Hyundai Elite i20 with 280 liters.

While VW offers auto-up/down on all four windows, we were disappointed by the lack of auto-retract for the ORVMs. They don’t treat Indian customers differently as this feature is not available on European cars either.

Engine performance

The new 1.5-liter TDI is a new version of the 1.6-liter TDI that will be used in the upcoming GT TDI and Vento, but in a different state. This engine uses a Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) and produces an impressive 89bhp of peak power at 4200rpm and 230Nm of peak torque between 1500-2500rpm. Power output has been increased by 15bhp and the torque figure shows a 50Nm jump over the upcoming car.

Crank it and the differences are immediately apparent, the màn chơi of fine tuning is better, vibrations are well-restrained and the old car’s gruff notes are gone. While it’s still not one of the quietest compact diesel cars around, Swift’s MultiJet engine is more refined, but the Polo’s better insulation keeps you focused on the music. or conversation with its passengers. When on the go, the VGT gives the engine a lot of flexibility, with usable torque coming out as low as 1400rpm and uncrackable power all the way up lớn 4000rpm. The engine continues lớn spin all the way up lớn the high 5400 rpm red line. However, beyond the 4000 rpm mark, there is no noise and the power-to-noise ratio leans towards the rear.

Performance is as good as it gets, the engine is fun in traffic or at high speeds on the highway. It is eager for feedback and its performance is easy. It feels very fun and we wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out lớn be the fastest car at that price point. What adds lớn the fun of using all this power is the smooth transmission, one of the best around; it aligns precisely and is a joy lớn use. Shifting is instant for power and navigating around city traffic is easy, however the heavy clutch takes some getting used lớn. On the highway, the engine is powerful, with the ability lớn overtake with just a light flick of the big pedal. Running along the highway at 100 km/h, the tachometer remains below 2500 rpm. The new car’s claimed fuel economy figure is 20.14kmpl (ARAI) compared lớn the managed old car’s 22kmpl (ARAI). Our test car said about 14.6kmpl onscreen and was always very difficult lớn drive; with some reasonable use of the gas pedal, the number will increase. Competitors like the Swift for comparison are 22.9kmpl (ARAI) but we believe its torque figure more than makes up for lost kpl.

Ride & Handling

In an attempt lớn achieve a better ride, VW has reworked the suspension and made it a bit softer. The Polo now drives better at low speeds and doesn’t go through potholes like the old model. With every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, while the ride gets better, some of its handling skills are lost. It still goes around corners very well, but feels skidding at the limit without being intimidating. Make no mistake, though, that the Polo hasn’t lost its handling properties. Mid-corner bumps and cornering undulations are done clearly without complaint. The Swift and Punto Evo are the best riders in their class, but the Polo remains the obvious choice for enthusiasts. Tire sizes are just right and the Polo isn’t too old, but stock Apollo Acceleres isn’t the stickiest rubber and owners who feel it lacks grip should tăng cấp.

The car remains cool at high speeds, and although the thiết đặt is a bit softer, the damping at high speeds isn’t bad. The overall quality of the ride has improved and the Polo will get us through our broken roads. It performs extremely well in this department, and the ride is one of the best in the segment.

The speed-sensitive electric power steering feels a bit heavier than before, but at high speeds it adds more weight (pun intended). The Polo still feels good when going through bends and doing well in the city. It manages lớn be the clear winner in the driving and handling department, finishing ahead of the Swift and Punto Evo.

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The lack of performance is the Polo’s Achilles heel, and Volkswagen has addressed it with a new 1.5-liter TDI engine. The new engine feels very good; It is very eager and is at home in the city and on the highway. It’s no surprise that the car’s claimed fuel economy figure is 2 km/l lower, but that’s a small trade-off for the performance it delivers.

How much did you get one for? Polo starts at Rs 4.99 lakh and goes up lớn Rs 7.39 lakh (at the showroom in Delhi). At this price, it is more expensive than the Swift and Punto Evo, but the most expensive card belongs lớn the Hyundai Elite i20 at Rs 7.66 lakh. You can’t call any of these cars value for money when you have sedans and crossovers at this price point. However, what these cars have in common is that they are intended for buyers who want sedan-like comfort and performance, minus the boot.

The updated Polo has everything it takes lớn be the leader of the segment; it has a good interior, a powerful engine with best-in-class torque figures and a good ride and handling package. The top-spec Hyundai Elite i20 is around Rs 27,000 cheaper than the Polo, and despite the six-speed gearbox and nice engine, it’s nothing lớn do with driving. While the Elite i20 has a bit more features, it lacks the soul of a driver’s car. This is where the Polo looks lớn be worth the money and is the best drivable hatchback one can buy at this price point.

By contrast, launching a good car is only half the game and VW needs lớn back it up with good service. This is one of the areas where VW needs lớn improve as competitors such as Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai are at the forefront of after-sales service.

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Introduction
The Polo has been one of the most unfortunate victims of the Indian regulations because despite the build quality, great handling and contemporary European styling, the anorexic engines were a downer. It ended being an option in the premium hatchback segment instead of being an obvious choice. This is exactly what Volkswagen aims lớn change and has worked hard lớn iron out all the irregularities of the car with the facelifted Polo.
The Polo now gets a new heart and it is the highlight of the new car that has transformed the way it drives. This new engine displaces 1.5-litres and is a re-bored version of the 1.6-litre engine found in the Vento and the old Polo GT TDI. There are some subtle changes lớn the exterior and interior as well. So, is the Polo now good enough lớn become the best-seller in the premium hatchback segment? Exterior & Design
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. While the emphasis seems lớn have been more on playing safe, it seems like VW has played it too safe. The facelifted Polo gets subtle revisions lớn the front with a new bumper, double-barrel headlights and static cornering lamps placed next lớn the fog lamps. The static cornering lamps which work upto 40kmph are a segment first. The three slat front grille has two black slats and a chrome one at the bottom and the chin gets a longer chrome slat that runs through the grille ending at the bottom of the fog lamps. We appreciate this minimal, but clever use of chrome, in comparison the Punto Evo’s frontal styling. The side profile of the car is the same and the only difference one will notice is the new 10-spoke alloy wheels that look classy. The rear looks similar, but the bumper is new and gets a new lower half that incorporates reflectors on either sides. The layouts of the tail lights are same, but it gets angular from inside and look better defined. VW has introduced a new shade of ‘copper orange’ which isn’t as impressive as the flash red the pre-facelift model wore. The Polo is a common sight on our roads and despite that fact, it still manages lớn catch our attention in flash red, which is what this new shade couldn’t manage. We aren’t complaining, but we would have loved the metallic red that is available on the European model. The flash red is still available and the new colour takes the tally up lớn six colours on the palette lớn choose from.

I have always liked the understated, classy European design of the Polo; the facelift just makes it look better. The Polo now looks much sharper from the front and although the rear doesn’t incorporate as many changes, its tautness is evident. Interior
Step inside and for someone who has driven the outgoing model, it all looks familiar. The dashboard layout is the same, but the dual-tone beige and non-reflective black colour combination is new. The new desert beige upholstery is bright and spices up the interior. The Golf-style flat-bottom three-spoke steering wheel looks like it belongs lớn an expensive car and is excellent lớn hold. The steering wheel gets buttons that control the audio system and the multi-information display. The MID controls on the steering wheel allows you lớn keep your hands on it all the time as its placement earlier was on the column stalk and the button was fidgety lớn use. The instrument cluster retains the two large dials with tachometer on the left and speedometer on the right. In between lurks the change – the multi-information display gets easy-to-read white fonts and the new function which shows the maximum speed is 250kmph, which we found a bit cheesy. The centre console and steering wheel boss get brushed aluminium surrounds adding lớn the premium look. Every bit inside the Polo you touch exudes quality, when it comes lớn the interior fit, finish and quality the Polo is right up there. Everything seems lớn be well put together and the interior is the best-in-class.

The integrated audio system is compatible with USB, AUX-in, SD card, can pair with your Bluetooth devices and play your CDs too. The sound quality is decent and one won’t be disappointed with this system. It can take voice commands and the call quality with the phone paired lớn the audio system is good.

The front driver’s seat with height adjustment and the telescopic steering wheel makes it easy lớn find an ideal driving position. The seats are supportive and are comfortable over long drives. We cribbed about the lack of sufficient lumbar support in the outgoing model which seems lớn have been fixed, but it can be better. The rear seat remains a weakness of the Polo. It hasn’t changed a single bit, the new specification sheet reads the Polo has a wheelbase longer by about 13mm, which sida the legroom getting a minor improvement complemented by the scooped out front seats. Seating three abreast is a task and the headroom is not the best-in-class, the Swift in comparison has a higher set rear seat and feels a little more comfortable than the Polo. The Polo boasts the largest boot capacity in the class at 294litre followed by the Hyundai Elite i20 at 280litre.
While VW offers auto up/down on all four windows, we were disappointed at the lack of automatic retract for the ORVMs. They are not treating Indian customers differently as this feature is not available in the European car either. Engine & Performance
The new 1.5-litre TDI is a re-bored version of the 1.6-litre TDI engine that will be used in the upcoming GT TDI and the Vento, but in a different state of tune. This engine deploys a Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) and churns out an impressive 89bhp of maximum power at 4200rpm and 230Nm of maximum torque flowing between 1500-2500rpm. The power output has gone up by 15bhp and the torque figure sees a huge bump of 50Nm over the outgoing car.
Crank it and the difference is immediately evident, refinement levels are better, vibrations are well contained and the gruff note of the old car has vanished. Although, it is still not one of the quietest small diesel cars around, the Swift’s MultiJet engine is more refined, but the better insulation of the Polo helps you concentrate on music or a conversation with your passenger. On the move, the VGT gives the engine a lot of flexibility, with useable torque kicking in from as low as 1400rpm and power not tailing off until 4000rpm. The engine continues revving all the way up lớn its high 5400rpm redline. However, beyond the 4000rpm mark there is no poke and the power lớn noise ratio tilts in favour of the latter.

Performance is as good as it gets, the engine is happy ambling along in traffic or doing high speeds on the highway. It is very eager lớn respond and its performance is effortless. It feels very sprightly and we won’t be surprised if it turns out lớn be the quickest car at that price. What adds lớn the pleasure of using all this power is the slick gearbox, which is one of the best around; it slots precisely and is a joy lớn use. The gearing is spot on for the power on offer and punting around traffic in the city is effortless, however the heavy clutch takes some time getting used lớn. On the highway, the engine comes on song with overtaking needing just a gentle prod of the loud pedal. Cruising along at highway speeds of 100 kmph, the rev counter was still under 2500rpm. The claimed fuel economy figure of the new car is 20.14kmpl (ARAI) in comparison the old car managed 22kmpl (ARAI). Our test car was indicating about 14.6kmpl on the display and was driven hard all the time; with some judicious use of the gas pedal the figure will rise. The competition like the Swift in comparison does 22.9kmpl (ARAI) but we believe that its torque figure more than makes up for the kpl lost.Ride & Handling
In a bid lớn achieve a better ride, VW has reworked the suspension and made it a bit softer. The Polo now rides better at low speeds and doesn’t crash through potholes like the outgoing model. With every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, while the ride gets better some of its handling panache is lost. It still goes around bends really well, but feels skittish at the limit without being scary. However, make no mistake the Polo hasn’t lost its handling characteristics. Mid-corner bumps and undulations while cornering are taken in its stride without a complaint. The Swift and the Punto Evo are the best handlers in the segment, but the Polo remains the obvious choice for the enthusiast. The tyre size is just right and the Polo isn’t under-tyred, but the stock Apollo Acceleres aren’t the stickiest rubberaround and owners who feel short-changed for grip should tăng cấp.
The car maintains its cool at high speeds and despite the thiết đặt being marginally softer, high speed damping is not bad. The overall ride quality has improved and the Polo takes our broken roads with aplomb. It does exceedingly well in this department and the ride is one of the best in the segment.
The speed sensitive electric power steering feels a tad heavier than before, but at high speeds it should put on more weight (pun intended). The Polo still feels good around bends and equally good doing the city chores. It manages lớn emerge as the clear winner in the ride and handling department, finishing ahead of the Swift and the Punto Evo.
Verdict
The lack of performance was the Achilles heel of the Polo and Volkswagen has addressed it with the new 1.5-litre TDI engine. The new engine feels very nice; it is very eager and is at home in the city and on the highway. Unsurprisingly, the claimed fuel economy figure of the car is lower by 2kmpl, but it is a minor trade-off for the performance it offers.
How much do you get one for? The Polo starts from Rs 4.99 lakh and goes up lớn Rs 7.39 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). At this price it is more expensive than the Swift and the Punto Evo, but the most expensive tag rests with the Hyundai Elite i20 at Rs 7.66 lakh. You cannot call any of these cars value for money as you get sedans and crossovers at this price now. But, the whole point of these cars is for buyers who want sedan-like comfort and performance, minus the boot.
The updated Polo has all it takes lớn be the segment leader; it has a good interior, a powerful engine with the best-in-class torque figure and a good ride and handling package. The top-spec Hyundai Elite i20 is about Rs 27,000 dearer than the Polo and despite the six-speed gearbox and a nice engine it isn’t as involving lớn drive. Although, the Elite i20 packs in a little more features in comparison, it lacks the soul of a driver’s car. This is where the Polo seems like value for money and is the best driving hatchback one can buy at this price.
Conversely, launching a good car is only half the game won and VW needs lớn back it with good service. This is one area that VW needs lớn improve as competitors like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai are right at the top when it comes lớn after-sales service. Volkswagen Polo [2014-2015] #Volkswagen #Polo #facelift
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Introduction
The Polo has been one of the most unfortunate victims of the Indian regulations because despite the build quality, great handling and contemporary European styling, the anorexic engines were a downer. It ended being an option in the premium hatchback segment instead of being an obvious choice. This is exactly what Volkswagen aims lớn change and has worked hard lớn iron out all the irregularities of the car with the facelifted Polo.
The Polo now gets a new heart and it is the highlight of the new car that has transformed the way it drives. This new engine displaces 1.5-litres and is a re-bored version of the 1.6-litre engine found in the Vento and the old Polo GT TDI. There are some subtle changes lớn the exterior and interior as well. So, is the Polo now good enough lớn become the best-seller in the premium hatchback segment? Exterior & Design
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. While the emphasis seems lớn have been more on playing safe, it seems like VW has played it too safe. The facelifted Polo gets subtle revisions lớn the front with a new bumper, double-barrel headlights and static cornering lamps placed next lớn the fog lamps. The static cornering lamps which work upto 40kmph are a segment first. The three slat front grille has two black slats and a chrome one at the bottom and the chin gets a longer chrome slat that runs through the grille ending at the bottom of the fog lamps. We appreciate this minimal, but clever use of chrome, in comparison the Punto Evo’s frontal styling. The side profile of the car is the same and the only difference one will notice is the new 10-spoke alloy wheels that look classy. The rear looks similar, but the bumper is new and gets a new lower half that incorporates reflectors on either sides. The layouts of the tail lights are same, but it gets angular from inside and look better defined. VW has introduced a new shade of ‘copper orange’ which isn’t as impressive as the flash red the pre-facelift model wore. The Polo is a common sight on our roads and despite that fact, it still manages lớn catch our attention in flash red, which is what this new shade couldn’t manage. We aren’t complaining, but we would have loved the metallic red that is available on the European model. The flash red is still available and the new colour takes the tally up lớn six colours on the palette lớn choose from.

I have always liked the understated, classy European design of the Polo; the facelift just makes it look better. The Polo now looks much sharper from the front and although the rear doesn’t incorporate as many changes, its tautness is evident. Interior
Step inside and for someone who has driven the outgoing model, it all looks familiar. The dashboard layout is the same, but the dual-tone beige and non-reflective black colour combination is new. The new desert beige upholstery is bright and spices up the interior. The Golf-style flat-bottom three-spoke steering wheel looks like it belongs lớn an expensive car and is excellent lớn hold. The steering wheel gets buttons that control the audio system and the multi-information display. The MID controls on the steering wheel allows you lớn keep your hands on it all the time as its placement earlier was on the column stalk and the button was fidgety lớn use. The instrument cluster retains the two large dials with tachometer on the left and speedometer on the right. In between lurks the change – the multi-information display gets easy-to-read white fonts and the new function which shows the maximum speed is 250kmph, which we found a bit cheesy. The centre console and steering wheel boss get brushed aluminium surrounds adding lớn the premium look. Every bit inside the Polo you touch exudes quality, when it comes lớn the interior fit, finish and quality the Polo is right up there. Everything seems lớn be well put together and the interior is the best-in-class.

The integrated audio system is compatible with USB, AUX-in, SD card, can pair with your Bluetooth devices and play your CDs too. The sound quality is decent and one won’t be disappointed with this system. It can take voice commands and the call quality with the phone paired lớn the audio system is good.

The front driver’s seat with height adjustment and the telescopic steering wheel makes it easy lớn find an ideal driving position. The seats are supportive and are comfortable over long drives. We cribbed about the lack of sufficient lumbar support in the outgoing model which seems lớn have been fixed, but it can be better. The rear seat remains a weakness of the Polo. It hasn’t changed a single bit, the new specification sheet reads the Polo has a wheelbase longer by about 13mm, which sida the legroom getting a minor improvement complemented by the scooped out front seats. Seating three abreast is a task and the headroom is not the best-in-class, the Swift in comparison has a higher set rear seat and feels a little more comfortable than the Polo. The Polo boasts the largest boot capacity in the class at 294litre followed by the Hyundai Elite i20 at 280litre.
While VW offers auto up/down on all four windows, we were disappointed at the lack of automatic retract for the ORVMs. They are not treating Indian customers differently as this feature is not available in the European car either. Engine & Performance
The new 1.5-litre TDI is a re-bored version of the 1.6-litre TDI engine that will be used in the upcoming GT TDI and the Vento, but in a different state of tune. This engine deploys a Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) and churns out an impressive 89bhp of maximum power at 4200rpm and 230Nm of maximum torque flowing between 1500-2500rpm. The power output has gone up by 15bhp and the torque figure sees a huge bump of 50Nm over the outgoing car.
Crank it and the difference is immediately evident, refinement levels are better, vibrations are well contained and the gruff note of the old car has vanished. Although, it is still not one of the quietest small diesel cars around, the Swift’s MultiJet engine is more refined, but the better insulation of the Polo helps you concentrate on music or a conversation with your passenger. On the move, the VGT gives the engine a lot of flexibility, with useable torque kicking in from as low as 1400rpm and power not tailing off until 4000rpm. The engine continues revving all the way up lớn its high 5400rpm redline. However, beyond the 4000rpm mark there is no poke and the power lớn noise ratio tilts in favour of the latter.

Performance is as good as it gets, the engine is happy ambling along in traffic or doing high speeds on the highway. It is very eager lớn respond and its performance is effortless. It feels very sprightly and we won’t be surprised if it turns out lớn be the quickest car at that price. What adds lớn the pleasure of using all this power is the slick gearbox, which is one of the best around; it slots precisely and is a joy lớn use. The gearing is spot on for the power on offer and punting around traffic in the city is effortless, however the heavy clutch takes some time getting used lớn. On the highway, the engine comes on song with overtaking needing just a gentle prod of the loud pedal. Cruising along at highway speeds of 100 kmph, the rev counter was still under 2500rpm. The claimed fuel economy figure of the new car is 20.14kmpl (ARAI) in comparison the old car managed 22kmpl (ARAI). Our test car was indicating about 14.6kmpl on the display and was driven hard all the time; with some judicious use of the gas pedal the figure will rise. The competition like the Swift in comparison does 22.9kmpl (ARAI) but we believe that its torque figure more than makes up for the kpl lost.Ride & Handling
In a bid lớn achieve a better ride, VW has reworked the suspension and made it a bit softer. The Polo now rides better at low speeds and doesn’t crash through potholes like the outgoing model. With every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, while the ride gets better some of its handling panache is lost. It still goes around bends really well, but feels skittish at the limit without being scary. However, make no mistake the Polo hasn’t lost its handling characteristics. Mid-corner bumps and undulations while cornering are taken in its stride without a complaint. The Swift and the Punto Evo are the best handlers in the segment, but the Polo remains the obvious choice for the enthusiast. The tyre size is just right and the Polo isn’t under-tyred, but the stock Apollo Acceleres aren’t the stickiest rubberaround and owners who feel short-changed for grip should tăng cấp.
The car maintains its cool at high speeds and despite the thiết đặt being marginally softer, high speed damping is not bad. The overall ride quality has improved and the Polo takes our broken roads with aplomb. It does exceedingly well in this department and the ride is one of the best in the segment.
The speed sensitive electric power steering feels a tad heavier than before, but at high speeds it should put on more weight (pun intended). The Polo still feels good around bends and equally good doing the city chores. It manages lớn emerge as the clear winner in the ride and handling department, finishing ahead of the Swift and the Punto Evo.
Verdict
The lack of performance was the Achilles heel of the Polo and Volkswagen has addressed it with the new 1.5-litre TDI engine. The new engine feels very nice; it is very eager and is at home in the city and on the highway. Unsurprisingly, the claimed fuel economy figure of the car is lower by 2kmpl, but it is a minor trade-off for the performance it offers.
How much do you get one for? The Polo starts from Rs 4.99 lakh and goes up lớn Rs 7.39 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). At this price it is more expensive than the Swift and the Punto Evo, but the most expensive tag rests with the Hyundai Elite i20 at Rs 7.66 lakh. You cannot call any of these cars value for money as you get sedans and crossovers at this price now. But, the whole point of these cars is for buyers who want sedan-like comfort and performance, minus the boot.
The updated Polo has all it takes lớn be the segment leader; it has a good interior, a powerful engine with the best-in-class torque figure and a good ride and handling package. The top-spec Hyundai Elite i20 is about Rs 27,000 dearer than the Polo and despite the six-speed gearbox and a nice engine it isn’t as involving lớn drive. Although, the Elite i20 packs in a little more features in comparison, it lacks the soul of a driver’s car. This is where the Polo seems like value for money and is the best driving hatchback one can buy at this price.
Conversely, launching a good car is only half the game won and VW needs lớn back it with good service. This is one area that VW needs lớn improve as competitors like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai are right at the top when it comes lớn after-sales service. Volkswagen Polo [2014-2015]

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