The Volkswagen Polo has been in the Indian market since 2009 and up till now, the car has put up respectable sales figures for the German carmaker. However, rising competition from rivals with new age features has encouraged Volkswagen India to introduce a new facelifted version with improved styling and more features as standard. Besides the regular Polo, the brand has also updated the more powerful TSI and TDI models.
Design updates on the Polo facelift includes a new front grille, redesigned front bumper with a chrome strip running across the air dam, new double barrel headlights with cornering lamps and new fog lamps. At the back, there’s a new rear bumper with integrated license plate holder and reflectors. The detailing in the taillight, too, is different when compared to the outgoing model. Other revisions include new 10-spoke alloy wheels for the top-spec Highline variant. The mid and low- level variants get new wheel covers.
Overall, Volkswagen India has made subtle improvements to the Polo’s sleek and minimalistic design. It now looks more modern and grown up among the current crop premium hatchbacks.
Inside, the highlighting feature of the Polo facelift is the new flat-base three-spoke steering wheel. It is very well designed and features better looking control buttons in comparison to the outgoing car. Volkswagen has retained the existing instrument cluster but with minor changes, like the multi-information display which is now more detailed. AnOother noteworthy change is that the instrument cluster is no longer in Volkswagen’s signature red colour.
The dashboard layout, meanwhile, remains the same although it gets two-tone colours instead of the black-only theme seen before. The revamped interiors feature new fabrics for seat upholstery and a few other minor updates. Standard features on the range- topping Polo facelift include climate control, multimedia system with display, steering mounted audio controls, multifunction display, electric mirrors and much more. Like before, Volkswagen is offering airbags as standard on all variants of the Polo facelift. Interestingly, the Polo is the only hatchback in its segment to have a 4-star NCAP safety rating for adult occupant protection.
Engine and Gearbox
The Polo facelift range is available with three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol, 1.2-litre TSI petrol and an all-new 1.5-litre four cylinder TDI engine. The latter is the biggest highlight of the facelifted model. The Polo GT TSI which sits at the top of the petrol range continues to be powered by a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine producing 103bhp. The equivalent GT TDI, on the other hand, gets the new 1.5-litre engine producing 103bhp of power and 250Nm of torque. As for the standard diesel model, Volkswagen is offering the same 1.5-litre unit but in a lower state of tune with around 89bhp and 230Nm. The Cross Polo will be powered by the same 1.5-litre four cylinder diesel engine producing 89bhp and 230Nm.
As for economy, the new Polo TDI and the GT TDI have an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 20.14 kmpl and 19.91 kmpl respectively. The petrol powered GT TSI, on the other hand, is rated at 17.21 kmpl.
As before, the Polo facelift range will compete in the sub Rs 10 lakh premium hatchback segment with cars like the Hyundai i20, Renault Pulse and the Maruti Suzuki Swift. It will compete with upcoming models like the new Honda Jazz and the Fiat Punto Evo.