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Specification Comparison: Volkswagen Polo 1.0L vs Maruti Swift vs Hyundai Grand i10

Specification Comparison: Volkswagen Polo 1.0L vs Maruti Swift vs Hyundai Grand i10

Snapshot: Lets Check out how the new Volkswagen Polo 1.0L turnout to be when it is position with its rivals such as Maruti Suzuki Swift and Hyundai Grand i10.

Volkswagen India introduced the Polo with a new smaller 1.0-litre engine to make it appeal more to efficiency centric buyers, where earlier the Polo hatchback was offered with a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol version along with a 1.5-litre diesel version paired with a DSG gearbox. This diesel option is still available for the buyers. Volkswagen Polo rivals with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Hyundai Grand i10. Though, in this segment Volkswagen has been known for its performance. But with its phased out styling, it’s the Maruti Suzuki that gives an edge with the new design and fuel efficiency and Hyundai’s Grand i10 features comfy packed interior let’s check out how these cars will take on each other.

Dimension
Going by the dimensions, the polo is longer compared to its rivals at 3,971mm, but the Swift takes on it by being wider and taller. The base variant of the Polo has a kerb weight of 1015kg and the figures goes to 1163 for the range topping variant, making it heavier than the Grand i10 and Swift that weighs in a range of 855kg to 985 kg. Since its launch, Polo has been opted by many driving enthusiasts due to its smart exterior styling, while it is still smart, but with 8 years of its launch and newcomers, the car needs a new makeover.

Dimensions
 Volkswagen PoloMaruti SwiftHyundai Grand i10
Length3971 mm3840 mm3765 mm
Width1682 mm1735 mm1660 mm
Height1469 mm1530 mm1520 mm
Wheelbase2469 mm2450 mm2425 mm
Kerb Weight1015-1163 kg855-985 kg1066-1093 kg
Boot Space294 L268 L256 L

Engine
The new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol unit replaces Volkswagen’s 1.2-litre MPI petrol engine. the new 1.0-litre makes 75bhp, which is 1bhp more than the 1.2-litre engines’ power, but low on torque by 15Nm at 95Nm of torque. Both, Swift and Grand i10 are powered by a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, with the Swift's developing 82bhp with 115Nm and Grand i10’s 82hp and 114Nm. Though, the power figures on the Polo's smaller engine is low, but VW has shredded 18kgs from the previous 1.2L unit and returns an ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 18.78kmpl, making it more efficient. However, the claimed mileage of the Polo is still no where near Grand i10’s 19.7kmpl and Swift’s 22kmpl.

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No wonder there is no match for Polo’s diesel engine, the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder unit is most powerful among its rival and not to forget that its bigger as well. The 1.5-litre engine makes 89bhp of top power with 230Nm of torque that easily takes on Swift's 1.3-litre diesel with 74bhp and 190Nm and Hyundai's 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engine that produces 74bhp and 190Nm.

All these models are available with automatic transmissions, though Swift is offered with automatic in both petrol and diesel  variants, but it’s a basic AMT setup. Hyundai makes use of a torque converter in its petrol variant, while the 1.0L Polo is currently available with a 5-speed manual gearbox and not a sophisticated seven-speed dual clutch transmission as seen on the previous 1.2-L MPI unit.

Engine Specification
 Volkswagen PoloMaruti SwiftHyundai Grand i10
Engines Petrol Diesel Petrol Diesel Petrol Diesel
Displacement 3,4 Cylinder 4 cylinder 4 cylinder 4 cylinder 4 cylinder 3 cylinder
Transmission 5 speed Manual, 7 speed DSG 5 speed Manual 5 speed Manual 5 speed AMT 5 speed Manual, 4 speed auto 5 speed manual
Power 76hp 90hp 83hp 75hp 83hp 75hp
Torque 95Nm 230Nm 115Nm 190Nm 114Nm 190Nm
Fuel Efficiency 18.7kmpl 20.1kmpl 22kmpl 28.4kmpl 19.7kmpl 23kmpl

Interiors
On the inside, Both Volkswagen and Hyundai offer a black and beige interior layout in these models, while the Maruti's product here has an all-black interior. Despite sitting on the biggest wheelbase of its rival, the car still lags of interior space and here the Swift takes on its rivals when in comes to roomy cabin. However, the Polo has a good boot capacity of 294 litres, which is biggest off all. Both Polo and Swift comes with ABS and dual airbags as standard across all variants. The Grand i10 gets ABS only in its top two trims.

Value
Even after the introduction of a smaller engine in the Polo there are no significant changes in the prices of the model, starting at Rs 5.41 lakh (Ex showroom, Delhi), which is Rs 41,000 pricier than the Swift’s base model and nearly Rs 70,000 that the Grand i10’s. The top-of-the-line variant of the Polo 1.0L petrol  is priced at Rs 7.24 lakh, which is Rs 5,000 less than the ZX+ variant of the Swift and Rs 71,000 than the top-spec Grand i10 Asta. The catch here is that Polo is for the ones who don’t crib about interior spacing, where as Maruti Suzuki Swift will be a good bet for the ones who ask for good fuel efficiency, roomy cabin and solid brand after-sales backup. Hyundai on the other hand is a good city car if you a less space to park and just in a need of a decent city ride.

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