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Volkswagen Polo 2013 OverviewIf there's one hatchback that has style, power and comfort in one package, it's surely the Volkswagen Polo. Launched in 2009, the Polo has been among the top-sellers for its maker in the country with around 5,000 units being sold every month. What kept this car going even in the most competitive segment in India are the regular updates it has received over the period of time. In 2013, Volkswagen added three new models in the Polo line-up- GT TSI, GT TDI and Cross Polo, offering more options to buyers to choose from. While the Polo GT TSI and GT TDI are performance oriented versions of the hatchback, the Cross Polo with several design changes look more like a mini crossover version of the car. The cars that the Polo competes against in the Indian market are Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i20 and Fiat Punto.
Now when there are two performance oriented versions of the car, the Polo is available in four engine options- 1.2-litre 73.9bhp 12V In-Line Petrol, 1.2-litre 73.9bhp 12V In-Line Diesel, 1.2-litre 103.6bhp 16V TSi Petrol Engine and 1.6-litre 103.6bhp 16V TDI Diesel Engine. Out of all the engines, only 1.2-litre petrol comes with an automatic transmission option.
VW Polo is no doubt the best looking hatchback in the country with intelligently designed shoulders, headlamps with black accents and large fog lamps at front. The tail pipe at the rear is smartly tucked below the bumper, which makes the rear profile look neat and attractive. The side profile looks stunning with seven spoke alloy wheels sitting on 185/60/R15 tyres. The lower variants get 175//70/R14 tyres with no alloys.
Not just the exteriors but the car has an equally good looking and comfortable cabin having good plastic quality, elegant leather upholstery, good to hold three-spoke steering wheel and tons of space. The aspects that go against this hatchback is its pricing and comparatively lesser features than its competitors. But the Polo steals the show with its true German build quality, no nonsense design and definitely that VW badge.
Volkswagen Polo 2013 ExteriorAs mentioned above, the Volkwagen Polo is a well designed car with almost no design error. When compared to its rivals, the Polo has an upper hand due to its true European design with slightly wide and balanced stance. The front profile looks stunning with black fog lamps, front air dam, body coloured bumper, aggressively looking front grille, color-coded ORVMs and large headlamps. The side profile looks neat and clean with a no non-sense design.
What adds more beauty to the sides of the car are big 7 spoke alloy wheels sitting on 185/60/R15 tyres. The low variants feature no alloys with 175/70/R14 tyres.
The rear profile too looks neat and clean with tail pipe kept under the bumper. Other impressive elements found at the rear are a spoiler with integrated brake lights, fog lamps and VW logo right in the middle above boot opener. So in a sense, the logo itself serves as trunk opener here. The Volkswagen Polo may not be one of the bigger hatchbacks, but having length,w idth, height and wheelbase of 3,790mm, 1,682mm, 1,453mm and 2,456mm, it's a well proportioned car.
In a nut shell, the Polo is adequately wide, and its low stance with whels placed right at the corners not just enhance its overall beauty, but helps in road grip as well.
Volkswagen Polo 2013 InteriorThe interior of the VW Polo is contemporary and top-notch in quality. Featuring dual tone high quality scratch resistant dashboard with ergonomically designed instrument panel, elctronic multi-function display and neatly designed centre console give it an impressive look. The car's RCD 320 music system comes with 4 speakers and supports an integrated USB, Bluetooth, Aux-in and SD card slot. Other key features offered with the car are aluminium-look pedals, chrome plated instrument surrounds, electrically adjustable mirrors controlled by an intuitive joystick, 3 grab handles above doors, folding with coat hooks, sunglass holder inside glovebox, front centre console with 12V outlet, Ashtray in front, single folding rear seat backrest, chrome interior trims, leather wrapped steering wheel, storage compartment in front doors including cupholders for 1.5-litre bottle and leather wrapped gearshift knob and handlebrake lever handle.
Volkswagen has offered several exciting features to enhance the cabin comfort and convenience. The list of features include climatronic automatic air conditioning, height adjustable driver's seat, gear shift indicator (for diesel only), speed sensitive electronic power steering, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, instrument cluster with tachometer, speedometer, odometer and trip odometer, front intermittent wipers, tinted glass, rear defogger and rear wiper, fuel lid with push style opening, 60/40 Split folding rear seat and few more. The only thing that goes against this car is a bit squeezed seat.
Volkswagen Polo 2013 Engine & TransmissionNow, the Volkswagen Polo is available in four engine options, the performance oriented 1.2-litre 103.6bhp 16V TSI Petrol Engine and 1.6-litre 103.6bhp 16V TDI Diesel Engine and the regular 1.2-litre 73.9bhp 12V In-Line Petrol, 1.2-litre 73.9bhp 12V In-Line Diesel.
With an aim to enhance the power performance of the engine within smaller displacement and fuel consumption, Volkswagen introduced TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines. The 1.2-litre 103.6bhp 16V TSI Petrol Engine offers a high torque output from low revs to almost at all speeds. It reduces the emission levels by 50grms when compared with the older petrol engine. The 1.2-litre TSI petrol unit is mated with a dual clutch seven speed DSG offering a mileage of 14.8kmpl on urban roads and 17.2kmpl on highways. This power-unit delivers a peak power of 103.6bhp @ 5250rpm and a torque of 153Nm @ 3750rpm. The Polo TSI petrol is a real fun to drive that accelerates better than its regular petrol unit. It can mark 0-100kmph within 9.7seconds with a top speed of 190kmph.
Promising a better fuel efficiency, range and performance, Volkswagen launched the new Polo with the 1.6-litre 103.6bhp 16V TDI Diesel Engine option that also does duty to the Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento. The clean diesel engine – TDI meets all the standards and lower CO2 emissions up-to 93 percent compared to the other diesel engine vehicles. This powertrian makes a maximum power of 105PS and torque of 250Nm. Coupled with a five-speed manual transmission, it accelerates to 100kmph from stand still within 10 seconds and a top speed of 178kmph. It offers an impressive mileage of 19.78kmpl.
The 1.2-litre 73.9bhp 12V In-Line Petrol engine is coupled with a five-speed manual transmission and offers a fuel efficiency of 12kmpl in city and 16.5kmpl on highways. It develops a peak power of 73.9bhp @ 5400rpm and torque of 110Nm @ 3750rpm. This engine can achieve 0-100kmph in 14.2 seconds with a top speed of 162.9kmph.
Whereas, the 1.2-litre 73.9bhp 12V In-Line Diesel engine makes 73.9bhp @ 4200rm of peak power and 180Nm of peak torque @ 2000rpm. It gives a mileage of 16kmpl on urban roads and 20kmpl on highways. The regular diesel engine can achieve 100kmph just in 14.4 seconds with a top speed of 164.1kmph.
Volkswagen Polo 2013 MileageThe Volkswagen Polo TSI petrol and TDI diesel are the new performance-oriented versions, which are tuned with advanced technologies for better fuel efficiency and power and torque performance. The 1.2-litre 103.6bhp 16V TSI Petrol Engine with dual clutch seven speed DSG delivers a mileage of 14.8kmpl on urban roads and 17.2kmpl on highways. Whereas, coupled with a five speed manual transmission, the regular 1.2-litre 73.9bhp 12V In-Line Petrol engine offers fuel efficiency of 12kmpl in city and 16.5kmpl on highways. The performance-oriented 1.6-litre 103.6bhp 16V TDI Diesel Engine gives a decent fuel economy of 19.78kmpl. On the other side, the fuel economy of the 1.2-litre 73.9bhp 12V In-Line Diesel engine is on par of the course. It offers a mileage of 16kmpl on urban roads and 20kmpl on highways.
Volkswagen Polo 2013 Braking and SafetyThe braking performance of the Volkswagen Polo is superb and highly confidence inspiring. The brake pedal is easy in handling. The Apollo Accelerates tyres can be controlled with the powerful braking system, no matter whether you are driving in heavy city traffic. The top-end variant of the Polo comes integrated with the advanced ABS (Anti-lock brake system) along with the standard front ventilated disc brakes and rear drum brakes.
The Volkswagen Polo comes with a long list of active and passive safety features including dual front airbags for driver and co-passenger, front and rear seat belts with three point automatic safety belts, height adjustable front head restraints, central lock, electronic anti-theft immobilizer, warning triangle with holder in trunk cover, ventilated front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, mounted third brake light, first aid box, fog lamps etc.
Volkswagen Polo 2013 Performance and HandlingThe regular petrol engine feels very peppy until 100kph and is good to go upto 6, 200rpm. The city drivability is pretty impressive. The throttle response is excellent. The petrol unit feels loud even at a speed of 60kmph. It gets more annoying at 2,000 – 4, 000rpms, but far better than the K-series engines, used in Maruti A-Star, Swift and Ritz. The VW petrol engine is tuned for better fuel efficiency. This power-unit can achieve 0-100kmph in 14.2 seconds with a top speed of 162.9kmph.But after 100kmph, the engine makes sound with slight vibrations, which can be easily felt in cabin. The gear lever is light and smooth.
The Polo diesel offers a decent handling and drivability. However, there is significant turbo-lag and power delivery is noisy. The mid-range performance is good and above 2000rpms it flatters with its revv-happy behavior. The engine is quiet in nature, but there is a significant murmur when you shift gearbox. The Polo diesel is efficient enough to mark 100kmph just in 14.4 seconds with a top speed of 164.1kmph.
Having more powerful engines, the Polo TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines offer an exceptional driving experience in this segment. These power-motors offer class leading refinement levels and drivability. The Polo TSI petrol is a real thrill for the car fanatics who love to play with speed and power. It accelerates 0-100kmph within 9.7seconds with a top speed of 190kmph. Whereas, the Polo TDI diesel marks 100kmph from stand still just in 10 seconds and a top speed of 178kmph.
The suspension is mature and tuned. The ride quality is comfortable and smooth with minimum vertical movements even on patchy roads, but the rear suspension gets nosier. The straight lines and corners of its chassis along with the 168mm of ground clearance contribute to the stability of the car. Assembled with the large 15-inches alloy wheels, the Polo (top-end variants) offers stable drive over the broken surfaces. The Polo’s base-end variants come equipped with 14-inches alloy wheels with an impressive ride set-up that help the car with its overall handling and drivability. The 4.97-meter of turning radius isn’t bothering and body roll is well-controlled.
What do we think about Volkswagen Polo 2013?The Volkswagen Polo is a well-designed European hatchback, which rides so good. Its contemporary styling looks better than most of its rivals including Maruti Swift and Hyundai i20. The comfort and refinement levels are superb regardless its supermini construction.
The performance-oriented TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines deliver an excellent torque output and fuel efficiency. The VW Polo is a sensible choice for the young Indian families, but the high ownership price and dealership network could make you re-think over your decision.
Volkswagen Polo 2013 CompetitorsThe fastest growing Indian hatchback segment is heated-up with a tough competition, where automakers are coming-up with new vehicles and updated versions of already existing models. The premium hatchbacks Volkswagen Polo and Maruti Swift are two closest rivals.
The Volkswagen Polo looks very sporty with all contemporary styling. The straight chassis lines and flared wheel arches reflect its outgoing personality. On the other hand, Maruti Swift looks aged with conventional front fascia and heavy hips. However, the nicely assembled alloy wheels and massive tyres give some elegance to it.
The Polo offers a sleek and comfortable interior with a plenty of features and storage area. The seats are large and covered with rich upholstery. The plastic quality is excellent. Coming to the Swift, it offers a spacious cabin with good leg-knee-shoulder room. The extended dimensions and refined interior make it very comfortable. The ingress and egress are easy even for tall passengers. The upholstery is rich and durable. The fit and finish are up-to the mark. In terms comfort, space and features, the Maruti Swift has an upper hand over the Polo.
The VW Polo petrol and diesel engines (regular engines) are efficient to deliver a torque output of 110Nm and 180Nm, whereas, the Swift produces a peak torque of 113Nm and 190Nm. Even on the fuel efficiency front, the Swift takes a lead with marginal difference by offering a mileage of fuel efficiency 18.5kmpl (petrol) and 20kmpl (diesel) on highways. It scores higher on acceleration too. But, the Polo’s new performance-oriented TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines tuned for more power and torque are better performance and more fun to drive than the Swift, but then it’s very expensive.
The handling and drivability of both the hatchbacks are equally good. The Swift gets more refined engine than the Polo.
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