I need a vehicle that has a strong built and a good fuel effeciency. Since Volkswagen Polo GT is around Rs. 1.5 lakhs more expensive than the regular Polo, is it worth spending that much money extra or should I consider the regular Polo? Also, there are a lot of exciting discounts on Skoda Rapid; should I consider buying that vehicle instead?
By: Piyush Das on 31 july 2016
Volkswagen Polo and Polo GT are quite identical and the confusion is really expected. The GT badge on the front grille clearly defines the difference when it comes to the looks of the car, otherwise they are more or less the same. The rear spoiler of the GT is slightly altered but there isn’t much different. The GT gets a little more garnishing in terms of alloy wheels, ABS, cornering lights, rear wiper and washer etc. which makes for a reasonable argument as to why the GT is priced higher than even the Highline.
The Polo GT petrol is powered by a 1.2litre unit which can manage 103bhp and a torque of 175Nm. it comes mated with a 7 speed DSG gearbox. The diesel GT comes with a 1.6litre mill that can manage 103bho and a torque of 250Nm. The Polo TDI is powered with a similar engine which can deliver 89bhp and a torque of 230Nm while the Polo TFI manages 74bhp and a torque of 110Nm. All this sums up to the fact that, the extra amount is definitely worth paying for in case you can afford it.
Now coming to the, Skoda Rapid; the sedan is offering a similar power output as what Polo GT is offering while the torque produced by Polo GT is much higher. The mileage offered by the latter is also slightly better than what Rapid offers. In terms of price though, they are quite similar. Personally, I feel that Polo GT has more to offer but Rapid takes away the cake in terms of its size. A sedan is definitely more comfortable than a hatchback and Polo has always been falling short due to the cramped leg space. This being said, Skoda service has been getting a lot of negative ratings in the recent times while it is more expensive to maintain a Skoda car though Volkswagen isn’t easy on pockets either but Skoda is one step ahead of VW in terms of expenses in terms of the after sale service.
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