The Volkswagen Polo is a premium hatchback available in the Indian market. The car was developed in Germany and first introduced in 1975. Currently the Polo is in its fifth generation and there has also been an additional launch of a GT model in both petrol and diesel variants.
The car comes in both petrol and diesel but the most impressive engine is definitely the TSI turbocharged petrol engine. The Polo competes with the Hyundai i20, Maruti Suzuki Swift and Fiat Palio.
The VW Polo follows a very sharp design that is edgy and modern, and that makes it one of the best looking hatches in the country. The cars stance is low, with nice tyres and wheel arches and sharp line running down the body of the car. The front hood is narrow and long with a very nice sporty grille and decent looking headlamps. The rear section is well design as well and the car looks like it is perfect in terms of its proportions.
The Interiors of the Polo are also very nicely setup but there definitely isn’t much space for passengers. The driver is probably the most comfortable in the car, however the front and rear windshields are very small and there isn’t a very good view to see outside of the car.
The seats are nicely designed and comfortable but if you are a tall fellow you wont find any comfort in the rear. However the ergonomics are sport on and the dashboard is also very nice with a clean and very easily visible instrument cluster.
The Polo comes with a 3-cylinder 1.2 litre petrol engine with 75bhp that is very well refined. There is also a 3-cylinder 1.5 diesel engine that comes with 90bhp, and both engines are mated to a very well made 5-speed transmission. Then there is the 1.2 litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine with 104bhp and is mated to a beautifully built 7-speed DSG gearbox. This engine is phenomenal in terms of its refinement and performance. The Polo also now comes with a 1.6 litre diesel engine in the TDI GT.
We drove the new 1.2 litre TSI engine with 104bhp and it was a fabulous car. The engine and transmission setup is beautifully engineered to provide a very exciting drive. The car picks up speed very well and accelerates very quickly. You get to feel the power as the automatic gearbox takes you into higher ratios. The suspension setup is also very good also the car is very stable even at very high speeds, and it can reach up to 160kmph without a problem. The steering response is also spot-on and the car handles very well. Overall this is definitely a drivers car, and if you engage the manual sports mode, the car becomes even more responsive. The 1.6 litre GT TDi is also spectacular to drive and the gearbox works just the same, but there is a better initial acceleration in this variant. The non GT variants are much more tamed because they have less power, but the 1.5 TDI is quite good to drive as well because of the torque.
Thanks to the 7 gear ratios, and the highly refined engine, the Polo GT TSI gave us about 13kmpl. The diesel variant however will provide around 15kmpl.
The Polo comes with great features such as speed related power steering, power windows, climate control, an inbuilt audio system and a front centre console.
The GT version also comes with dual front airbags, stability control, and ABS.
The Polo is built by the Germans and so you can expect superior build quality and also great overall quality. Everything is in the right place. There are no vibrations and the cabin is nice. Overall the Polo is one of the better premium hatches in terms of quality.
The GT version is a little bit on the expensive side, but it gives you great value for your money. The other variants are also costly but don’t give you as much value.
If you want a very stable and well built, plus good looking hatch, the Polo is right up there, but the base engine variants don’t have that much power, but they do have phenomenal ride quality and handling. Pay a little extra and go for the GT variant.