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Volkswagen India needed to make an impact in the Indian market, and to do this they needed a hot seller and the perfect way to do this was to bring in a hot hatch. The Polo is that very car and its quite a good looking and well performing car. The exterior gets a fresh, modern and very sporty design with sharp features and a low strong stance on the road. The interiors are simplistic but they work really well and the many engine variants on offer allow the Indian customer to choose exactly what he or she desires. The overall drive quality of the car is really good, and if you are looking for performance then the 1.6 litre petrol will pump up your heart rate. The Polo is definitely one of the top hatches available in the market and it is priced quite competitively, but the smaller engines just don’t have that grunt and the 1.6 litre is priced really high. Overall the quality of the interiors and exterior parts are good and you can never go wrong with German engineering.
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Volkswagen Polo Expert Review

Car Rating MethologyRatings
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  • Design & Styling
  • 14/15
  • Interiors
  • 9/10
  • Engine & Transmission
  • 9/10
  • Performance and Handling
  • 14/15
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • 9/10
  • Features
  • 9/10
  • Safety
  • 5/5
  • Quality & Reliability
  • 9/10
  • Value for Money
  • 14/15
  • Overall Score
  • 92/100
Introduction

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.

Volkswagen Polo Exterior View

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.

Design & Styling

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.

Interiors

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.

Volkswagen Polo Interior View

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.

Engine & Transmission

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.

Performance and Handling

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.

Fuel Efficiency

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.

Features

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.

Safety

The GT version also comes with dual front airbags, stability control, and ABS.

Quality & Reliability

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.

Value for Money

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.

Verdict

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.

Volkswagen Polo User Reviews

2010 Volkswagen Polo 1.2L Comfortline (Petrol)

Review #389 Reviewed on Sep 24, 2012

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P S Anand

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The car is fabulous. I have done 50,000 kms on it. But after sales service is a big issue. The service providing companies are not able to do justice to the world class standards of this car. With weak consumer laws in India, the parent company and the service providers get away with a lot of things at the cost of the car owners. Volkswagen does not have a proper consumer redressal mechanism. All complaints to their customer care contacts are referred to the dealer. There is not a single phone number or contact to deal directly with Volkswagen on their website. The toll free numbers are a joke. Another big issue I have with Volkswagen are their criminal labor charges and cost of spares. I would rate these as EXORBITANT. But someone like me who has been a hatchback and small car wallah for the last 30 years I have found that the same spares sold by Volkswagen are also available in local spare market shops. Will definitely get rid of the car once the 4 year extended warranty lapses. I have also been duped into BUMPER TO BUMPER insurance by my dealer only to find myself paying through my nose when my font wind-shield cracked.

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