The modern age is a funny one. Small hatchbacks are becoming
larger and SUVs now come in pint sizes. In the midst is a curious amalgam of
compact hatchbacks. Volkswagen wants to start a new trend with the new Cross
Polo, which actually lands up somewhere as a mixture of all of these. Let’s be
honest here, very few people actually want to do the hardcore off-road bit, and
they use specialised vehicles with chunky tyres and 4 wheel drive. The only
reason we want small SUVs is that we want to feel adventurous, while driving to
the grocery store.
The Polo is a handsome looking car, nearly perfect as a
hatchback. The Cross Polo in essence is the same as the Polo. What
differentiates it is the plastic cladding at the bottom around the entire car.
This does increase the length, breadth and height of the Cross Polo over the
regular one by tiny proportions. The nicest thing about this hatch is that it
looks distinct on our roads. An appeal similar to this was generated by the
long gone Tucson, the rugged SUV from Hyundai. It looks tough and surely will
take minor bumps and scraps with ease. Our beef is that the international Cross
Polo comes with 17 inch alloy wheels, which are not offered here. We promise
you they look stunning. While the 15 inchers offered in India look very small
considering the muscles on this car, it’s got the Johnny Bravo looks and we all
We need to come straight at it, no changes here at all. The
only new thing here is the fabric upholstery called Livon. Everything that one
finds in the Highline trim of the Polo is here. But then you do get everything
that you need---- climate control, audio system with four speakers, steering
mounted controls, height adjustable driver’s seat and more. The dashboard
matches the appeal of the car, strong and tough. Everything fits well and will
stand the test of time. The steering wheel, gear knob and the handbrake lever
get wrapped in fantastically stitched leather. The outside rear view mirrors
can be electrically adjusted from a knob on the driver’s door.
No surprises here again. The engine is the same 1.2 litre
diesel unit powering the TDI Polo. Since it s a 3-cylinder diesel, it is not
very quick or responsive, but it is right there where needed. The International
variant’s 1.6 litre unit would have been a scorcher in this car, but so would
have been the price. At low speeds the 1.2 litre TDI feels gutless and you need
to work the gearbox while driving in traffic. However the performance is very
satisfying on open roads or on the highway. The Cross Polo will comfortably
return 18km to a litre of diesel. The engine is noisy but the noise isolation
levels are pretty good, as you do not get to hear that once inside the car. The
Cross Polo wins aces when it comes to handling bad bits of the tarmac. Driving
over broken roads does not disturb the composure of the car. It doesn’t exactly
irons out bumps, but rather smashes them down with a steel fist.
The Cross Polo is yet again a breath of fresh air. To be
honest it will not rack up a lot of sales for Volkswagen, but will be bought by
people looking for a change than the regular crowd of hatchbacks. If you look
for value for money before personal opinion, the Cross Polo is not for you.
This hatch is for people who place individuality and personal taste in the hot
seat, and not sheer numbers.
CROSS POLO SPECIFICATIONS
Fuel Tank Capacity
strut with stabiliser bar/Semi-independent trailing arm
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