The Germans are known for their obsession with quality and
the new VW Polo is just another tribute to their legacy. For a fan (and owner)
of the previous version of this car, the new Polo is a basket full of delights.
From a more aggressive looking front grill and bumper, to sophisticated chrome
trims the latest from the stables of Volkswagen is all set to thrill.
The New Polo is being offered now with a 1.5 litre pepped up
diesel mill that churns out an astounding 88bhp revving at 4200 revolutions per
minute, enough to throw you back in your seat when you are in the mood to take
off. The engine is smoother now than the previous version and torque flows well
from 1400 rpm up to 5000 rpm after which it begins to tail off. The steering of
the car is more responsive than the previous one and it handles better on curbs
and bends. The suspension does not crash over potholes now as it did in the
previous version of the car, while the brakes have been tweaked to be more
reliable than before.
Volkswagen has changed
the interiors considerably, with a restyled flat bottom steering wheel which is
standard while on the Highline it comes with piano black and chrome accent
finishing. The Highline also comes with a new gear knob which also has piano
black finishing. The two tone beige interiors remain the same but are still
enough to pamper you with leather wrapped steering and hand brake or
comfortable seats courtesy Volkswagen and their quality obsession. The leg room
in the rear seats however has not changed and is insufficient, while visibility
in the rear view mirror still remains poor. The shape of the dash hasn’t
changed but there is a new audio console which is more user-friendly and has a
lot more features such as aux-in, USB, SD card input which comes in the Highline
and the Comfortline. The Highline gets Bluetooth connectivity and voice command
for you mobile devices.
The Highline also comes with an automatic air conditioning
console, while the Trendline and the Comfortline come with a manual air
conditioning. There are some more additional features like one touch up-down
for all four windows on the car. The fuel gauge console has bigger characters
which are now white in color, the diesel variants of the car also come with a
shift indicator. The brightness of all the digital displays in the car now
increases when headlights are off and decreases when headlights are in use for
a more convenient drive experience.
On the outside the car has a few changes which may be easy
to miss unless you look closer. There is a new front bumper which has a
remodeled air dam and a chrome accent over it leaving it looking sleeker than
ever. While the back has a sportier bumper with rear reflectors and a new
license plate carrier. The tail lamp has been made more edgy which goes well with
the overall flow of the car, while there are new dual beam headlamps in the
front. The front grill has been modified slightly with a chrome accent and the
fog lamps are now redesigned with cornering lights.
Quality, comfort and convenience are what the company has
stressed on since the beginning and continue to do so with the new Polo. The
drive on city roads is pleasant even on potholes and broken roads. The car
holds its ground boasting of Volkswagen’s build quality.
88 bhp@ 4200rpm
230 Nm@ 1500-2500rpm
Brake: Front/ Rear
Tyres: Front/ Rear
McPherson Strut /Semi-independent trailing arm
Rs 7,37,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
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