Here is a specifications, design, dimensions and features based comparison between the new Volkswagen Polo and Old Polo.
Volkswagen, the German automaker has finally unveiled the new generation Polo hatchback at an event in Berlin. Based on all-new platform, the new model is now bigger and wider the previous model. The global launch of the vehicle is scheduled towards the end of this year. In India, we have to wait for some-time as VW’s new platform is yet to be locally developed. The new model received several changes over the previous model, and it now looks like a smaller Golf. As the new Polo is set to start its new inning globally, we bring you a spec based comparison between the new and old gen model. (New Volkswagen Polo Vs Old Polo)
Based on the new MQB-A0 platform, the new Polo gets design and feature upgrades. Global model is now equipped with more fuel efficient engines, and the similar sort of changes are also expected in India bound model. As a reminder, the current Polo in India is based on the PQ25 platform that also underpins the Ameo sedan and is priced in the range of Rs 5.45 lakh to Rs 9.32 lakh. With new platform and feature loaded cabin, the new model is expected to cost around 1 lakh more compared to its predecessor. We expect the 2018 Polo to price in the range of Rs 6.5 lakh to Rs 10.5 lakh.
The new model is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0 platform that will also underpin the company’s upcoming compact SUV – T-Cross Breeze. On the other hand, the outgoing model is developed on the PQ25 platform that is also being used to develop VW Ameo. The hatchback receives VW’s new design language that is currently offered in other models including Passat and VW Golf. Featuring unique styling, the hatchback gets a newly designed bumper with integrated spoiler lip, LED headlamps with LED Daytime running lamps.
There is a red winglet on LED headlights that merges on the radiator grille. Other design highights include red brake calipers, side sill extensions and a large roof spoiler in high-gloss black. It also has LED tail-lights, panoramic sunroof and 18-inch alloy wheels. Read More – Volkswagen Virtus Sedan To Replace Vento
The cabin is where the hatchback has received maximum changes. It gets an all-new dashboard design and the top-end model gets virtual cockpit, which we have already seen on the Audi TT. Adding to it, the German automaker is also offering 13 different colors for the dashboard to choice from. It is equipped with an 8.0-inch glass-encased infotainment system with Apple CarPLay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The top-end model has leather-trimmed sport steering wheel with contrasting red stitching, sport seats with ‘Clark’ tartan pattern, ambient lighting etc.
The new model measures 4,053mm in length, 1,751mm in width and 1,446mm in height, which makes it 81mm longer and 63mmm wider than the previous model. However, the height has been reduced by 7mm to improve its aerodynamics. The wheelbase has been increased by 94mm, and it now stands at 2,564mm. The previous model is 3,971mm, 1,682mm, 1,469mm and 2,469mm in length, width, height and wheelbase, respectively. Read More – Volkswagen Tiguan SUV – All You Need To Know
Thanks to its MQB-A0 platform, the new Polo gets larger dimension that also contributes to its spacious cabin. It is claimed to have 15mm and 30mm larger headroom for front and rear occupants. In fact, the legroom and shoulder space has also been increased for rear occupants. The hatchback has a boot space of 351-litres, which is 71-litre more than the previous model.
In global markets, the 2017 Polo will be made available with the choice of 4 petrol and 1 diesel engine. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic unit. Petrol engines include 1.0-litre naturally aspirated, 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged, 1.5-litre TSI and a new 1.5-litre TGI unit. The range-topping models will get a 1.8-litre turbocharged or a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit. Diesel engine will be the same 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbo unit.
As a reminder, the outgoing model is powered by a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated and 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engines. The oil burner is the 1.5-litre TDI unit that also powers the Ameo. It is expected that the India-spec model could get the same engine, but with better fuel efficiency.