German carmaker Volkswagen unveiled the Polo facelift at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, which is already available on sale in various European nations. This is basically a mid-life facelift which gets some smart tweaks inside and out. The vehicle has already been spotted during its test rounds in the Indian car market and is likely to be launched by the mid-2014. Moreover, VW is also working on a new generation Polo hatchback which is expected to be unveiled by 2015-16. The European spec model is offered in both petrol and diesel options- a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol mill and the 1.4-litre diesel. If media reports to believe, the company will ditch the seven-speed DSG gearbox and will introduce the new generation Polo with a new standard automatic transmission.
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The new model is expected to get the new 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine that churns out a maximum power output of 80bhp. This engine will replace the current 1.6-litre TDI engine and is said to offer a better drivability and fuel economy, and will also attract lower excise duty. The overall shape of the hatchback is similar to the current generation model; however, the company has given some subtle changes to make it look refreshing. The vehicle gets new headlamps with LED inserts and a new, more prominent looking, front bumper which sports chrome strip and new fog lamp assembly. The rear profile of the new Polo has larger asylum for number plate and reflectors on bumper. Inside the cabin, the facelifted Polo gets some new centre console and the electro-mechanical steering wheel. It is equipped with a new colour display and silver accents are given to the all black cabin.
Frequently asked questions on Volkswagen Polo hatchback-
Q. How is the performance of Volkswagen Polo?
Ans: The current model is available in one petrol and two diesel engine options. The gasoline version gets the 1.2-litre engine that produces 74bhp and 110Nm of torque, while the oil burner gets the 1.2-litre TDI engine producing 74bhp and 180Nm of max torque. The performance oriented version is powered by a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder diesel mill that is capable of developing 104bhp and 250Nm of top torque. There is one 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine also on offer which generates 104bhp and 175Nm of torque. All four engine performance well and offers high fuel efficiency. There are little lag on low revs, but all 4 engines works well on high rpms.
Q. What is the engine specification of new Volkswagen Polo?
Ans: The new VW Polo is expected to retain the current engine configuration. However, the current diesel engine will be replaced with the new 1.5-litre engine that is capable of developing 80bhp. The other powertrains include- 74bhp, 1.2-litre petrol and 104bhp, 1.2L turbocharged, and a 1.2-litre diesel engine.
Q. Tell me the safety features in Volkswagen Polo?
Ans: The VW Polo is the country’s safest hatchbacks which is equipped with various high end features. The driver side airbag comes as standard feature, while the top spec model gets dual airbags for both driver and its co-passenger. Other safety equipment includes ABS, electronic stability program, engine immobilizer, child safety lock and many more.
Q. What are the variants of Volkswagen Polo?
Ans: It is available in 9 variants-
Volkswagen Polo petrol variants and prices
Trendline 1.2L (P)- Rs. 4.96 lakhs
Comfortline 1.2L (P)- Rs. 5.54 lakhs
Highline1.2L (P)- Rs. 6.11 lakhs
SR 1.2L (P)- Rs. 6.42 lakhs
GT TSI- Rs. 8 lakhs
Volkswagen Polo Diesel variants and prices
Trendline 1.2L (D)- Rs. 6.05 lakhs
Comfortline 1.2L (D)- Rs. 6.63 lakhs
Highline1.2L (D)- Rs. 7.19 lakhs
GT TDI- Rs. 8.11 lakhs
Q. How many colours are available in Volkswagen Polo?
Ans: The VW Polo is available in five exterior shades- FLash Red, Deep Black, Candy White, Reflex Silver, Shadow Blue and Pepper Grey.
Q. Tell me the power of Volkswagen Polo?
Ans: The Volkswagen Polo is offered in both petrol and diesel guise. The petrol version is available with two engine options- a 1.2-litre engine that develops 74bhp and 110Nm of torque and a 1.2-litre turbocharged engine producing 104bhp and 175Nm. Similarly, the oil burner also gets couple of engines- a 1.2-litre TDI engine that churns out 74bhp of power and 180Nm of torque, and a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder powertrain that is capable of developing 104bhp and 250Nm of torque.
The company will soon launch the new 2014 Polo facelift which will be powered by an all-new 1.5-litre engine that produces 80bhp.
Q. What is the tyre pressure for Volkswagen Polo?
Ans: The standard tyre pressure for the hatchback is 30-35PSI.
Q. What is the mileage of Volkswagen Polo on highways and City?
Ans: While the standard petrol engine returns a good mileage of 14kmpl and 17kmpl in city and on highways, respectively, the performance oriented version delivers an impressive 14.8kmpl and 17.2kmpl of mileage. Its standard diesel engine offers an excellent 19kmpl of fuel economy in city and 22kmpl on highways. The 1.6-litre diesel version has 13.3kmpl and 19.7kmpl of mileage in city and on freeways, respectively.
Q. What is the lowest price or cheapest variant of Volkswagen Polo in India?
Ans: The cheapest petrol Polo variant is Trendline 1.2L (P) which is priced at Rs. 4.96 lakhs, while the lowest priced diesel variant is Trendline 1.2L (D) at Rs. 6.05 lakhs.
Q. What is the acceleration and pick-up of Volkswagen Polo?
Ans: The VW Polo GT TSI accelerates to 100kmph from rest in less than 10 seconds, while the standard petrol model takes around 14 seconds to reach 0-100kmph. On the other hand, the regular diesel version takes less than 15 seconds to cross 100kmph barrier.
Q. What is the waiting period of Volkswagen Polo in India?
Ans: The waiting period of any car depends on variant, colour, dealership and city you choose. Normally, the Polo hatchback has a waiting period of around 1-2 week.
Q. Is Volkswagen Polo available through CSD canteen?
Ans: Likes other Volkswagen products, the Polo is also available through CSD canteen. For further details contact your nearest CSD canteen.
Q. Which is the best engine oil for the Volkswagen Polo?
Ans: We recommend you the 5W30 synthetic engine oil for both the petrol and diesel versions of the hatchback.
Q. Is there an automatic transmission version available in Volkswagen Polo?
Ans: Yes, the top spec petrol model is equipped with seven-speed DSG gearbox which sends the power to front wheels of the hatchback.
Q. Tell me the difference between old Volkswagen Polo and new Volkswagen Polo?
Ans: Well, the overall dimensions of the new Polo and current model is same. However, the new model gets newly designed headlamps with integrated LEDs and a new front bumper. The prominent looking bumper sports chrome strip and new seat of fog lamps. At the back, the licensing plate has larger asylum and bumper gets the reflectors which are missing in current model. Inside the cabin, the new model has newly designed centre console and the electro-mechanical steering wheel.
Q. Does Volkswagen Polo have safety airbags?
Ans: Yes, the driver side airbag is standard in all variants, while the top spec models get dual airbags for driver and its co-occupant.
Q. Is Volkswagen Polo available in diesel version in India?
Ans: Yes, the Polo is available in two diesel engine options- a 1.2L and a 1.6L. The company will replace the 1.6-litre diesel engine with the all-new 1.5-litre engine.
Q. Tell me the boot space of Volkswagen Polo?
Ans: The hatchback has good 280-litres of boot space which can accommodate 3-4 suitcases. The luggage space can be further extended by folding the rear seats.
Q. What is the price of Volkswagen Polo in India?
Ans: The entry level VW Polo is priced at Rs. 4.96 lakh, while the top-of-the line model is tagged at Rs. 8.11 lakh.
Q. Is LPG/CNG versions available of Volkswagen Polo in India?
Ans: No, the vehicle is only available in petrol and diesel fuel options.
Q. What is the launch date of new 2014 Volkswagen Polo facelift in India?
Ans: The exact launch date is yet to be announced, but we expect it to be launched by the mid-2014.
Q. What is the fuel tank capacity of Volkswagen Polo?
Ans: The hatchback has a good fuel tank capacity of 45-litres.
Q. Does Volkswagen Polo have power steering?
Ans: Yes, the Polo hatchback gets power steering with tilt and telescopic adjustment function.
Q. What is the top speed of Volkswagen Polo?
Ans: While the performance oriented GT TSI Polo remains stable at a top speed of 190kmph, the standard petrol and diesel models catches a top speed of around 150-160kmph.