2014 Volkswagen Polo Facelift Launched in India

Volkswagen India has just launched the facelifted version of the 2014 Polo hatchback. Prices start from 4.99 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. The Polo Facelift has already begun reaching Volkswagen showrooms across India and customer deliveries will begin from later today. Volkswagen India will launch more powerful versions of the facelifted Polo, the GT TSI and the GT TDI models next month. Accompanying these cars will be the Cross Polo, which also gets the new 1.5 liter TDI engine, albeit in 88.7 Bhp-230 Nm state of tune.

The variant wise, ex-showroom Delhi, “introductory” price details of the 2014 Volkswagen Polo Facelift are listed below:

  • Polo 1.2 MPI – 4.99 – 6.07 lakh rupees
  • Polo 1.5 TDI – 6.27 – 7.37 lakh rupees
  • Cross Polo 1.5 TDI – 7.90 lakh rupees
  • Polo GT TSI – 7.99 lakh rupees
  • Polo GT TDI – 7.99 lakh rupees

Interestingly, the prices of the petrol variants of the Polo, although introductory in nature, are slightly lower than those of the pre-facelift version. However, the prices of the diesel powered Polo, sees a minor increase, over those of the pre-facelift version.

Another interesting aspect is the pricing of the GT TDI variant, which now qualifies for a lower excise duty due to the downsized diesel engine. However, Volkswagen India doesn’t seem to have passed on the duty benefits to the Polo GT TDI’s pricing, a bummer really considering the fact that the car comes with the regular 5 speed manual gearbox and not the DSG automatic gearbox as anticipated earlier.

The car features styling revisions on the exteriors and interiors. The headlamps are new items and so are the adaptive fog lamps. The car gets a new front grille and bumper job, along with a new alloy wheel design and a re-profiled rear bumper. The Polo gets two new paint shades – Blue and Orange.

The inside of the car greets one with a new, flatter steering that is a sporty touch while the instrumentation console gets a mild refresh with the Multi Information Display now displaying engine temperature. The center console gets satin accents while the seat fabric has also seen a revision.

While lower variants get an all-black dashboard finish, the top end variants gets a beige-black dual tone finish. Airbags are standard on all variants of the car while ABS+EBD is standard on the mid and top end variants.

The Polo Diesel sees significant mechanical changes, with the 1.2 liter-3 cylinder TDI turbo diesel engine making way for the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder TDI motor. The new engine outputs 88.7 Bhp-230 Nm, a big step up from the 75 Bhp-180 Nm output of the smaller diesel engine. The new engine is rated at an ARAI certified fuel efficiency figure of 20.15 Kmpl.

The new turbo diesel engine is mated to a five speed manual gearbox. The new turbo diesel engine is expected to make the Polo Diesel more appealing, especially in terms of drive-ability and refinement. The 1.2 liter-3 cylinder MPI petrol engine remains unchanged, and retains its 75 Bhp-110 Nm outputs and 16.47 Kmpl fuel efficiency, along with a 5 speed manual transmission.

The GT TSI and GT TDI models retain their 103 Bhp-175 Nm and 103 Bhp-250 Nm outputs respectively, with ARAI fuel efficiency figures rated at 17.21 Kmpl and 19.91 Kmpl respectively. Localization levels of the Polo Facelift stands at 70 % and the engines are still imported into India. Volkswagen does have plans of setting up an engine manufacturing factory at Chakan, after which the Polo’s localization level is expected to hit the 90 % mark.