The Volkswagen Polo range has received an update in India. The updates run right through the hatchback’s various variants, from the regular Polo to the Cross Polo and the GT twins. Coming right at the beginning of the festive season, a time when car demand peaks, these updates are meant to make the Polo more attractive to the hatchback buyer in India.
1. While the engines and gearboxes remain untouched, wing mirrors with integrated turn indicators are now standard across the Polo range sold in India. This is the only change incorporated on the Trendline and Comfortline variants.
2. The Highline trims of the Polo and Polo Cross, and the Polo GT models now feature a cooled glovebox, cruise control and electrically retracting wing mirrors. Notably, cruise control is a best-in-class feature.
Meanwhile, here are ex-showroom Mumbai prices of the updated Polo variants.
Volkswagen Polo 1.2 MPI – INR 5.23 lakhs onwards, Polo 1.5 TDI – INR 6.55 lakhs onwards, Cross Polo 1.2 MPI – INR 7.04 lakhs onwards, Cross Polo 1.5 TDI – INR 8.31 lakhs onwards, Polo GT TSI – INR 8.41 lakhs onwards and Polo GT TDI – INR 8.41 lakhs onwards.
Which Polo for you?
If you drive for under 1,500 a kilometers a month, you’ve got to pick up a petrol version of the Polo. The 1.2 liter-3 cylinder MPI petrol engine with 74 Bhp-110 Nm is a decent performer on city streets and only comes up lacking on highways. If you want a faster petrol powered Polo, choosing the GT TSI variant with 103 Bhp-175 Nm, would be a good bet. The GT TSI variant also adds a boat load of convenience in the form of the blazingly quick 7 speed automatic gearbox.
If you drive more than 1,500 Kms a month, a diesel powered Polo is a better choice. If you’re on a tight budget, opt for the regular TDI variants of the car. If going fast yet frugally is your cup of tea the 1.5 GT TDI turbo diesel engined Polo with 103 Bhp-250 Nm on tap is what you should be buying. For those who want some more masculinity to the Polo’s looks, the Cross variants of the car make sense. The diesel variants of the Polo come standard with a 5 speed manual gearbox, which is also standard on the 1.2 MPI petrol variants.