Volkswagen Polo, which has received a generation update in the international markets. The all-new Polo will come to India at a later date and Volkswagen has already started investing in production lines that will be equipped to produce the all-new Polo alongside other Volkswagen Group cars. Even though the car will be based on MQB-A0 platform, which is a low-cost derivative of the Volkswagen MQB platform, many features will be shared with the new Polo. Here is a video explaining the differences between the two.
What are the differences?
The new Polo is built from grounds-up. There is no relevance of the all-new Polo with the current generation Polo. Even the iconic silhouette of the vehicle has been updated with the new vehicle. The new Polo is longer, wider and lower in height when compared to the current generation Polo. This gives a very sporty appeal to the vehicle. The headlamps are longer and sleeker too and get full LED set-up. The tail lamps are now smaller that makes the vehicle look bigger.
On the inside, the new Polo has become quite larger in space. It now offers more headroom, knee room and boot space. Volkswagen has updated the vehicle extensively but retains a few characteristic designs.
The dashboard is all-new but as before, it is angled towards the driver seat. The interiors now look much more premium than the previous generation Polo and the quality has also gone up. Volkswagen also allows customisation options by allows the customers to choose the dashboard cover colour and the seat colours but there is no leather seat option as of now.
The infotainment has become bigger from 6.5-inches to 8.5 inches. There are no physical buttons to control the system and everything has been integrated. It also gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The instrument cluster can also be upgraded to a fully-digital system similar to the high-end vehicles like Audi Cockpit. The automatic ac is single climate control.
The car also gets a lot of active safety equipment. Polo now gets driver, passenger and curtain airbags, other safety equipment includes parallel park assist, blind spot detection, rear traffic alert and a rearview camera. All these features are optional.
The cabin insulation has also become better and the car is quieter now. The rear backrest angle also changes and the seats are much more comfortable. The boot space is now deeper and wider than the current generation of Polo.
All these features may not come to India and there is still some time before we can see the all-new vehicle on our roads. However, all these changes are quite substantial and will highlight the Polo in the segment. It currently rivals the likes of Baleno, Elite i20 in the Indian market.