Good news for those of you who were waiting to buy a Volkswagen Polo or a Vento. Festive cheer is already here, as the company has added features and slashed the price of the top-end variants of these cars. The Volkswagen Polo Highline diesel is now priced at Rs. 6.94 lakh (against Rs. 7.37 lakh earlier) and the Vento Highline diesel is now available at Rs. 9.89 lakh (against Rs. 10.20 lakh earlier), ex-showroom Delhi. These cars will be available from the second half of September.
However, on the lower Trendline and Comfortline variants of the Polo and the Vento, the price has been increased slightly on both petrol and diesel models to account for a rise in input costs, and to rationalize pricing across model variants. Pricing has gone up by Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 8,000 in the case of the Polo, and by Rs. 11,000 in case of the Vento petrol and by about Rs. 1,500 in case of the diesels. Also see: VW Polo vs. Swift vs. i20
This shift in pricing strategy comes a few days after Arvind Saxena, formerly head of marketing and sales at Hyundai India, took over as managing director Volkswagen Passenger Cars in India. Saxena says, “The introduction of new features in the Polo and the Vento will further excite the customers as both the carlines will offer much more value now.” Volkswagen’s thinking is that the reduction in top-end variant prices will increase volumes of these cars as buyers are increasingly looking for feature-rich cars across brands.
What’s new in the Polo?
So what’s new with the Volkswagen Polo Highline diesel and petrol? The Polo gets new smoked-black headlamps like the international model, new alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with steering mounted audio controls, leather gear lever and handbrake, speed-sensing volume control, music system with USB and Aux-in, as well as optional Bluetooth connectivity.
The addition of these features in addition to the existing power windows, power mirrors (adjust only), remote central locking and rear wash-wipe, make the Polo much better value for money. The car is still about Rs. 18,000 more expensive than a Maruti Swift ZDI, but about Rs. 50,000 cheaper than the Hyundai i20 Asta! Overall, the car is now much better value for money.
These feature additions apply to the Polo Highline diesel and Polo Highline petrol only. No changes to engine specifications. The Polo continues to be powered by a 1.2 petrol engine that puts out 75 bhp of power and a 1.2 diesel engine with 75 bhp of power.
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What’s new with the Vento?
The Volkwagen Vento Highline too gets a bunch of goodies. These include new design alloy wheels, smoked black headlamps (similar to the Polo), four-speaker music system with steering mounted audio controls, and an in-car GPS navigation system with rear-view camera and optional Bluetooth connectivity.
It’s clear that with these feature additions, the Vento Highline is trying to give the segment leader, the Hyundai Verna 1.6 SX a run for its money. Compared to the Hyundai Verna 1.6 SX CRDI (diesel), the Vento Highline TDI (diesel) is now only Rs. 9,000 more expensive than the Verna, but cheaper than the top-end Verna 1.6 SX (O) by about Rs. 64,000. Compared to the Nissan Sunny XV, the Vento Highline diesel is about Rs. 1 lakh more. Volkswagen has also reduced the price of the petrol automatic by about Rs. 23,000, but it’s still about Rs. 12,000 more than the Honda City V automatic.
So while the Polo is much better value for money, the price reduction on the Vento Highline diesel is interesting, but not that big a bargain for buyers. Of course, if you were looking for a Vento Highline diesel, this is a good time to go check out one.
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New prices vs old prices (ex-Delhi)
1.2 Trendline petrol: Rs. 4.89 lakh (+Rs. 22,000)
1.2 Comfortline petrol: Rs. 5.38 lakh (+Rs. 8,000)
1.2 Highline petrol: Rs. 5.84 lakh (–Rs.40,000)
1.2 Trendline diesel: Rs. 5.99 lakh (+Rs. 20,000)
1.2 Comfortline diesel: Rs. 6.48 lakh (+Rs. 6,000)
1.2 Highline diesel: Rs. 6.94 lakh (–Rs. 43,000)
1.6 Petrol Trendline: Rs. 7.29 lakh (+Rs.11,000)
1.6 Petrol Comfortline: Rs.7.75 lakh (+Rs.11,000)
1.6 Petrol Highline: Rs. 8.74 lakh (–Rs. 21,000)
1.6 Petrol Highline AT: Rs. 9.74 lakh (–Rs. 23,000)
1.6 Diesel Trendline: Rs. 8.44 lakh (+Rs.1,000)
1.6 Diesel Comfortline: Rs. 8.91 lakh (+Rs.1,000)
1.6 Diesel Highline: Rs. 9.89 lakh (–Rs. 31,000)
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