It’s the time for limited editions to spruce up sales especially of petrol cars ahead of March – a month when many car companies see a spurt in sales as cars are bought to claim tax benefits. Volkswagen has just launched a limited edition variant of its Polo premium hatchback, called the Volkswagen Polo SR, and priced it at Rs. 6.27 lakh.
This limited-edition Polo SR is based on the Highline petrol variant of the Polo. It comes with a 1.2 litre, three-cylinder petrol engine putting out 74 bhp of power at 5400 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 3750 rpm, with a five-speed manual transmission. There are no mechanical changes to the car, but it comes with an Aero sport body kit incuding SR decals, giving it a sporty look.
The features that the limited edition Polo SR comes with include a rear roof spoiler, side skirts, front airdam, rear bumper skirting, chrome tipped exhaust and sporty 15-inch alloy wheels that nicely fill in the wheel wells. This kit comes at a cost of Rs. 42,000 over the existing Polo Highline, which costs Rs. 5.85 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. Also read: Why the VW Polo sells more than the Skoda Fabia
In fact, the Highline variant of the Polo recently got a features update. The Volkswagen Polo Highline now features automatic climate control (climatronic AC), steering audio controls, updated multi-information display and a new Bluetooth enabled MP3, CD, USB, Aux-in music system (RCD320). The car also has parking sensors as a standard feature now. The Highline variant also comes with alloy wheels (different design), rear fog lamp, front fog lamps, dual front airbags, ABS, power adjustable mirrors, keyless entry, tilt and telescopic steering, blacked out headlamp surrounds that look sporty and chrome garnishing on the grille. Also read: Volkswagen slashes prices of top-end Polo and Vento
Sales of the Volkswagen Polo have seen a spurt in January to 4,579 after a price correction toward the end of 2012 and a 2.27 increase again in January. This limited edition will further boost sales of the car. However, it is still slightly more expensive than the Maruti Swift ZXi, but the Polo now offers slightly more features as well, such as parking sensors and the Bluetooth music system. The Swift only beats the Polo on power and performance right now.
Is the Polo SR a good buy? At the price it is being offered at it is slightly premium. However, looking at the fit and finish, it would be tough to match these accessories perfectly aftermarket. So, if you want that level of customization in your car, go ahead and snap it up. But if you want a car that goes as fast as it looks, wait a few months for the Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI that’s likely to come this year. Also read: Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI hot hatch coming soon