Updated: July 17, 2014 10:27:19 pm
The new 2014 Polo has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 4.99 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. A total of nine different versions will be on offer along with four different engine options.
The new Polo gets mild cosmetic changes on the outside. Up front, the changes include a new grille, new front bumper with integrated fog lamps as well as segment first cornering lights and re-designed headlamps. At the back, the new Polo gets a revised bumper with integrated license-plate carrier and reflectors. The new model also gets redesigned wheel covers and new 15-inch alloy wheels on the top end version.
On the inside, the new Polo gets new fabrics for seat upholstery, a sportier steering wheel and silver-painted centre console. The font for the speedometer console has been changed as well. Further on, all versions come with dual front airbags as standard. ABS is being offered as standard on all but the base versions.
The petrol Polo will come with a choice of a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder or a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder engine. Both these are carried forward from the earlier version. The 3-cylinder unit is offered in three trim levels while the more powerful 4-cylinder unit, called GT TSI, is offered only in one trim level and also comes with a 7-speed DSG gearbox. This engine is turbocharged and puts out 105PS of power.
The diesel units are all new. There are two different options and while the engine capacity is same (1498cc), the 1.5 TDI puts out 90PS of power and the 1.5 GT TDI puts out 105PS of power. The 90PS version is offered in three trim levels while the 105PS version is offered in only one version.
The ARAI certified economy figure for the 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol unit stands at 16.74kmpl. The more powerful 105PS GT TSI version gets a certified economy of 17.21kmpl.
The 90PS diesel engine has a rated economy of 20.14kmpl while the 105PS GT TDI unit comes with a rating of 19.91kmpl.
Volkswagen has come up with the new 1.5-litre diesel motor for two main reasons. The 90PS diesel unit replaces the old 1.2-litre 75PS unit and hence offers far better performance. Second reason was the excise duties on small cars which requires a diesel engine to be under 1500cc. The older GT TDI was a larger engine and hence this new 1.5-litre unit can help lower the overall cost of the car. Sadly, this has not translated into lower prices.
Mechanically, the Polo remains the same and offers one of the best combinations of ride and handling in the segment. Interiors continue to come with high quality materials and this car feels like a mature and bigger machine once on the move. It is also the only premium hatchback in its segment in India, which has a 4-Star NCAP safety rating for adult occupant protection.
Prices for the new Polo
1.2-litre 75PS from Rs 4.99 lakh
1.2 litre GT TSI – 7.99 lakh
1.5-litre 90PS from Rs 6.27 lakh
1.5-litre 105PS GT TDI – Rs 7.99 lakh
Cross Polo – Rs 7.90 lakh
Sale and delivery of the GT TSI, GT TDI and Cross Polo models will start from September.
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