The Volkswagen polo took the premium hatchback segment by storm upon its arrival in 2009. It featured a design philosophy which was quite different from the existing vehicles in the market, but what it really scored high on was its superior built quality.
The compact and muscular design characteristics make the Volkswagen Polo look sporty and elegant at the same time. With the recent facelift, the Polo received an additional thick chrome stripe up front which runs along the length of the air damn and is moulded around the fog lamps. There is nothing on the front fascia of the vehicle which might look out of place or inappropriate in term of its styling. The swelled wheel arches flow right across the bottom edges of the door giving them an enhanced look as well, which adds to the beefy appeal of the Polo. At the back things remain simple and stylish with a sculpted bumper and slopping window which incorporates into the boot-lid. The rear window mounted spoiler gives the Volkswagen Polo a sporty feel.
Going by the superior German standards associated with built-quality, the Polo gets a sophisticated and neatly arranged cabin. The black and beige colour scheme contrasts perfectly with the silver inserts that the vehicle has grasped with the recent makeover. The controls mounted on the steering wheel are made of up of piano black material which makes it look graceful and lively simultaneously. The centre console accommodates a standard multimedia system with a small LCD screen, below which is the dial operated air con control unit. As far as storage spaces go, the Volkswagen Polo gets fairly large door pockets and two cup holders at the bottom of the centre console. The rear seats are comfortable and supportive but lacks on the passenger leg-room. Space in the boot is average and can only engulf small luggage.
Engine and performance
The Volkswagen Polo comes with a 1.2 litre petrol motor which churns out 75bhp and 110Nm of torque in the standard avatar. In the GT TSI variant the same engine is turbocharged which takes its power output of 105bhp along with a peal torque of 175Nm. The former gets a 5-speed manual gearbox whereas the later comes with a 7-speed automatic one. The Polo also gets a 1.5 litre diesel engine as well which is capable of producing 90bhp and 230Nm of torque. The same engine is turbocharged to produce 105bhp and 250Nm of peak torque in the GT TDI avatar. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox which transfers the power to the front wheels.
The Polo pitches against the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Fiat Punto, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Tata Bolt and the recently launched Honda Jazz.