August 22, 2013: The wait for the much anticipated Volkswagen Cross Polo has finally come to an end, as the company has today rolled out the car in the country for Rs 7.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) , which makes it about 60,000 costlier than the top-of-the-line Polo Highline diesel variant. Originally based on the Polo Hatchback, the Cross Polo is a sportier and more rugged version of the former. And what makes it look rugged both in looks and nature are 14mm longer height, 16-inch alloys, black plastic moulding around the wheel arches, revised grille with a single slat and few other changes. The car has also received roof rails, which makes it look even more aggressive. However, the engine remains the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder diesel engine, which also does its duty on the Polo diesel.The VW Cross Polo as been made available in three colours- Flash Red, Deep Black pearl and Reflex Silver.
The German auto major Volkswagen has rolled out yet another variant in the polo lineup with a lot of sporty elements. This brand new variant is christened as Volkswagen Cross Polo 1.2 TDI and it is offered with the same 1.2-litre TDI diesel engine, which is currently under the hood of Highline diesel variant. The company introduced this new variant with three exterior paint options, which include a Flash Red, Reflex Silver and a Deep Black Pearl metallic finish. These color shades with “Cross” elements bring a powerful new look to this four wheeler. This sporty looking four wheeler is a little bigger in terms of size with increased length, width and height as well. This new hatchback has been crafted for the car enthusiasts, who prefer sporty and aggressive looking vehicles. In comparison to the existing Polo Highline variant, this Volkswagen Cross Polo has been offered with additional set of aspects including “Cross” grille with chrome accents, front and rear “Cross” bumpers with silver accents, silver roof rails, silver coated ORVMs, new “Cross” decals on rear doors and Livion Titanium Black upholstery. With such new aspects, exterior modifications and aggressive pricing, Volkswagen Cross Polo is going to give tough competition to the other manufacturers in the premium hatchback segment. Powering this new premium hatchback model from Volkswagen is the same 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder TDI diesel engine that is currently powering the existing Volkswagen Polo Highline variant.
The engine produces a displacement capacity of about 1199cc that enables it to churn out 73.9bhp and yields 180Nm of peak torque, which is distributed to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. The company claims that the hatch has got the ability to return a maximum mileage of about 22.07kmpl (as certified by ARAI), which is very good. This Volkswagen Cross Polo hatch comes with a 45 litres of fuel storage capacity, which means distance travel will be joyful without obstructions. The new premium hatch has not just been modified in terms of exteriors but also got a few updates inside the cabin. The company has changed the upholstery to the superior Livon Titanium Black fabric that brings a sporty new feel. The rear end of the interior cabin section of the hatch has got a trunk space of about 280 litres, which can be further increased to a staggering 952 litres by folding away the 60:40 configured second row of seats. To keep the luggage secure in that voluminous boot, Volkswagen provides four tie-down straps to buckle the baggage up along with two side-mounted hooks to keep them in their position. That was about the arrangements made available after the luggage enters the car. For putting it all up in the trunk with complete ease, the car provides a dual cargo floor that can be adjusted to two different heights to create a convenient loading plane. This explains that the engineers at Volkswagen Group has taken every effort to make this unique hatch not only strong enough to handle the roughest of terrains but also to be of absolute comfort and convenience to the occupants seated in the cabin. Apart from this, most of the interiors and its features remain same compared to the Polo Highline variant. As far as the looks are concerned, the all new Volkswagen Cross Polo 1.2 TDI has a crossover inspired look with elements of existing version of Polo hatch. It looks sportier and aggressive from every angle that will grab the attention of sports car enthusiasts.
The designers at the company has made this Cross Polo to look strong and sturdy, not just in looks, but also in build quality. Its exterior design, especially its front facade is extremely sportive and powerful because of the “Cross” design elements. This new design element brings it a kind of compact crossover look. The front facade of this hatch gets the new “Cross” grille with chrome assents, while it is surrounded by smoked style headlight clusters. Chrome plated company logo has been incorporated to the radiator grille. The company has fitted under the hood with a new style “Cross” bumper with silver color coated cladding. This new design bumper has been incorporated with perforated air dam along with round shaped fog lights. From the side profile, it flaunts a sporty set of 15-inch alloy wheels, housed in large wheel arches that will be outlined with black plastic molded extensions just like the bumpers and the side sills. Accentuating the sporty and aggressive nature of the five door ride will be a pair of silver coated roof rails and ORVMs that add a lot of sporty elements and increase the overall height of about 21mm in comparison to the current model of Polo. This will further add more sporty characteristics and sporty crossover persona to this model. The side profile is more sportier and bolder as it has been fitted with black side claddings and black molded covers for rocker panel. The rear end of the premium hatch too gets the new “Cross” bumper with silver coated bumper cladding fitted under it. Loaded with all these tools, technologies and gadgetries, Volkswagen Cross Polo will be competing against the compact SUVs like Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport.
The exteriors of this newly launched Volkswagen Cross Polo 1.2 TDI have been done up with flamboyance and has some very exciting and utility based features. The company designers have put in a lot of effort, which shows in the overall appearance of this stylish hatchback. The front fascia of this latest Volkswagen Cross Polo hatch has a compactly designed radiator grille, which has a thick horizontal slat that is finished in chrome. There is also a prominent VW badge, which is embedded in the center of this grille. This radiator grille has been surrounded by a bright head light cluster, which is powered with high intensity halogen lamps. Below this is the front bumper that has been trimly designed and has a wide perforated black matte colored air dam, which helps in cooling the diesel engine faster. This air dam is flanked by a pair of bright round shaped fog lamps, which further enhances the visibility of the driver in the dark. The front wind screen is made up of a toughened laminated glass and has been equipped with a pair of efficient intermittent wiper that has a wash function as well. Coming to the side profile, which has been done in a smooth and lustrous manner has black matte colored body cladding, which gives a completely different and distinct look to this hatchback. This protective cladding is is all around this vehicle on the lower half, which includes the door side sills, wheel arches and on the front and rear bumper as well. This cladding is giving this Volkswagen Cross Polo 1.2 TDI a formidable and rugged stance all over. The pronounced and astutely carved out wheel arches are fitted with a set of modish 15 inch light alloy wheels, which have a classy five spoke design.
These stylish alloy rims are covered with superior quality tubeless radial tyres, which have a better road grip on any terrain. This Volkswagen Cross Polo hatchback also gets a scruff plate that is done up in a dull silver finish and adds to the looks of this crossover. The other distinctive feature is the set of silver anodized roof rails on the top, which are making this newly launched hatchback look sporty. The roof of this of this crossover also gets mounted antenna for better reception of the FM Radio, which enhances the in-cabin quotient for the passengers. The rear end is sleek and has a large wind screen that has a defogger and a rear wiper along with a wash function as well. The tail lamp cluster is brilliant and there is also a high mounted stop lamp integrated, which adds to the safety aspect of this crossover. The rear bumper gets a pair of reflectors and the tail gate can be opened by pressing the large VW logo that is embedded in the center of the boot lid. The VW Cross Polo also gets a silver diffuser that adds to the urbane and up market looks of this crossover.
The newly introduced Volkswagen Cross Polo hatchback has got slightly bigger in terms of size with increased length, width and height. However, there is no change in terms of its wheel base and it comes with the same 2456mm. It has the overall length of about 3987mm along with the overall width of about 1698mm. The height of this hatchback is at 1474mm in comparison to the 1453mm of the existing Polo model. There is no increase in terms of ground clearance and it comes at 168mm.
Ed's Take: The interiors of the Cross Polo are the same like the Polo. The rear seat has less space especially the knee room if you are a tall person.
Along with the striking exteriors of the latest Volkswagen Cross Polo 1.2 TDI, the company has also done the insides of this crossover with lavishness and sophisticated features. To start with, the seating arrangement is quite comfortable and this crossover can take in five passengers comfortably in it. The seats are well cushioned and have been covered with top quality upholstery as well. The rear seats can be folded to increase the boot space, which will help in bringing more luggage. The interior color scheme is trendy and there is ample leg room along with head and shoulder space for giving the occupants a relaxing and memorable driving experience. The Cross Polo hatchback also has a lot of small and practical storage spaces, which add to the advantage of the passengers. There are bottle and cup holders along with map pockets and also a large glove box to keep a few important things at hand. The VW Cross Polo hatch also has a rear parcel tray that will add to the utility aspect of this car. There is also a music system with a MP3 player along with other options such as an Aux-in port and a USB interface as well along with speakers and also a remote control, which enhance the in-cabin ambience. The top end version in this lineup is also expected to get steering mounted controls and Bluetooth connectivity as well, which will augment the comfort factor for the buyers. The dashboard is designed rather stylishly and is made up from top quality plastic and other materials, while the instrument cluster is quite brilliant with all the dials, meters as well as the other notification and warning lamps are clearly visible and very easy to read with a single glance. The complete instrument cluster has been given radiant white back lighting illumination, which adds to the elegance of the interiors. All these and many more such incredible aspects put together make the insides of this aggressive hatchback rather wonderful and makes it look stunning.
The company has rolled out this new crossover inspired hatch with all the features and utilities that were offered in Highline trim of the existing Polo line up. Thus, one can expect for all the top of the line features inside this new model as well. However, the seats have been covered with premium Livon Titanium Black upholstery that gives a fresh new feel to the customers inside. There is space for at least five passengers inside the cabin along with several comfort features. The list of its comfort aspects include a lane rear parking sensor that actively assists the driver while parking, a multifunction steering wheel with mounted controls that give the luxury of handling audio controls while driving, speed sensing auto door locks, opening and closing of windows with remote key, remote control central locking and a multifunction display that offers information about traveling time, distance traveled, digital speed display, average speed, fuel economy, service interval, outside temperature and clock and more. This new model in the automobile market also comes with a sophisticated 2-DIN music system that allows you to connect USB devices and other Auxiliary input accessories. The audio system also gets a SD card slot and Bluetooth connectivity, which will take the level of comfort and entertainment to a new level. The occupants inside this Volkswagen Cross Polo hatch will also get the luxury of adjusting outside rear view mirrors electrically. Also there are power windows front and rear with one touch up and down function. The rear defogger and the rear windshield wiper will enhance the visibility of rear in uneven weather conditions. There are other noticeable features offered with this four wheeler that includes high quality scratch resistant dashboard, sunglass holder inside glove box, ash tray in front, single folding rear seat backrest, leather wrapping on steering wheel, gearshift knob and handbrake lever handle and many other such aspects.
This newly launched hatchback is very spacious from inside and take in five passengers with ease. There is ample amount of leg space for both front and rear passengers along with pertinent knee room and elbow space as well. The height of this hatchback is also very good and there is a decent amount of head space for all the occupants.
Ed's Take: The acceleration of the Cross Polo is decent, and it doesn’t do justice in city driving.
As mentioned above, the Cross Polo continues to derive its power from the same 1.2-litre TDI diesel engine, so the acceleration of the car is decent. The Volkswagen Cross Polo has the ability to reach a top speed of about 164.1kmph; however, after 130kmph mark, it starts losing the confidence. On the other hand, this hatch can break the 100kmph speed barrier in just about 14.4 seconds. Considering its overall weight and engine size, the acceleration and pickup of this car seems to be very good in comparison to the other hatchbacks of same segment in the Indian automobile market.
Ed's Take: The performance of the Cross Polo could have been better. The engine has a good amount of turbo lag and this can be felt.
This newly introduced Volkswagen Cross Polo is capable of delivering decent power and performance. Its engine has been designed with an advanced technology that assures durability and reliable performance. It has been fitted with the 1.2-litre TDI diesel power house that produces 1199cc of displacement capacity. This TDI, Common Rail Direct Injection diesel mill has the ability to produce a maximum 73.9bhp at 4200rpm, while yielding a maximum 180 Nm of peak torque at 2000rpm. The engine is capable of achieving a top speed of about 164.1kmph, while breaching 100Kmph mark in just about 14.4 seconds. The power is distributed to the front wheels via 5-speed manual gearbox and returns a maximum mileage of about 22.07kmpl.
Ed's Take: The mileage of the Cross Polo is similar to the 1.2-litre diesel engine on the Polo, highly-efficient.
This newly launched Volkswagen Cross Polo hatchback comes with a 1.2-litre diesel mill. This engine has been integrated with a turbocharged direct injection based fuel supply system, which aids in generating a healthy mileage. The company claims that this Volkswagen Cross Polo 1.2 TDI has the ability to churn out a healthy 22.07kmpl , when driven under standard conditions, which has also been approved by the ARAI.
Ed's Take: The power produced by this oil burner is good on paper as producing 75bhp from a 1.2-litre diesel is good.
The company has launched this all new Volkswagen Cross Polo with a 1.2-litre TDI diesel engine, which is borrowed from the existing Volkswagen Polo Highline variant. This engine is quite powerful that has the ability to displace 1199cc of cubic capacity . This diesel engine has been incorporated with 3 cylinders and 12 valves that enable the engine to unleash a maximum power of about 73.9bhp at 4200rpm and yields a maximum torque of about 180Nm of torque at 2000rpm. This engine power is transmitted to the front wheels through a 5 speed manual gearbox, which will make it perkier in terms of acceleration and pickup.
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Ed's Take: The Cross Polo gets steering mounted audio controls with Bluetooth connectivity on the integrated music system.
The Volkswagen Cross Polo 1.2 TDI is the crossover inspired hatchback that is loaded with lots of exterior and interior updates. The company itself is offering a list of accessories that will be good enough to meet the requirements of the customers. However, if you are still looking to add more features then you can select from a list of accessories that will improve the comforts as well as looks of the hatch . Inside the hatch, you can opt for leather seating upholstery, which will give a wonderful feel inside the cabin. Also there are many more exterior features that will give a fresh new feel.
Ed's Take: The handling characteristics of the Cross Polo are brilliant as it based on the Polo platform that is also used in the Polo Cup Racing.
This Volkswagen Cross Polo has been bestowed with a proficient braking and superior handling mechanism that works exceptionally well in all conditions. Its front wheels are fitted with the disc brakes, while its rear wheels have been assembled with drum brakes. The braking mechanism is further enhanced by ABS (Anti-lock braking system) that prevents locking of wheels and reduces the risks of skidding on slippery roads. As far as the handling aspects are concerned, it will be very simple for the driver as the car stays steady and agile on roads. Its front axle has been assembled with McPherson Strut type of suspension system along with stabilizer bar. The rear axle has been bestowed with Semi Independent trailing arm type of suspension mechanism, which will eventually enhance the handling aspects of this four wheeler.
Ed's Take: The safety features on the Cross Polo are airbags and ABS.
Inside the new Cross Polo hatch, there is a speed sensitive electronic power steering system, which will respond immediately according to the driver and makes it simpler to handle this hatch in peak traffic conditions. On the other hand, this hatchback has got some of the mind blowing safety aspects that assure protection of the passengers and to the car as well. The list of its safety aspects include front under-body guard, height adjustable headrests (front and rear), electronic engine immobilizer with a floating code, emergency exit, front and rear fog lights, ABS, dual frontal air bags, pinch guard safety for all 4 power windows, high mount third brake light, interior rear view mirror and many more sophisticated functions.
The company has fitted the wheel arches of the new Volkswagen Cross Polo hatchback with a stylish set of 15 inch five spoke alloy wheels that adds sporty new look to its side profile. The alloy wheels are further covered with tubeless radial tyres that assures commanding grip even on slippery roads.
1. Sophisticated functional features adds to its advantage.
2. After sales service quality is quite good.
3. Safety aspects are at par with other competitors.
4. Internal cabin is quite roomy with good leg and shoulder space.
5. External appearance is very sleek and lustrous.
1. Leather seat upholstery can be offered as standard.
2. Engine starts to vibrate at high speed.
3. Interior design looks a bit outdated.
4. Acceleration and pickup are not up to the mark.
5. Lack of petrol engine option is a drawback.
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