January 15th, 2014: Volkswagen India has launched a new variant, the beefed up version of Polo hatchback, the Cross Polo . Featuring the same 1.2-litre petrol mill that puts out 74bhp and 110Nm, the new trim is christened as Cross Polo 1.2 MPI. Volkswagen has priced the crossover at INR 6.94 lacs (ex-showroom Mumbai) and its bookings are open from today. The Cross Polo competes against the likes of Toyota Etios Cross, Fiat Avventura and soon-to-be launched Hyundai Elite i20 Cross.
Volkswagen Motors is German auto major, which has established itself in all over the world. It has a magnificent fleet of cars in the Indian car market. Among them Volkswagen Cross Polo is one of the most peppy and captivating compact crossover. Earlier it is being sold with diesel engine only but the company has recently rolled out a petrol variant for increasing the sales. This hatchback has been crafted for car enthusiasts, who prefer sporty and aggressive looking vehicles. It is competing against the likes of Toyota Etios Cross, Fiat Avventura and others in this segment. The exteriors of this vehicle have been fitted with a lot of styling aspects, which makes it look captivating. Its frontage is designed with a bold radiator grille with chrome accents, exclusive bumpers with silver accents, silver roof rails, ORVMs with electrical adjustment function and new 'Cross' decals on rear doors. It also has a trendy headlight cluster with bright halogen lamps, a set of alloy wheels, a large windscreen and many other such aspects. The frontage has a slanting bonnet with a few visible character lines and is also embossed with a prominent company logo. At the same time, the company has given it a spacious internal cabin owing to its large wheelbase of 2469mm. It can easily accommodate five passengers and provide ample leg space along with head room. The internal cabin is done up with utmost care and fitted it with a driver oriented cockpit featuring an intuitive instrument and switch layout. It is incorporated with well cushioned seats and integrated with adjustable head restraints, while driver and front co-passenger seat are electrically adjustable. It has dual tone dashboard completes the overall look and is equipped with AC vents, glove box and a three spoke steering wheel with multifunctional switches. For keeping the driver updated, it has an advanced supervision cluster, which helps in accessing the a range of user settings. As far as its safety features are concerned, it is equipped with SRS airbags, advanced engine immobilizer, seat belt pretensioner, central locking system and so on. This vehicle has a rigid body structure with crumple zones that reduces the impact of collision. In terms of technical specifications, its 1198cc petrol engine has the ability of churning out a maximum power and torque outputs of 73.9bhp and 110Nm respectively. On the other hand, its 1498cc diesel power plant can produce 88.7bhp along with 230Nm of torque. Both these engines are cleverly mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which enhances its performance. Its braking mechanism is further enhanced by ABS along with EBD, which prevents the vehicle from wheel locking in case of sudden braking. The manufacturer is offering this crossover with a standard warranty of two years or unlimited Kilometers. At the same time, the owners can also avail an extended warranty of one year or 80000 Kilometers at a nominal cost paid to authorized dealer.
The company has given this Volkswagen Cross Polo model series an aerodynamic body structure. Its exteriors have been done up with flamboyance and fitted with some exciting features. Starting with the front fascia, it has bold radiator grille, which has a couple of horizontal positioned chrome plated slats. It is embossed with a prominent company logo in the center. This grille is surrounded by a trendy headlight cluster, which is powered by halogen lamps and side turn indicator. Just below this, it has a dual tone bumper that has been trimly designed and has a wide perforated black matte colored air dam for cooling the engine faster. This air dam is flanked by a pair of bright round shaped fog lamps, which further enhances the visibility of the driver. 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. There is a couple of character lines on the bonnet creates a distinct look. Coming to the side profile, it is elegantly designed with black side cladding along with molded covers for wheel arches and rocker panel. Its door handles are in body color, while outside rear view mirrors are in silver finish. These external wing mirrors are electrically adjustable and integrated with side turn indicator. The pronounced wheel arches are fitted with a modish set of-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 road conditions. The other distinctive feature is the set of silver anodized roof rails, which are making this hatchback's look sporty. The roof of this of this crossover also gets an antenna for better reception of the FM Radio. The rear end is neatly designed with a curvy boot lid, which is embossed with variant badging and VW logo. Its windscreen is quite large and has a defogger along with wash and wipe function. It also has a sporty roof spoiler, which is integrated with a high mounted stop lamp. The tail lamp cluster is brilliantly designed and it is equipped with halogen based reverse light and turn indicators. The rear bumper is in dual tone finish and houses a pair of bright reflectors. It is also accompanied by a silver colored cladding, which prevents it from any minor damages. All these features put together makes it a good looking vehicles in it segments.
The company has designed this compact crossover with a large wheelbase of 2469mm, which ensures a spacious cabin inside. Its overall length is about 3987mm along with a total width of 1698mm and a decent height of 1483mm. The minimum ground clearance of this vehicle is about 165mm, which is quite good for this segment. Its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 5.4 meters, which is quite good for this segment.
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.
The internal cabin of this compact crossover is incorporated with a number of features, which gives it a plush feel. It is equipped with well cushioned seats, which are covered with premium upholstery. These seats provide ample leg room for all passengers that gives a comfortable driving experience. The rear seat comes with split foldable function, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. The seats are integrated with adjustable head restraints, which adds to the convenience. At the same time, the driver seat has electric adjustment function and it comes with proper lumbar support. The manufacturer has blessed this crossover with a lot of utility based aspects like bottle holder in door panels, a glove box with illumination, cup holders in center console, front seat back pockets, rear center arm rest with cup holders and many other such aspects. Its dashboard is made up of high quality scratch resistant plastic, which enhances the look of the cabin. It is equipped with a few features like a large glove box with cooling effect, an illuminated instrument panel, which has a lot of functions for keeping the driver updated, a three spoke steering wheel and chrome accentuated AC vents. It also has a 12V power socket in center console for charging mobiles and other electronic devices. Apart from these, it also has sun visors with passenger side vanity mirror, boot mat, rear parcel shelf, steering wheel with silver accents, floor carpet, central interior light, grab rail and so on.
The company has blessed this Volkswagen Cross Polo model line up with all essential features, which gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. It has been offered with height adjustable driver seat, while the rear seat comes with adjustable headrest for extra comfort. It is equipped with a proficient climatronic air conditioning unit including a heater, dust and pollen filter, which keeps the environment pleasant. For in-car entertainment, the company has given it an advanced music system, which supports Bluetooth connectivity for pairing the mobile phones. This music system is equipped with USB port, Aux-in interface, AM/FM radio tuner, CD/MP3 player along with four speakers that enhances the ambiance of its cabin. The car maker has given this vehicle a number of utility based aspects like cup and bottle holders, map pockets in all doors, glove box with pen and card holder, interior lamps with theater dimming effect, rear luggage cover and many other such features. It has an illuminated instrument panel with a lot of features that keeps it well balanced at all times. The list of aspects include a low fuel warning light, a digital tachometer, an electronic tripmeter, door ajar warning, driver seat belt reminder notification and a few other functions. Apart from these, it is bestowed with electric power steering with tilt adjustment function, all four power windows with driver side auto down function, adjustable head restraints, power foldable ORVMs, grab rail, trunk room light and rear parking sensors.
This model series has a spacious internal cabin owing to its wheelbase of 2469mm. It has a large boot compartment of 560 litres, which can be further increased to 820 litres by folding its rear seat. It also has a reasonably good fuel tank, which can store about 45 litres. This vehicle comes with front and rear legroom of 1042mm and 824mm respectively. While its front headroom is 970mm and rear is 943mm, which is quite good.
Ed's Take : The acceleration of the Cross Polo is decent, and it doesn’t do justice in city driving.
Its both petrol and diesel engines are cleverly mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. It allows the diesel engine to zoom toward a top speed in the range of 160 to 165 Kmph. At the same time, it can cross the speed mark of 100 Kmph in close to 14.4 seconds. On the other hand, its petrol engine can cross this speed mark in around 12 seconds and it can achieve a maximum speed of 170 Kmph approximately.
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.
As said above, this compact crossover series is available in both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Its 1.2-litre, in-line petrol engine comes with a displacement capacity of 1198cc. It carries four cylinders and can churn out a maximum power of 73.9bhp at 5400rpm in combination with a peak torque of 110Nm at just 3750rpm. It is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection supply system, which allows the it to deliver about 16.47 Kmpl. While its 1.5-litre TDI motor can displace 1498cc. It is integrated with four cylinders and 16-valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. It has the ability of returning a peak power and torque outputs of 88.7bhp at 4200rpm and 230Nm between 1500 to 2500 respectively. Both these engines are mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. With the help of a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, it can generate close to 20.14 Kmpl on the highways.
Ed's Take : The mileage of the Cross Polo is similar to the 1.2-litre diesel engine on the Polo, highly-efficient.
The diesel engine of this crossover is incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system. It allows this vehicle to generate 20.14 Kmpl on the bigger roads and about 16 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions. At the same time, its petrol engine is integrated with a multi point fuel injection supply system. It has the ability of producing 12 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions. While its mileage goes up to 16.47 Kmpl on the highways and it has also been approved by ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India).
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.
Its 1.2-litre power plant can churn out 73.9bhp of power at 5400rpm in combination with 110Nm of torque output at 3750rpm. While its 1.5-litre diesel power plant has the ability of generating a maximum power of 88.7bhp at 4200rpm along with a peak torque output of 230Nm between 1500 to 2500rpm, which is quite good for this segment.
|Variants||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power||AC||Power Steering||Central Locking|
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
|16.83||19.91||103.6bhp @ 4400rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
3 Cylinder 12 Valve
|12.2||16.47||74bhp @ 5400rpm||Standard||Standard||Standard|
Ed's Take : The Cross Polo gets steering mounted audio controls with Bluetooth connectivity on the integrated music system.
The manufacturer has given this vehicle an advanced music system, which comes with Bluetooth connectivity and it supports various input options. It is equipped with USB interface, Aux-in port, CD/MP3 player along with four speakers, which enhances the ambiance of its cabin. At the same time, the owners can also customize this vehicle with various exteriors as well as interior aspects, which gives it a decent look. The list of features includes navigation system, touchscreen, navigation system, rear view camera, floor mats, body graphics, a set of alloy wheels and many other such features.
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 crossover has been bestowed with a proficient braking and superior handling mechanism that works exceptionally well in every conditions. The front axle is assembled with a McPherson strut along with stabilizer bar. Whereas, the rear axle has been bestowed with Semi Independent trailing arm type of suspension mechanism. On the other hand, front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, while its rear wheels have been assembled with conventional drum brakes. This 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. The company has given it a speed sensitive steering wheel, which is quite responsive. It comes with tilt adjustment function that makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions.
Ed's Take : The safety features on the Cross Polo are airbags and ABS.
The company has bestowed this Volkswagen Cross Polo model series with a lot of features that gives the occupants a stress free driving experience. It has an advanced engine immobilizer with floating code for preventing the vehicle from any unauthorized entry. Apart from these, it is incorporated with front under-body guard, height adjustable headrests (front and rear), emergency exit, front and rear fog lights, dual frontal air bags, pinch guard safety for all 4 power windows, high mounted third brake light, interior rear view mirror and many more sophisticated functions. It comes with anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution as standard in diesel variants for preventing it from wheel locking on slippery roads.
The wheel arches of this vehicle are fitted with a set of 15-inch alloy wheels, which are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 185/60 R15 that provides superior road grip on any road conditions. The company has also given a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre. It is a standard feature across all the variants.
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.
|1.5 TDI |
|8,37,600||8,52,490||8,62,499||8,52,490||8,40,188||8,52,490||8,60,759||Get On Road Price|
|1.2 MPI |
|6,94,600||7,89,491||7,29,096||7,06,000||7,61,100||7,89,490||7,13,000||Get On Road Price|
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