Volkswagen Polo 2015-2019Change car
Key Specs of Volkswagen Polo 2015-2019
|Mileage (upto)||21.49 kmpl|
|Engine (upto)||1498 cc|
Polo 2015-2019 Latest Update
Latest Update: Volkswagen to launch Polo facelift on 4 September.
Volkswagen Polo Price & Variants: The Volkswagen Polo is a premium hatchback which is priced between Rs 5.70 lakh and Rs 9.14 lakh (ex-showroom). It is available in four variants: Trendline, Comfortline, Highline and Highline Plus. Volkswagen also offers a GT variant of the Polo, which is priced at Rs 9.58 lakh and Rs 9.70 lakh for petrol and diesel, respectively. The Polo Connect Edition, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 6.99 lakh and Rs 8.75 lakh for petrol and diesel, respectively.
Volkswagen Polo Engine: The standard Polo can be had with a 76PS, 1.0-litre petrol engine or a 90PS, 1.5-litre diesel engine. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The petrol engine on the Polo is underpowered when compared to the competition while its diesel engine is at par with other cars offered in the segment.
The Polo GT is offered with more powerful engine options: a 1.2-litre TSI petrol and 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine which have a power output of 105PS and 110PS, respectively. This makes the Polo GT one of the the most powerful hatchbacks in the sub-Rs10 lakh category. The 1.2-litre TSI engine is coupled with a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox while the 1.5-litre TDI is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Volkswagen Polo Features: On the features front, the Polo gets dual-beam halogen headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming IRVM, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, automatic climate control with rear AC vents and rear parking sensors, among others.
In terms of safety features, the Polo gets dual front airbags and ABS as standard across all its variants. However, the Polo GT TSI also gets electronic stability program and hill-hold control over the standard equipment.
Volkswagen Polo Rivals: The Polo rivals the likes of the Honda Jazz, Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20. The Polo GT TSI, on the other hand, goes up against the Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS and the Figo 1.5L Petrol AT. The Polo GT doesn’t have a direct rival but if we check a segment lower, the Figo S 1.5L TDCi can pose a challenge for the German hatchback.
Volkswagen Polo 2015-2019 price list (Variants)
|1.2 MPI Trendline1198 cc, Manual, Petrol, 18.78 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.5.46 Lakh*|
|1.0 MPI Trendline999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 18.78 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.5.71 Lakh*|
|1.2 MPI Anniversary Edition1199 cc, Manual, Petrol, 16.2 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.5.99 Lakh*|
|1.2 MPI Comfortline1199 cc, Manual, Petrol, 16.2 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.6.0 Lakh*|
|1.0 MPI Comfortline999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 18.78 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.6.41 Lakh*|
|Cup Edition Comfortline999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 18.78 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.6.49 Lakh*|
|Exquisite 1.2 MPI Highline1198 cc, Manual, Petrol, 16.47 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.6.73 Lakh*|
|1.2 MPI Highline1199 cc, Manual, Petrol, 16.2 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.7.1 Lakh*|
|Select 1.2 MPI Highline1198 cc, Manual, Petrol, 16.47 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.7.1 Lakh*|
|1.0 MPI Highline999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 18.78 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.7.14 Lakh*|
|1.5 TDI Trendline1498 cc, Manual, Diesel, 20.14 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.7.23 Lakh*|
|1.2 MPI Highline Plus1199 cc, Manual, Petrol, 16.2 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.7.24 Lakh*|
|ALLSTAR 1.2 MPI1198 cc, Manual, Petrol, 16.47 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.7.33 Lakh*|
|1.0 MPI Highline Plus999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 18.78 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.7.6 Lakh*|
|Exquisite 1.5 TDI Highline1498 cc, Manual, Diesel, 20.14 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.8.08 Lakh*|
|1.5 TDI Comfortline1498 cc, Manual, Diesel, 20.14 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.8.16 Lakh*|
|Select 1.5 TDI Highline1498 cc, Manual, Diesel, 20.14 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.8.6 Lakh*|
|1.5 TDI Highline1498 cc, Manual, Diesel, 20.14 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.8.67 Lakh*|
|ALLSTAR 1.5 TDI1498 cc, Manual, Diesel, 20.14 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.8.83 Lakh*|
|1.5 TDI Highline Plus1498 cc, Manual, Diesel, 20.14 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.9.15 Lakh*|
|GT TSI1197 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 17.21 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.9.59 Lakh*|
|GT TSI Sport Edition1197 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 17.21 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.9.71 Lakh*|
|GT 1.5 TDI1498 cc, Manual, Diesel, 21.49 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.9.72 Lakh*|
|GT TDI Sport Edition1498 cc, Manual, Diesel, 21.49 kmplEXPIRED||Rs.9.81 Lakh*|
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Volkswagen Polo 2015-2019 Review
The new version of the Polo has been tweaked with some minor updates, specifically to the interiors. On the outside, it remains largely unchanged. It’s clear that buyers loved the car's styling, as over the years, its design has remained largely unchanged. The interiors come with the same, fresh styling that features a dual-tone colour scheme, fabric upholstered seats and a silver centre console. The Polo is available with two petrol and one diesel engine with the latter being offered in two states of tune.
The Volkswagen Polo is the brand’s bread and butter model. It offers great build quality, impeccable fit and finish levels, premium interiors and a clean design.
It isn’t as spacious as its contemporaries, and could’ve been priced a tad aggressively as well.
Few people would deny that this is one of the most modern looking and stylish hatchbacks in the market. The styling is sporty, but understated and mature at the same time. It’s a balance that none of its rivals have struck so far.
With a length of 3,971mm, width of 1,682mm and height of 1,469mm, the Polo is just the right size for an urban hatchback.
The Polo’s design is clean with a nearly flat shoulder line, a few chiseled touches along the body panels and gently beefed up wheel arches.
At the front, the slim grille has been given touches of silver, while the large VW brand emblem rests at the centre of it. Flanking this on either side, the sharp headlamp clusters add to the aggressive image of the front.
A thin chrome garnish runs across the top of the air dam, adding a subtle premium touch.
The bonnet gets two creases down its length to add an aggressive touch. These creases seem to begin where the A-pillars end.
Arguably, the Polo is best viewed from the side. The design is lean and the windowline kink creates a swooping effect that leads to the front.
We’re happy to note that 15-inch 'Estrada' alloy wheels have been well-designed and you won’t feel the need to change them.
The Polo looks rather cute at the rear thanks to the square tail lights. The Germans have been obsessive in their need for cleanliness in design and apart from the minimalist badging, the VW logo itself has been utilized to double up as a lever for the tailgate.
|Volkswagen Polo||Maruti Swift||Maruti Baleno|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||165mm||170mm||170mm|
|Wheel Base (mm)||2469mm||2430mm||2520mm|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||1126kg||-||970kg|
Boot Space Comparison
|Volkswagen Polo||Maruti Swift||Maruti Baleno|
The interiors are neither too cramped nor too spacious, but if you're looking to be chauffeur driven, the cabin may disappoint. The front row space is par for the course, but the space at the rear is inadequate and can’t hold a stone to the likes of the Honda Jazz or Maruti Baleno.
The dual tone colour scheme is classy and it definitely has our approval. The centre console comes with a silver finish that looks great too.
A pair of AC vents are present at the top of the console which itself is slightly angled towards the driver. The Polo also gets the addition of touchscreen infotainment system with mirrorlink connectivity, which allows you to integrate your smartphone into the system, so that the screen of the phone is shown in the head-unit’s display.
At the bottom is a climatronic air conditioning system that comes along with a thin display. A large storage space opens out below the console, where you could probably keep your phone and other spare items.
The flat-bottomed steering wheel is draped in leather and the chrome accents add an opulent touch to it. The steering is good to grip and gets mounted controls as well.
The instrument cluster has a layout that’s easy on the eyes. Not as comprehensive as the Baleno’s, but not as complicated either. The cluster houses a speedometer, tachometer and an MID that displays the instant and average fuel consumption. You also get a distance-to-empty readout along with a service reminder..
The Polo comes with an auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror with more convenience features like a 12V charging socket and a sunglass holder in the glovebox that is cooled as well.
The fabric upholstery is of a decent quality. For storage, you get pockets in the doors, a glovebox and sprucing up the cabin are features like ambient lights, cruise control and USB/AUX/SD-card inputs.
The diesel engine is a 1.5-litre unit that plates up 90PS of power and 230Nm of torque. The motor offers great performance and driveability in the city and on the highway. More importantly, it’s better than the old 3-cylinder that originally powered the Polo. The 5-speed manual gearbox is easy to use with well defined gear gates and if you want a little more performance, the same engine is available in a higher state of tune (105PS/250Nm) in the Polo GT TDI.
Performance Comparison (Diesel)
|Maruti Swift||Maruti Baleno||Volkswagen Polo|
|Engine Displacement (cc)||1248 cc||1248 cc||1498 cc|
|Top Speed (kmph)||170 Kmph|
|0-100 Acceleration (sec)||12.93 seconds|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||970Kg||975kg||1153kg|
|Fuel Efficiency (ARAI)||28.4kmpl||27.39kmpl||21.49kmpl|
|Power Weight Ratio||-||75.89bhp/ton||76.32bhp/ton|
While the diesel is good in both states of tune, the petrol is a tale of two extremes. The 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder MPI engine offers acceptable performance for city usage, but isn’t engaging on the highway and lacks refinement. With 75PS of power and 110Nm of torque available, it’s not as powerful as many of its rivals. The GT TSI, however, is one of the most popular performance hatchbacks in India. The turbocharged 4-cylinder mill produces 105PS of power and 175Nm of torque, and while the standard Polo petrol gets a 5-speed manual gearbox, the GT TSI gets a 7-speed dual clutch autobox that offers slick shifts and rapid progress. It helps in keeping a relaxed left-foot when you’re stuck in city traffic and enables quick downshifts when you’re zipping through truckers on those weekend trips.
Performance Comparison (Petrol)
|Maruti Baleno||Maruti Swift||Volkswagen Polo|
|Engine Displacement (cc)||1197 cc||1197 cc||1197 cc|
|Top Speed (kmph)||180 Kmph|
|0-100 Acceleration (sec)||12.79 seconds|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||920kg||870Kg||1153kg|
|Fuel Efficiency (ARAI)||21.4kmpl||22.0kmpl||0.0kmpl|
|Power Weight Ratio||90.32bhp/ton||-||89.54bhp/ton|
Ride and Handling:
The Polo handles and behaves like a typical European hatchback. It’s build solid and offers great stability with minimal body roll when you’re pushing it in the corners. The steering is light for city usage, but is communicative too. It can also deal with road undulations and broken patches fairly well, but hit a pothole too quick and you will feel it in the cabin. There are more ‘India-friendly’ suspension setups available in the market, but as long as you’re careful, the Polo can deal with municipal callousness quite well.
The Polo gets dual airbags as standard with ABS offered from the mid-range model onwards. Volkswagen has built this hatchback well and you also get the small, but significant safety features like anti-pinch power windows and the aforementioned auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror.
We recommend getting the fully-loaded Highline variant as it gets the full-fat feature list. At the least, if you are buying the Polo, get the Comfortline variant as it does not miss out on ABS. If you are getting the diesel, it may be prudent to avoid the GT TDI as the premium it commands over the standard diesel is quite hefty and the standard 1.5 isn’t an underperformer. The GT TSI is the best blend of practicality, ease of use and performance.
Pros & Cons of Volkswagen Polo 2015-2019
Things We Like
- Loaded with features such as automatic AC, touchscreen infotainment, auto-dimming mirror etc.
- Available with a variety of engine-transmission options.
- Build quality inside out is best-in-class. Doors close with a thunk, no trace of scratchy plastics in the interior.
- Clean, no-frills design looks classy and understated.
Things We Don't Like
- Volkswagen’s after-sales service doesn’t have the reach of established rivals such as Maruti / Hyundai.
- Rear seat space is nothing to write home about. High-transmission tunnel effectively makes it a four-seater.
Stand Out Features
Dual-airbags as standard.
Features such as rain-sensing wipers, cruise control are unique to the Polo in its class.
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