Volkswagen Polo is one of the most preferred premium hatches available in the Indian market today. It has variety of engine options, premium interiors and an exterior styling which could easily leave other hatches behind. Volkswagen has launched the 2014 Polo facelift in the Indian market which seriously looks bold and stylish than its predecessor. Above all it is now also available with a new 1.5 Liter Diesel engine.

So basically the facelift Polo comes with new facial upgrades which include a restyled front bumper and a chrome strip running all the way across the air dam, while the third slat of the front grille also now has chrome in it. While the headlamp unit too looks new and so are the alloy wheels. While take a look at the rear of the car and you will find that the tail lamps units also is new and they are mild changes made to the rear bumper. Although Volkswagen has made some changes to the new Polo facelift to make it appear different than its predecessor many might miss those changes and only will be able to identify it after they take a proper second look. Inside the car everything looks solid and built to last after all everything is pure German engineering that said we must also admit that the polo interiors although has everything inside still somehow looks bit boring.

The facelift Polo is available with 1.2 Liter MPI petrol engine, 1.5 Liter TDI diesel engine, VW will also launch a GT TDI and GT TSI versions of the Polo hatch after few more months in the Indian market also.

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2014 Volkswagen Polo
  • Year: 2014
  • Make: Volkswagen
  • Model: Polo
  • Engine: inline-4
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM: 88 @ 4200
  • Torque @ RPM: 81 @ 3750
  • Displacement: 1.5 L
  • 0-100 time: 14.4 sec. (Est.)
  • Layout: Front engine transverse
  • car segment: compact cars
  • car fuel: diesel cars
  • body style: hatchback

EXTERIOR

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2014 Volkswagen Polo
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2014 Volkswagen Polo
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The sixth generation Volkswagen Polo is here and as far as changes to the exterior are concerned, the Polo hasn’t changed much.

the Indian spec Polo only gets silver accents inside the headlamp cluster

Yes, there is odd dash chrome here and there and some stylish LED lights highlighting the otherwise bland exterior. The front fascia has been reworked quite a bit by VW standards. The biggest change that has been made to the International Polo comes in the form of completely new headlamp clusters but the Indian spec Polo only gets silver accents inside the headlamp cluster and that is it. The front grille also gets a lower slat chromed out and so does the front bumper. The fog lamps on either ends sit atop the chrome garnish that runs across the length of the lower grille. The rear bumper has been reconfigured too. But, apart from that the rear end is exactly the same as the previous generation except the mildly tweaked tail lamps and a reshaped rear end bumper.

Beside these mild updates the rest of the car is identical the old generation Polo. But yes you do get a new set of alloy wheels with the facelift polo.

INTERIOR

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The interior of the Polo has been simple yet classy. Quality has been top notch since the beginning, the 2014 Polo makes do with roughly the same dashboard layout albeit with more chrome, brushed Silver and glossy black surfaces. The center console houses a large multimedia interface display flanked by buttons on either side. HVAC controls are situated just underneath the main center console fascia.

The only welcomes change to your eyes would definitely be the new 3 spoke steering wheel with its trapezoidal hub and a sporty flat bottom. The instrument cluster consists of twin dials flanking a multi-information display in the middle. The dashboard of the new Polo may look basic compared to it’s over designed rivals, but that’s what sets it apart from the rest and it just works right.

DRIVETRAIN

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2014 Volkswagen Polo Exterior
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With the 2014 Polo, Volkswagen has shifted to Euro 6 engines that promise to deliver better mileage and reduce CO2 emissions in the International market. Thanks to the frugal powerplant,

the newly introduced 1.5 Liter Diesel engine which will replace the existing 1.2 Liter TDI engine

the new VW Polo is 21 percent more economical compared to the previous generation. The Polo TDI BlueMotion sets a new benchmark when it comes to fuel economy.However in India, Volkswagen will continue to offer the same 1.2-liter petrol engine but the 1.2 Liter diesel engine has been replaced by a more powerful 1.5 Liter diesel engine. The 1.2 Liter 3 cylinder Petrol engine displacing 1198 cc produces 75 PS of peak power at 5400 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 3750 rpm. TYhios engine has been mated to a 5 speed manual transmission and returns an ARAI rated 16.47 km to a liter.

Whereas the newly introduced 1.5 Liter Diesel engine which will replace the existing 1.2 Liter TDI engine has an overall displacement of 1498 cc and produces a meaty 90 Ps of peak power at 4200 rpm and 230 Nm of torque in between 1500-2500 rpm. This engine has also been mated to a5 speed manual gearbox and returns an ARAI rated 20.14 Km to a liter of fuel.

While the 1.2 liter GT TSI which will be launched at a later date comes equipped with a 4 cylinder and displacing 1,197 cc produces 105 Ps at 5000 rpm and 175 Nm of torque in between 1500-4100 rpm. This engine will return an ARAI certified 17.21 km to a liter of fuel.

Lastly the VW Polo GT TDI which comes with a displacement of 1,498 cc produces 105 PS of peak power at 4400 rpm and 250 Nm of torque in between 1500-2500 rpm.and will return an ARAI certified 19.91 Km to a liter of fuel.

PRICE

The Volkswagen Polo facelift prices are provided below:

- * Volkswagen Polo 1.2 petrol: Rs 4.99 lakh to Rs 6.07 lakh
- * Volkswagen Polo 1.5 TDI : Rs 6.27 lakh to Rs 7.37 lakh
- * Volkswagen Polo GT TDI : Rs. 7.99 lakhs
- * Volkswagen Polo GT TSI: Rs.4.99 Lakhs

The new Volkswagen Polo will be available with 6 color options which includes Cooper Orange, Candy White, Night Blue, Flash Red, Carbon Steel and Reflex Silver.

COMPETITION

Ford Figo

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The Ford Figo has been around for a while now. A refreshed version was launched back in 2012 and since the sales of the car have been steady. The Indian Figo uses the previous generation Fiesta platform and is known for its confidence inspiring handling and build quality. The Figo comes with a 1.2-liter petrol or a 1.4-liter diesel engine, both of which are highly efficient and powerful. That said, we would still have the 1.4-liter diesel over the petrol. However, the petrol engine has been tweaked for better response, which was lacking on the previous model.

Hyundai i20

2012 Hyundai i-Gen i-20
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The Hyundai i20 is one of the most popular premium hatchbacks in the country. The South Korean car maker has stood up to the challenge posed by Maruti Suzuki, so much so, that today Hyundai ranks among the top 3 car makers in India. The i20 is spacious and comfortable. Unlike the Volkswagen Polo or the Ford Figo, the Hyundai i20 is more softly sprung, which may take a toll on handling but Indians seem to prefer the comfort of a soft suspension over high speed performance.The i20 too comes with a range of petrol and diesel engines. It includes 1.2-liter petrol, 1.2-liter diesel and 1.4-liter diesel engines. A 4-speed automatic is available as an option on the Hyundai.

CONCLUSION

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To the untrained eye, the 2014 facelift Polo might not look any different than its predecessor and Volkswagen isn’t known to experiment with looks. They have an unique incremental way of designing things. That’s what makes them different.

Although there isn’t much wrong with their current styling and hence they probably did not bother to change them either. The DSG transmission is as smooth as before too. The addition of new features and safety aides is a welcome move. And that’s about it, really. It is a very serious hatchback and will definitely attract the no nonsense group of consumers.

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  • * Exterior changes are too mild

Source: Volkswagen

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