The German breed has been updated inside out with contemporary looks to appease the generation next buyers. The front profile gets major overhaul with double barrel headlamps having silver accents and single chrome lining at the bottom. The front bumper too gets updated with large black air dam and the redesigned fog lamps enclosed in a new frame. The side profile remains unchanged with body colored door handles and rear view mirrors. Polo now sits on newly designed 15-inch alloy wheels which makes dynamic presence on road while the rear profile expresses subtle changes with tweaked taillights and new bumper having huge license plate carrier and reflector. The rear spoiler that houses brake light at the middle remains intact. The car is now available in two additional color options to choose from. Overall the car gets decent update on the exterior front.
The interiors of Volkswagen Polo though carries the same dual toned color scheme but shows signs of impressive touching. The seats are now adorned with premium looking fabric upholstery while the steering wheel features three-spoke design with mounted audio controls and chrome finishing. Rest of the cabin shows the same ergonomics for which German automaker is known for. The instrument panel with chrome surrounds, aluminum looking pedals and stylish gear knob shows the same level of biotechnology. Comfort is par with the premium looking hatch in the market. Some of the features that makes sitting in this car a pleasure are advance Air Conditioner, electronically powered steering wheel with tilt-telescopic functionality, power windows and door locks, audio system with CD/MP3 playback and USB/Bluetooth and Aux-In connectivity along with 4-speakers to enhance acoustics. The car besides providing comfortable sitting for 5-passengers, convenient entry sliding seats, driver and co-passengers seat adjustment, also offers 60:40 rear split folding functionality to extend the boot space. Other utilities in the car remains the same like front cup holders, storage area with lid and dash centre, front door side pockets and front armrest, etc. Similarly the safety department will feature the same dual front airbags, ventilated front disc brakes, electronic anti-theft engine immobilizer and central locking while Anti-lock braking system has been made a standard feature across all variants excluding the base variant.
Under the hood, the 2014 Polo now features a new 1.5L TDI diesel engine that produces 89bhp and max torque of 230Nm mated with five-speed manual transmission system. It replaced the 1.6L TDI unit powering the vehicle earlier. The more powerful diesel version GT TDI sporting the same engine will be launched in coming months. It will produce 104bhp and peak torque of 230Nm and will come mated to 7-speed DSC dual-clutch tiptronic transmission gearbox. On the other hand, petrol variants continue to receive power from the same 1.2L 3-cylinder naturally aspirated motor with DOHC technology that produces 73.9bhp and peak torque of 110Nm coupled to 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. In terms of mileage, the petrol variant returns 16.47kmpl while the new diesel engine delivers excellent mileage of 22kmpl.
This time Volkswagen has severely worked upon the pricing structure. Now Polo base petrol variant Trendline starts at Rs 4.99 lakhs while the first in the queue GT TSI is priced at Rs. 7.99 lakh. Diesel base variant starts at Rs 6.27 lakh while the top model comes at a price tag of Rs 8.48 lakh, all priced (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Looking at the pricing, it seems Polo is sitting above Maruti Swift hatchback and standing shoulder to shoulder with Hyundai i20.
The new Polo above all the modifications mentioned above has been touted as the safest premium hatchback in the country with four-star Euro-NCAP rating for adult passengers. While Polo still is a unique example of style and advance technology, the launch of segment leader Maruti Swifts facelift in coming months could play spoilsport for this German product. Lets see the outcome in the next few months.