Volkswagen Polo is the granny of its segment in every possible way
The best value for money petrol hatchback ever!!
As usual, we were discussing about the last mid size hatchback on our list, the Volkswagen Polo. It was nearly going to be a “Which variant should you buy?” article but while writing that we found some important on paper positive and negative points of it, which you must need to know if you are considering one of these. So we wrote this article is about the pros and cons that we found about the Polo but before getting into the topic, if you aren’t aware of the Polo then here’s a little intro,
The current generation Polo is not sold in India. Here, we get the previous gen Polo which debuted back in March of 2009, and from that time the Indian automotive market has not seen any new generation of it which makes it the granny of its segment. Volkswagen has introduced a lot of updates to it but to be honest, that couldn’t really gather that much attention of a new car. If you look at other manufacturers like Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki who are serious about the Indian car scene, have introduced newer generations or facelifts of their products time to time. Recently it has got a 1 litre TSI engine in its top variant.
Granny’s Good sides
1. Very Practical variant distribution
Well, this is the strongest point to buy Polo as you get awesome practicality from the very bottom variant. In total it has 3 variants currently. The base variant that costs around 5 lac and 87 thousand rupees (5 lac 59k is the offer price of September 2020), comes with practical features like adjustable headrests in front and rear, day/night IRVM, rear fog lamp, height adjustable driver seat, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel and lane change indicator which are not very much seen in a base model of this segment, but are very useful to our daily lives. The mid variant is the only variant that doesn’t seem to be adding that much practicality in the price increment. But if you look at the top variant which costs 8 lakh and 8 thousands (offer price of this month is 7 lac and 89k rupees), comes with a turbocharged 110 PS engine mated with 6 speed manual transmission that offers you a fun to drive experience. Other than the new engine, you will also find features like cornering lights, auto up/down power windows in all doors with anti pinch, open/close windows with key remote and front central armrest with rear AC vents along with a lot of other practicalities and premium features which makes it a value for money deal.
2. Good Build Quality and long time warranty
Polo is famous for its long lasting well built nature from its initial days, and along with that it gets a segment leading warranty of 4 years/ 100k kilometers.
Galvanized steel body
Granny has got some negatives too
1. Lack of currently common features
Even in the top variant, Polo lacks features like reverse parking camera, LED/Projector headlamps, DRLs, tweeters in music systems, stability control systems, hill start assist etc. which are very common in today’s car scene.
2. Underpowered lower variants
The biggest drawback of the Polo is its underpowered lower two trims which come with a 1 litre MPI engine. Unfortunately it produces just 76 PS of power which seems to be low for a car of this segment with a really good build quality. For your reference, if you take the Hyundai grand i10 Nios; it belongs to a lower segment than the Polo and produces 83 PS of power.
3. Huge Service costs compared to rivals
You also need to know that it has a high maintenance cost of 42.5k in five years (as of www.cardekho.com/volkswagen/polo/service-cost on 19-09-20)if you compare it with other competitors of its segment like Elite i20 which has a 5 year service cost of 13.4k ( as of www.cardekho.com/hyundai-i20/service-cost.htm on 19-09-20) and that is another important issue why a lot of people avoid it. Volkswagen is providing 3 free servicing as of their website which is not mentioned in this referred website but still it is costlier.
Well after realizing these facts, I can conclude that if I were to buy Polo now, I would only go for the turbocharged top variant regardless of the missing features in it because for me compromising on those features and expenses is fair for the fun to drive nature of it. But if the budget is less than that then probably going for the underpowered car is not a good option. I have not experienced it myself so I can’t tell how does it feel in real life conditions; maybe it can differ from the on paper scene which is why I will suggest you to experience the driving if you are considering one. And if you have already experienced it then comment below your experience. At the end, in this article I have tried to inform you as much important points I could; now you will have to bargain to get the most value for money deal out of it.
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