VW will launch the Polo facelift in India on 15th July. While we’ve already seen that the Polo facelift will be powered by a 1.2-lt petrol engine and a 1.5-lt diesel engine (if you missed it, here’s the official document), the diesel engine is the new powerplant that makes 90PS power at 4,200 rpm and 230Nm torque right from 1,500 rpm.
The engine is a refined unit and drive-pleasure is something that reaches the next level with the new Polo. The best part is that even the diesel Polo feels light on its feet and it's the low-end torque only that convinces you that you’re driving a diesel, such great is the front-rear weight distribution. The diesel however is a slightly loud unit, however, in-cabin noise is well countered, as is the case with all VWs. Since we drove the car for a short distance, we couldn't take the engine to its limits and didn't even get a chance to test the fuel economy for the same. The 5-speed manual transmission is a slick-shifter and has short throws. Lets reserve our opinions on engine & transmission till we do a detailed review.
On the outside, you might not be able to distinguish the new Polo at the first sight unless you are an auto aficionado. The alloys are new and the new Polo is slightly taller than the outgoing version, though the ground clearance (as told to us) has reduced. That means room inside should be more than before. It is also 1mm longer than the previous Polo. Upfront, the new bumper and headlamps have revived the face, with the chrome lining on the lip, the Polo appears to be more premium than before. The rear also gets a new bumper.
Where you’ll feel a major difference is on the inside, especially with the steering wheel which is now flat bottomed. The steering wheel, which is exceptionally light even at parking speeds, is accurate, and feels great to hold. The new Polo is easily the best handling car in its segment now. Dual tone interiors are as premium as they have ever been and the addition of silver outlining on the music system makes things look sportier than before and that’s good as it complements with the overall sporty theme enhanced by the flat-bottomed steering wheel.
We have also come to know that the Polo will now come with 7 exterior colour options. With the new diesel now and slightly lifted exteriors, the new Polo is again amongst the most desirable cars in the segment. But the competition will soon heat up as Maruti Suzuki is set to facelift the Swift, the Jazz from Honda is also expected to launch this year and there’s the new Hyundai i20 as well.
New Polo's steering wheel is a delight to play with. And the transmission is also a slick shifting one. It is easily one of the best hatchbacks to drive in its range.
Dashboard now looks better thanks to the silver inserts. There's also a dead pedal now.
We loved the steering wheel. Classiest in its segment.
The rear bumper is a new one. It also gets the TDI badging on the 1.5-lt diesel.
New alloy wheel design looks good. The new Polo is slightly taller than the outgoing one.
The front is revamped with a new bumper and headlamps.