Which Variant of 2020 Volkswagen Polo Petrol Is Most Value For Money?

Which Variant of 2020 Volkswagen Polo Petrol Is Most Value For Money?

Read on to find out which variant of the 2020 Volkswagen Polo petrol is the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the 2020 Polos petrol variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (VFM). Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 Volkswagen Polo with its competitors and other petrol B2-segment hatchbacks.

 

2020 Volkswagen Polo

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Volkswagen Polo Petrol?

The pros or advantages of Polo petrol 2020 are:

  • Fantastic torque output of the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. Its torque to weight ratio is in the leagues of EcoSport diesel and WR-V diesel.
  • It has a respectable number of features like auto AC, cruise control, touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, auto wipers, auto headlamps, auto-dimming inside mirror, power mirrors, front armrest, etc.
  • Straight lines with a clean, understated styling

The Volkswagen Polo petrol 2020 has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Underpowered 1.0-litre normal petrol engine. Its torque-to-weight ratio of around 92-93Nm/tonne is comparable with that of the Alto 800 and Aura CNG, which are around 90-92Nm/tonne.
  • Turbo petrol option is not available in lower variants
  • Dated, 11-year old styling is begging for a refresh. 
  • No rear parking camera - although it’s an easy and cheap aftermarket upgrade
  • Other missing features are - projector/LED headlamps, keyless entry with push-button start/stop, split-folding rear seatback
  • Seriously limited rear-seat legroom. It’s one of the rare cars in which two 6-footers can’t sit behind each other.

Here’s our Volkswagen Polo’s variants breakdown video in Hindi in case you prefer watching instead of reading:

What Is The Price Of 2020 Volkswagen Polo?

The 2020 Volkswagen Polo is available in 3 variants - Trendline, Comfortline Plus and Highline Plus. The Polo petrol manual costs between Rs. 5.83 lakh and Rs. 8.02 lakh. There’s also an option of automatic transmission in the Highline Plus variant, which costs Rs. 9.13 lakh - which is about Rs. 1.1 lakh more than the manual variant.

VOLKSWAGEN POLO PETROL PRICE LIST

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | JULY 2020

 

1.0L MT

1.0L TURBO MT

1.0L TURBO AT

Trendline

₹5,82,500

-

-

Comfortline Plus

₹6,76,500

-

-

Highline Plus

-

₹8,02,300

₹9,12,600

Is The Trendline Variant Of 2020 Volkswagen Polo Petrol Worth Buying?

The base, Trendline variant of the 2020 Polo petrol costs Rs. 5.83 lakh. It gets the following notable features:

  • 2 airbags
  • ABS
  • Parking sensors
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Tilt and telescopic steering
  • Body-colour door handles, mirrors and bumpers
  • 14-inch wheels with covers
  • Adjustable headrests (front and back)
  • Day/night inside mirror
  • Dead pedal
  • Tilted glass windows
  • Flat bottom steering
  • Front power windows
  • Central locking

While the Trendline variant covers the basic features fairly well, you may still miss the following features:

  • Remote central locking system
  • Rear power windows
  • Music system
  • Power adjustable mirrors

Considering the fairly high price of the car and poor petrol engine performance, lack of these features doesn’t go unnoticed. So, we’d suggest you skip the Trendline variant and it’s not worth buying.

VW POLO TRENDLINE | FEATURES

₹5,82,500 (PETROL MT) | JULY 2020

Safety

Functional

Style

Dual Front Airbags

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Body-coloured Bumpers, Door Handles & ORVMs

ABS w/ EBD

Tilt & Telescopic Steering

R14 Wheels w/ Wheel Covers

Rear Parking Sensors

Front & Rear Adjustable Headrests

Turn Indicators on ORVMs

Front Seatbelt Reminder

Passenger Side Vanity Mirror

Black & Grey Interior Theme

High-Speed Alert

Dead Pedal

Flat-bottom Steering

Day/Night IRVM

Front Power Outlet

Heat Insulating Glass

Central Locking

Sunglass Holder Inside Glovebox

 
 

Front Door Pockets

 
 

Front Power Windows

 

Is The Comfortline Plus Variant Of 2020 Volkswagen Polo Petrol Worth Buying?

The Polo Comfortline variant costs Rs. 94,000 more than Trendline. It’s priced at Rs. 6.77 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). For this additional cost, you get the following features:

  • Rear defogger
  • Music system
  • Rear washer and wiper
  • Rear power windows
  • Power adjustable mirror
  • Front fog lamp
  • Rear parcel tray
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Cooled glove box
  • Remote central locking system

The asking price is quite high for the additional features. We’d have compromised on the alloy wheels in favour of lower cost and perhaps a few extra features. Not to mention, the underpowered engine is still the only option in the Comfortline Plus trim.

The Comfortline variant is overpriced and not worth buying as it offers poor value for money.

VW POLO COMFORTLINE PLUS VARIANT | FEATURES OVER TRENDLINE

₹6,76,500 (PETROL MT) | JULY 2020

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

Rear Defogger

Music System

Rear Power Windows

15-inch Alloy Wheels

Rear Washer & Wiper

USB, AUX-IN, SD Card & Bluetooth Connectivity

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

Ambient Lights w/ Theater Dimming 

Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

 

Remote Central Locking

MID

Front Fog Lamps

 

Cooled Glovebox

 
   

Parcel Tray

 

Is The Highline Plus Variant Of 2020 Volkswagen Polo Petrol Worth Buying?

The Highline Plus variant of the 2020 Polo costs Rs. 8.02 lakh, which is Rs. 1.25 lakh more than the Comfortline Plus. This price jump is quite steep. If you want the automatic transmission, then you’ll have to pay another Rs. 1.1 lakh as it costs Rs. 9.13 lakh (ex-showroom).

The notable additional features of the Highline Plus variant are:

  • Turbo petrol engine with 6-speed MT or torque converter automatic transmission option
  • Cruise control
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Auto-dimming inside mirror
  • Auto AC
  • Auto Wipers
  • Power-folding outside mirrors
  • Front armrest
  • Rear AC vents

The addition of a turbocharger and 6-speed transmission alone justifies almost half the price jump over the Comfortline variant. The Highline Plus variant of the 2020 Polo even justifies the incremental price over the Trendline variant considering the additional features and better performance.

The automatic transmission is a bit expensive but not too pricey either. The Highline Plus variant of the 2020 VW Polo is totally worth buying as it offers the best value for money.

VW POLO HIGHLINE PLUS VARIANT | FEATURES OVER COMFORTLINE PLUS

₹8,02,300 (TURBO PETROL MT) | ₹9,12,600 (TURBO PETROL AT) JULY 2020

Safety & Entertainment

Functional

Style

Cornering Lights

Cruise Control

16-inch Alloy Wheels

Steering-mounted Audio Controls

Remote Opening & Closing of Windows

Leather-wrapped Steering & Gear Knob

Anti-pinch Power Windows

Auto AC

Chrome Interior Accents

7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

Front & Rear Power Windows w/ One-touch Operation

Moonstone Finish on Front Centre Console

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

Electrically Foldable ORVMs

 

Auto-dimming IRVM

Rain-sensing wipers

 

Voice Command 

Front Armrest 

 
 

Power Outlet in Armrest

 
 

Rear AC vents

 

Which Variant Of The 2020 Volkswagen Polo Petrol Offers The Most Value For Money?

The Highline Plus variant of the VW Polo 2020 offers the best value for money. With or without the automatic transmission, this trim is worth buying.

The base Trendline variant seems overpriced considering its pathetic torque-to-weight ratio, which is comparable with the Alto 800. On top of it, this variant doesn’t get some must-have features. So, it neither has the performance nor features to justify buying. Buy only if you can’t afford any of the higher variants of the Polo.

The Comfortline Plus variant covers the list of the must-have features but VW is charging way too much for the features. It also uses the same 1.0-litre normal petrol engine. So, it’s even more difficult to justify the higher than expected price jump over the Trendline trim.

The Highline Plus offers better performance and some more features to totally justifies its higher asking price. With or without the automatic transmission, the Polo Highline Plus is worth buying and is our top-recommended variant.

VOLKSWAGEN POLO | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Manual

Automatic

Recommendation

Trendline

Rank 2

₹5,82,500

-

Too basic and poor performance. Not recommended.

Comfortline Plus

Rank 3


₹6,76,500

-

Gets the features but no turbo petrol engine. An expensive upgrade over Trendline. Not recommended.

Highline Plus

(Turbo)

Rank 1

₹8,02,300

₹9,12,600

Top recommended variant. The right mix of features and phenomenal performance.

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Volkswagen Polo Petrol?

The new 2020 Polo’s petrol engines are a mixed bag. On one hand, it has the poorest performing, 1.0-liter normal petrol engine, which has a torque-to-weight ratio compatible with the Alto 800. On the other hand, we have the turbocharged version of this engine, which offers diesel engine-like performance without the noise and clatter of a diesel engine. The Polo turbo’s torque-to-weight ratio is in line with the Ford EcoSport diesel and Honda WR-V diesel. This engine is also more fuel-efficient than the non-turbo petrol engine, which you’ll have to rev hard to make decent progress.

The Polo turbo easily beats the competition with significantly better performance. But the Baleno and Glanza take the price for best mileage. The Polo’s mileage is pretty much at the bottom with the non-turbo petrol engine but it’s at a respectable 18.24kmpl for the turbo.

B2-SEGMENT HATCHBACKS

PETROL ENGINE SPECS

 

Polo

Figo

Baleno/Glanza

Altroz

Elite i20

Displacement

1.0 Turbo

1.0

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

Cylinder

3

3

3

4

3

4

Cubic Capacity

999cc

999cc

1194cc

1197cc

1199cc

1197cc

Maximum Power

110PS @ 5000rpm

76PS @ 6200rpm

96PS @ 6500rpm

83PS @ 6000rpm

86PS @ 6000rpm

83PS @ 6000rpm

Power:Weight

102.62PS/tonne

73.79PS/t

91.95PS/t

93.26PS/t

83.01PS/t

76.36PS/t

Peak Torque

175Nm @ 1750 - 4000rpm

95Nm @ 2950 - 3800rpm

119Nm @ 4250rpm

113Nm @ 4200rpm

113Nm @ 3300rpm

115Nm @ 4000rpm

Torque:Weight

163.25Nm/tonne

92.23Nm/t

113.98Nm/t

126.97Nm/t

109.07Nm/t

105.79Nm/t

Manual

Transmission

6-speed

5-Speed

5-Speed

5-Speed

5-Speed

5-Speed

Manual FE

18.24kmpl

17.75kmpl

18.5kmpl

21.01kmpl

19.05kmpl

17.5kmpl

Automatic

Transmission

6-speed torque converter

-

-

CVT

-

-

Automatic FE

18.24kmpl

-

-

19.56kmpl

-

-

What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Volkswagen Polo?

In the case of the dimensions, the Polo is not particularly small but it is the narrowest and lowest B2 segment hatchback with the smallest wheelbase. It shows in the cabin space department as there’s not enough legroom to comfortably accommodate 2 6-footers behind one another. Polo’s boot space is also better than only the Figo and it’s not that much better either.

B2-SEGMENT HATCHBACKS

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Polo

Figo

Baleno/ Glanza

Altroz

Elite i20

Length

3971mm

3941mm

3995mm

3990mm

3985mm

Width

1682mm

1704mm

1745mm

1755mm

1734mm

Height

1469mm

1525mm

1510mm

1523mm

1505mm

Wheelbase

2469mm

2490mm

2520mm

2501mm

2570mm

Boot Space

280-lt

257-lt

339-lt

345-lt

326-lt

Ground Clearance

165mm

174mm

170mm

165mm

170mm

Fuel Tank

45-lt

42-lt

37-lt

37-lt

40-lt

Tyre Size (Base)

175/70 R14

175/65 R14

185/65 R15

165/80 R14

185/70 R14

Tyre Size (Top)

195/55 R16

195/55 R15

195/55 R16

195/55 R16

195/55 R16

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Volkswagen Polo?

The 2020 Polo is available in the following 7 colour options:

  • White
  • Silver
  • Grey
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Red (Non-metallic)
  • Red (Metallic)

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700-3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago, Kwid

B2

3850-3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000-4499mm

Ciaz, New City, Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

New City, Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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