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

    by Mahesh Yadav on Wednesday, Jul 29 2020

    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 Polo's 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.

    Also Read - Volkswagen Polo 2020 Petrol vs Competition - Price, Specs, Dimensions Comparison

    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.

    Also Read - Skoda Rapid Petrol vs Volkswagen Polo Petrol - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    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 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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