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    August 2021 - Volkswagen Polo Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

    by Lakshya Khanna on Monday, Aug 23 2021

    The V3Cars reviews all the variants of the 2021 Volkswagen Polo version to give you a better idea about which variant offers the best value for money. The Polo is available with a 1.0-litre normal petrol and a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. While the normal petrol engine is paired with only manual transmission, the turbo-petrol engine has an option of both manual and automatic transmissions.

     

    2021 Volkswagen Polo

    What Are The Pros And Cons Of Volkswagen Polo Petrol?

    The pros or advantages of Polo petrol are:

    • Fantastic torque output of the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine makes it easily drivable in the city and relaxing on the highways
    • Only a small premium for turbo petrol in the Comfortline variant
    • A decent 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 and a clean, understated styling ages well and looks acceptable even after being around for a decade
    • Mature and neutral manners on the highway and in the city
    • Long front centre armrest is very practical - unlike rivals which offer small armrest - just long enough to use it as an elbow rest

    The Volkswagen Polo petrol has the following shortcomings or problems:

    • Underpowered 1.0-litre normal petrol engine. Its torque-to-weight ratio of around 92-93Nm/tonne is similar to that of the Alto 800 and Aura CNG.
    • Turbo petrol option is not available in the base variant.
    • 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.
    • Cramped rear-seat legroom. It’s a rare car in which two 6-footers can’t sit behind each other.
    • Surprisingly, the Polo GT doesn’t get front centre armrest and rear AC vents.

    Volkswagen Polo Petrol - Latest August 2021 Prices

    The Volkswagen Polo is available in 4 variants with a starting price of Rs. 6.17 lakh for the Trendline variant. The base variant is only available with a 1.0-litre normal petrol engine while the mid-spec Comfortline trim also gets the option of 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with a manual and as well as a 6-speed automatic. Comfortline turbo costs Rs. 7.41 lakh while the non-turbo saves you Rs. 30,000 and costs Rs. 7.11 lakh. For the automatic, you’ll pay another Rs. 1.1 lakh.

    The Highline variant is only available with the turbo petrol engine and it costs Rs. 8.49 lakh with the manual and Rs. 9.6 lakh with the automatic. The top-spec GT variant is only available with the automatic and costs Rs. 10.0 lakh.

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    VOLKSWAGEN POLO PRICE LIST

    EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | AUGUST 2021

    Variant

    1.0 MT

    1.0 Turbo MT

    1.0 Turbo AT

    Trendline

    Rs. 6,16,500

       

    Comfortline

    Rs. 7,11,000

    Rs. 7,41,000

    Rs. 8,51,000

    Highline Plus

     

    Rs. 8,49,000

    Rs. 9,60,000

    GT

       

    Rs. 9,99,900

    Volkswagen Polo Trendline Petrol - Base Variant Features And Review

    The Polo’s base Trendline variant costs Rs. 6.17 lakh. It is available with only the 1.0-litre normal petrol engine and a manual transmission. For the metallic paint job, you’ll have to pay another Rs. 10,000.

    VW POLO TRENDLINE | BASE VARIANT FEATURES

    Rs. 6,16,500 (1.0 Petrol MT) | Ex-Showroom August 2021

    Safety

    Functional

    Style

    Std. Safety Features

    Height Adjustable Driver Seat

    Heat Insulating Windows & Windscreen

    Body-coloured Bumpers, Door Handles & ORVMs

    Day/Night IRVM

    Tilt & Telescopic Steering

    Front Door Pockets

    R14 Wheels w/ Wheel Covers

    Central Locking

    Adjustable Front & Rear Headrests

    Front Power Windows

    Turn Indicators on ORVMs

     

    Passenger Side Vanity Mirror

    Front Power Outlet

    Black & Grey Interior Theme

     

    Dead Pedal

     

    Flat-bottom Steering Wheel

     

    The Polo Trendline base variant has lots of missing must-have features, such as rear power windows, electrically adjustable ORVMs, remote central locking and a music system with steering-mounted controls. For this reason, we cannot recommend the Trendline variant.

    Volkswagen Polo Trendline vs Comfortline Variant - Price and Features Comparison

    The Polo Comfortline variant is almost Rs. 1.0 lakh more expensive than the Trendline. However, if you choose to upgrade to the turbo petrol engine, then, that will add only another Rs. 30,000. Compared to the underpowered 1.0-litre normal petrol engine, this is a significant upgrade and worth the additional premium. Metallic shades will cost you another Rs. 10,000.

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    VW POLO TRENDLINE vs COMFORTLINE | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    TRENDLINE

    DIFFERENCE

    COMFORTLINE

    1.0 MT

    Rs. 6,16,500

    Rs. 94,500

    Rs. 7,11,000

    DIFFERENCE

    -

    -

    Rs. 30,000

    1.0 TURBO MT

    NA

    -

    Rs. 7,41,000

    DIFFERENCE

    -

    -

    Rs. 1,10,000

    1.0 TURBO AT

    NA

    -

    Rs. 8,51,000

     

    The Comfortline variant comes with several essential features such as a rear defogger, rear wiper, speed sensing auto door lock, cooled & illuminated glovebox, parcel tray, electrically adjustable ORVMs, fog lamps, audio system, rear power windows and remote central locking. It also gets ambient lighting and 15-inch alloy wheels.

    POLO COMFORTLINE | FEATURES OVER TRENDLINE

    Rs. 7,11,000 (Petrol MT) | Rs. 7,41,000 (Turbo Petrol MT)

    Rs. 8,51,000 (Turbo Petrol AT) | Ex-Showroom August 2021

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Rear Defogger

    Audio System

    Rear Power Windows

    R15 Alloy Wheels

    Rear Washer & Wiper

    4 Speakers

    Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

    Ambient Lighting

    Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

    USB, Aux, SD Card & Bluetooth Connectivity

    Remote Central Locking

     

    Front Fog Lamps

     

    Cooled & Illuminated Glovebox

     
       

    Parcel Tray

     
       

    MID

     

     

    This variant gets a good number of features and is worth buying for budget buyers. We strongly recommend buying at least the Comfortline variant with the turbo petrol engine as it’s very attractively priced. The turbo petrol engine’s higher torque output will make your highway and city drive a lot more relaxed without compromising on fuel efficiency.

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    The Comfortline turbo is also available with a 6-speed torque-converter automatic transmission for an additional Rs. 1.1 lakh. This asking price is also acceptable for the torque converter automatic. The only notable feature missing in the Comfortline trim is the steering-mounted controls. Otherwise, it appears reasonably loaded.

    Volkswagen Polo Comfortline vs Highline Plus Variant - Price and Features Comparison

    The Polo Highline Plus variant costs Rs. 8.49 lakh with the manual and Rs. 9.6 lakh with the automatic. The Polo Highline Plus petrol is Rs. 1.1 lakh more expensive than the Polo Comfortline.

    VW POLO COMFORTLINE vs HIGHLINE PLUS | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    COMFORTLINE

    DIFFERENCE

    HIGHLINE PLUS

    1.0 TURBO MT

    Rs. 7,41,000

    Rs. 1,08,000

    Rs. 8,49,000

    DIFFERENCE

    Rs. 1,10,000

    -

    Rs. 1,11,000

    1.0 TURBO AT

    Rs. 8,51,000

    Rs. 1,09,000

    Rs. 9,60,000

     

    The Highline Plus variant mostly adds good-to-have features to make the package more alluring. Some of its key additional features include 16-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming IRVM, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and steering-mounted controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel, front armrest, auto AC with rear AC vents, power-foldable ORVMs, cruise control and auto wipers.

    POLO HIGHLINE PLUS | FEATURES OVER COMFORTLINE

    Rs. 8,49,000 (Turbo Petrol MT) | Rs. 9,60,000 (Turbo Petrol AT) | Ex-Showroom August 2021

    Safety & Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Cornering Lamps

    Cruise Control

    R16 Alloy Wheels

    Steering-Mounted Controls

    One-touch Up/Down Windows

    Leather Steering & Gear Knob

    Hill Start Assist (AT)

    Auto AC w/ Rear AC Vents

    Chrome Interior Details

    Electronic Stability Control (AT)

    Remote Open/Close Windows

     

    Auto-dimming IRVM

    Rain-sensing wipers

     

    Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

    Electrically Foldable ORVMs

     

    7-inch Touchscreen

    Front Armrest 

     

    Voice Command 

    Rear Power Outlet

     

     

    The upgrade from the Comfortline turbo to Highline Plus turbo is almost justified. But, most of the additional features are good-to-have. If you wish to have these features, then the VW Polo Highline Plus is worth buying over the lower variants.

    Volkswagen Polo Highline Plus vs GT TSI Variant - Price and Features Comparison

    VW POLO GT vs HIGHLINE PLUS | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    HIGHLINE PLUS

    DIFFERENCE

    GT TSI

    1.0 TURBO MT

    Rs. 8,49,000

    -

    NA

    DIFFERENCE

    Rs. 1,11,000

     

    -

    1.0 TURBO AT

    Rs. 9,60,000

    Rs. 39,900

    Rs. 9,99,900

     

    The top-of-the-line Polo GT TSI variant is only available with an automatic transmission option, and costs Rs. 40,000 more than the Highline Plus automatic. The GT TSI variant comes primarily with cosmetic features like black ORVMs, black rear roof spoiler, black interior but with an added black rear spoiler and black ORVMs. Surprisingly, this variant doesn’t get rear AC vents, front centre armrest and rear 12v power socket. Keeping that in mind, the Highline Plus variant becomes a little difficult to recommend. Buy the GT variant only if you like styling elements and don’t mind the missing features.

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    POLO GT | FEATURES OVER HIGHLINE PLUS

    Rs. 9,99,900 (Turbo Petrol AT) | Ex-Showroom August 2021

    Black Rear Spoiler

    Black ORVMs

    (-) Front Armrest

    (-) Rear 12v Socket

    Black Interior Trim

    (-) Rear AC Vents

    Which Variant Of The Volkswagen Polo Petrol Should You Buy In August 2021?

    Now let’s sum it all up. The base variant only gets the normal petrol engine and barely enough features for the asking price. Skip this one and consider at least the Comfortline trim with the turbo petrol engine. The non-turbo engine will feel underpowered outside the city limits and the turbo isn’t all that expensive.

    If you want some more creature comforts, then you can go with the Highline Plus, although it doesn’t offer as much value as the Comfortline.

    VOLKSWAGEN POLO MANUAL | RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Price

    Recommendation

    Trendline

    Rank 3

    Rs. 6,16,500

    Not recommended

    Comfortline

    Rank 4

    Rs. 7,11,000

    Better upgrade to Comfortline Turbo

    Comfortline Turbo

    Rank 1

    Rs. 7,41,000

    Top recommended

    Highline Plus Turbo

    Rank 2

    Rs. 8,49,000

    Worth upgrading

     

    With the automatic transmission, again, the Comfortline turbo is our top recommendation. The Highline Plus automatic is worth upgrading for the additional features even though it’s not a total VFM package.

    The GT variant adds some cosmetic features to the feature list but takes away the front centre armrest and rear AC vents in exchange. We do not recommend buying the Polo GT petrol.

    VOLKSWAGEN POLO AUTOMATIC | RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Price

    Recommendation

    Comfortline Turbo

    Rank 1

    Rs. 8,51,000

    Top Recommended

    Highline Plus Turbo

    Rank 2

    Rs. 9,60,000

    Worth Upgrading

    GT Turbo

    Rank 3

    Rs. 9,99,900

    Not recommended

    What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Volkswagen Polo Petrol?

    The Polo’s 1.0-litre normal petrol engine makes only 76PS of maximum power and 95Nm of peak torque. In this segment, this engine is the least powerful and has a torque-to-weight ratio of less than 100Nm per tonne. This engine offers a claimed fuel efficiency of 17.74kmpl, which is just better than what the Jazz offers.

    VOLKSWAGEN POLO vs B2-SEGMENT HATCHBACKS

    NORMAL PETROL ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON

     

    Polo

    i20

    Baleno/Glanza

    Altroz

    Figo

    Jazz

    Displacement

    1.0L

    1.2L

    1.2L

    1.2L

    1.2L

    1.2L

    Cylinder

    3

    4

    4

    3

    3

    4

    Cubic Capacity

    999cc

    1197cc

    1197cc

    1199cc

    1194cc

    1199cc

    Maximum Power

    76PS @ 6200rpm

    83PS / 88PS (CVT) @ 6000rpm

    83PS @ 6000rpm

    86PS @ 6000rpm

    96PS @ 6500rpm

    90PS @ 6000rpm

    Power:Weight

    73.79PS/t

    84.09PS/t

    93.26PS/t

    83.01PS/t

    91.95PS/t

    86.37PS/t

    Peak Torque

    95Nm @ 2950 - 3800rpm

    115Nm @ 4200rpm

    113Nm @ 4200rpm

    113Nm @ 3300rpm

    119Nm @ 4250rpm

    110Nm @ 4800rpm

    Torque:Weight

    92.23Nm/t

    116.51Nm/t

    126.97Nm/t

    109.07Nm/t

    113.98Nm/t

    105.57Nm/t

    Manual

    Transmission

    5-speed

    5-speed

    5-Speed

    5-Speed

    5-Speed

    5-Speed

    Manual

    Claimed FE

    17.74kmpl

    20.35kmpl

    21.01kmpl

    19.76kmpl

    18.5kmpl

    16.6kmpl

    Automatic

    Transmission

    -

    CVT

    CVT

    -

    -

    CVT

    Automatic

    Claimed FE

    -

    19.65kmpl

    19.56kmpl

    -

    -

    17.1kmpl

     

    On the other hand, the Polo’s 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine makes a healthy 110PS of power and 175Nm of class-leading torque. We strongly suggest buying the Polo with this engine as it doesn’t cost a lot but offers way better torque and performance without compromising on the fuel efficiency. The Polo turbo petrol is also available with a 6-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

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    VOLKSWAGEN POLO vs B2-SEGMENT HATCHBACKS

    TURBO PETROL ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON

     

    Polo Turbo

    i20 Turbo

    Altroz Turbo

    Displacement

    1.0L

    1.0L

    1.2L

    Cylinder

    3

    3

    3

    Cubic Capacity

    999cc

    998cc

    1199cc

    Maximum Power

    110PS @ 5000rpm

    120PS @ 6000rpm

    110PS @ 5500rpm

    Power:Weight

    102.61PS/t

    120PS/t

    105PS/t*

    Peak Torque

    175Nm @ 1750 - 4000rpm

    172Nm @ 1500 - 4000rpm

    140Nm @ 1500 - 5500rpm

    Torque:Weight

    163.25Nm/t

    172Nm/t

    133Nm/t*

    Manual Transmission

    6-speed

    6-speed ACMT

    5-Speed

    Manual Claimed FE

    18.24kmpl

    20kmpl

    18.13kmpl

    Automatic Transmission

    6-speed TC

    7-speed DCT

    -

    Automatic Claimed FE

    16.47kmpl

    20.25kmpl

    -

    *Unofficial

    What Are The Dimensions Of The Volkswagen Polo?

    The Polo is a B2 segment hatchback and its length is almost 4m. In terms of width, height and wheelbase, the Polo is smaller than its market rivals. The Polo’s boot space is better than only the Figo’s. It comes with 14-, 15- and 16-inch wheel size options.

    VOLKSWAGEN POLO vs B2-SEGMENT HATCHBACKS

    DIMENSION COMPARISON

     

    Polo

    i20

    Baleno/Glanza

    Jazz

    Altroz

    Figo

    Length

    3971mm

    3995mm

    3995mm

    3989mm

    3990mm

    3941mm

    Width

    1682mm

    1775mm

    1745mm

    1694mm

    1755mm

    1704mm

    Height

    1469mm

    1505mm

    1510mm

    1544mm

    1523mm

    1525mm

    Wheelbase

    2469mm

    2580mm

    2520mm

    2530mm

    2501mm

    2490mm

    Boot Space

    280-lt

    311-lt

    339-lt

    354-lt

    345-lt

    257-lt

    Ground Clearance

    165mm

    170mm

    170mm

    165mm*

    165mm

    174mm

    Fuel Tank

    45-lt

    37-lt

    37-lt

    40-lt

    37-lt

    42-lt

    Tyre Size (Base)

    175/70 R14

    185/65 R15

    185/65 R15 / 195/55 R16

    175/65 R15

    165/80 R14

    175/65 R14

    Tyre Size (Top)

    195/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    175/65 R15

    195/55 R16

    195/55 R15

    *unofficial

    What Are The Volkswagen Polo Exterior Colour Options?

    The Volkswagen Polo is available in 7 exterior colour options:

    • White
    • Silver
    • Grey
    • Bright Red
    • Dark Red

    Please note if you want the Trendline or Comfortline variants of the Polo in metallic shades like silver, grey and dark red, then they’ll add another Rs. 10,000 to the ex-showroom cost.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he’s mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He’s usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars’ editorial team. 

    Twitter handle: @lakshya_khanna

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