Volkswagen today launched a petrol variant of its popular hatchback Polo. The 1.2-litre new Polo is priced at Rs. 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), said Arvind Saxena, managing director for passenger cars, Volkswagen Group Sales India after the launch in Mumbai. The company has not offered the price range for the Mumbai market.
“Fuel efficiency has become vital for every customer looking at purchasing a new car and the Polo GT TSI is an answer to this demand offering maximum power and minimum consumption,” Saxena said, adding that the TSI is a pioneering technology of petrol engines by Volkswagen.
Volkswagen, the largest European car maker, sells the Polo, Vento, Jetta, Passat and the Touareg in the domestic market.
Transmission Type: Automatic
Engine Description: 1.2-litre 103.6bhp 16V TSi Petrol Engine
Maximum Power: 103.6bhp@5000rpm
Maximum Torque: 175Nm@1500-4100rpm
Fuel Type: Petrol
Fuel Tank Capacity(litres): 45
- Seating Capacity: 5
Air Conditioner YES
CD Player YES
Anti-Lock Braking System: YES
Power Steering: YES
Power Windows YES
Leather Seats NO
Central Locking YES
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI Review
Volkswagen Group is one of the few automobile manufacturers in the world who managed to be both artists as well as engineers. That reflects in the tag line created by the company “Das Auto”. The German automobile giant managed to be creatively efficient while designing some of the most innovative engineering products of its time. One such pearl from the company is the Volkswagen Polo hatchback model lineup. The vehicle was introduced for the first time in 1975 and over the years it took some interesting modifications and alterations which lasted across five generations. Though several models and variants are offered in the Volkswagen Polo, the latest entrant Volkswagen Polo GT TSI remains to be undoubtedly a true sports hatch. Arguably Volkswagen created one of the class defining hatchbacks which actually allowed manufacturers and auto enthusiasts alike across the world to realize the full potential of this hatchback. And being a hatch and a performance packed vehicle simultaneously, the company made sure the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI gets the best available technology. Sporting a 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine and a dual clutch seven speed DSG , the vehicle offers really competitive performance. The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is special not just in terms of its internal machinery but also for its striking looks. The vehicle offers a visually appealing design statement which still bears resemblance to the traditional Volkswagen Polo design, while incorporating aerodynamic and contemporary design principles. All these and the promising price tag, do make Volkswagen Polo GT TSI a car to look out for on the Indian roads.
The exteriors of this Volkswagen Polo GT TSI variant are done up with style. The vehicle comes with a very impressive design profile, which not only offers the homely domestic appeal of a family hatchback but also provides a trendy sporty appeal to it. The design feature of the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI has been done up quite intricately. Be it the trendy front fascia which offers a blend in elements where even the headlamp cluster and bumper are part of the framework rather than protruding designs. Everything blends in so perfectly with the design. The front grill stretches along the headlamp cluster and has a small GT logo at the right-top end. The Volkswagen logo in the middle some how offers a symmetric design to the front fascia. The front bumper is offered with colored air intakes and fog lamps which give the vehicle an aggressive and sporty look. The new 6J x 15 inch Estrada alloy wheels make the side profile look impressive, which are further covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 185/60 R15. The overall length of the vehicle is maintained to be a hatchback with 3970mm while the width and height of the vehicle are 1682mm and 1453mm respectively . The wheelbase of the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is 2456mm. With a ground clearance of 168mm, the vehicle is evidently fit for the Indian roads.
Volkswagen Group as a company never compromised with the interior design of its vehicles and evidently took as much care to the interior design as it did to the exterior design. The interiors of Volkswagen Polo GT TSI get more or less similar design and features as the latest general version of Volkswagen Polo. The interiors feature a rich build quality which along with the superior Milan Titanschwarz fabric upholstery, which reflects style and luxury. The DSG gearbox gives the Indian customers a brand new gear experience. The dual tone dashboard in the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI too is more or less the same as the other variants. The interior boot volume of the vehicle is a hefty 260 litres while the fuel tank can house 45 litres of petrol in it.
Engine and Performance
The company has equipped this hatchback with a four cylinder, 1197cc based, 1.2 litre turbo charged petrol engine , the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is in every way a true performance vehicle. The engine is powerful enough to churn out 105bhp at 5000rpm along with an impressive 175Nm at 1500 to 4100rpm . The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI can offer an equally astounding pick up of 9.7 seconds to hit 100 Kmph from a standstill. The engine also helps the vehicle in offering an impressive mileage of about 17.2 Kmpl, when driven under standard conditions. The top speed of the vehicle too is competitive at a rather excellent 190 Kmph.
Braking and Handling
The Volkswagen Group is also one of the elite automakers who is known for making vehicles which can sustain safely despite the drivers driving. The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI too stands tough by being an extremely efficient vehicle withprofessional stability and braking systems. The variant features ventilated front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. With McPherson struts in the front and semi independent trailing arm suspension in the rear, the vehicle gives great handling even around the corners and tricky turns.
The company is known for a lot of things and integrating top quality comfort features is certainly one of their qualities. Volkswagen Group is known for bringing in luxury, style and comfort to even the lowest end of vehicle segments in the hierarchy such as hatchbacks. The Volkswagen signature is evident in every aspect of the interiors with the new seven speed DSG transmission system and comfortable seating arrangement. The vehicle offers decent interior spacing with ample leg room and decent head room. The air conditioning system is proficient along with the music system, which is advanced and provides a relaxing ambiance inside.
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is extremely safe and performance a packed vehicle. The vehicle is destined to revolutionize the hatchback range in the market. The German manufacturer took all the right safety ingredients and incorporated them in the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI variant. The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI offers anti lock braking system, dual airbags, an advanced electronic immobilizer with central locking all in all making the vehicle fit to run at the top speeds. Other significant aspects included in this powerful hatchback includes a hill hold function , a GT badge on the grille sports interior pedals and a stylish auto-box gear knob as well. Apart from all these, this top variant will also feature an advanced electronic safety program, which will further enhance its safety quotient as well.
Pros: Sporty exteriors, plush interiors, a powerful petrol engine.
Cons: Price can be further reduced for Indian market, mileage can be improved