Volkswagen Polo vs Rivals: Spec Comparison
- Sep 6, 2019
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Volkswagen India has given the Polo and Vento yet another update. But this time around, it gets more than just stickers, seat covers and fancy badges. The carmaker has given them a much needed facelift. However, don't get your hopes up as the facelift is limited to minor cosmetic nips and tucks. Have a look at the facelifted models in detailed images.
Both models come with a revamped front fascia and look similar. The vertical chrome slat grille has been replaced by a GTI-esque honeycomb mesh grille. Even the lower bumper takes styling cues from the Polo GTI. However, in doing so, the Vento seems to have lost its unique identity which it acquired from its bigger siblings when viewed head-on.
The Polo comes with the same dual-barrel halogen headlamps as before while the Vento comes with LED headlamps with DRLs. The fog lamps on both models are much sleeker than before. They also have static cornering function as well.
Nothing much has changed on the sides of both models. They also continue with the same set of 16-inch alloy wheels as before. But Volkswagen has added side skirts on both models which not only improves the stance, but also adds some visual drama.
However, if you need more visual drama, Volkswagen is offering a GT Line add-on pack that adds sporty bits like a black roof, spoiler and ORVMs. It also comes with GT body decals and badges on the side. The GT Line can be had in the Polo GT variants and Vento Highline Plus DSG variant.
At the rear, both models now come with restyled tail lamps with LED elements. The rear bumpers on both cars now come with a faux diffuser-like black plastic trim to reduce visual bulk.
As subtle as the exterior changes are, the interiors of both models don’t get any changes whatsoever. Infact, the basic dashboard design has remained unchanged since 2010.
What’s new though is the introduction of ‘Volkswagen Connect’ connected-car tech. Noted connected features include driving behaviour and statistics, trip sharing, dealer intimation of service malfunction, and more. Volkswagen Connect is available as standard on the top-spec variants of both cars.
Apart from that, both models also come with new safety features like driver and co-driver seatbelt warning and a high-speed alert system. Dual Airbags and ABS with EBD are standard across the range. Top-spec variants also come with ESP, hill hold and rear parking camera. The Vento’s top-spec variant also packs in side airbags, taking the total count to four.
Under the hood, both models continue with the same set of engines as before. They haven’t been upgraded to meet BS6-emission norms either. The Polo can be had with a 1.0-litre MPI petrol engine and a 1.5-litre TDI diesel unit. The petrol unit develops 76PS and 95Nm while the diesel engine puts out 90PS and 230Nm. Both engines can be had with a 5-speed manual gearbox only.
The enthusiast’s choice - the GT TSI and GT TDI - has been retained in the new lineup. The GT TSI’s 1.2-litre unit develops 105PS and 175Nm and can be had with a 7-speed DSG only. On the other hand, the GT TDI comes with a 1.5-litre TDI engine that develops 110PS and 250Nm. It can be had with a 5-speed manual gearbox only.
The Vento facelift can be had with a total of three engine options - two petrols and one diesel. The petrol line up consists of a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated unit and a 1.2-litre TSI turbo-petrol motor. The former develops 105PS of power and 153Nm of torque whereas the latter puts out 105PS and 175Nm. The naturally aspirated petrol engine can only be had with a 5-speed manual while the TSI unit comes with the 7-speed DSG.
On the other hand, the Vento TDI comes with a 1.5-litre TDI engine that develops 110PS of power and 250Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 7-speed DSG transmission.
Prices for the Polo facelift start from Rs 5.82 lakh and goes up to Rs 9.31 lakh (ex-showroom) while the Vento facelift starts from Rs 8.76 lakh and goes up to Rs 14.49 lakh (ex-showroom). If you intend to pick up the sporty GT variants of the Polo, you’ll have to shell out Rs 9.76 lakh for the GT TSI while the GT TDI will set you back by Rs 9.88 lakh (ex-showroom).
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