Volkswagen Polo Hatchback Overview

OVERVIEW ;

The crossover is essentially a beefed up version of the Polo hatchback with additional design elements adding more muscle to the exterior profile. Available with a choice of petrol and diesel fuels, it gets the same units that power Polo hatchback.

Based on Polo, the crossover looks identical to its hatchback sibling barring the additional elements on the exterior like black body cladding and roof rails lending Cross Polo the much needed beefy look. The two models are not too far apart even on the inside with similar styling and layout. Sharing the same mechanicals as Polo, it gets 1.2 litre MPI petrol and 1.5 litre TDI engines with a five-speed manual transmission. Check On Road Price of Polo

STYLING AND DESIGN ;

Talking about the exterior, the front fascia gets a bold radiator grille that comes with horizontal chrome plated slats which is surrounded by a trendy headlight cluster. VW Cross Polo comes with dual tone bumper that is trimly designed and features black matte coloured air dam for engine cooling. The side profile is flaunted by black cladding along with molded covers of wheel arches which are fitted with 15 inch alloy wheels that comes with 5 spoke design. Moreover, another idiosyncratic feature of VW Cross Polo is the set of silver anodized roof rails that gives a sportier look to this hatch. The rear profile features a curvy boot lid that is embossed with variant badge and company logo. The tail lamp clusters is equipped with halogen reverse light as well as turn indicators. The rear bumper also comes with dual tone finish along with pair of bright reflectors. Talking about the dimensions, this compact crossover gets large wheelbase of 2469mm and overall length of 3987mm, total width of 1698mm and height of 1483mm along with decent ground clearance of 165mm and turning radius of 5.4meters.

COMFORT AND SPACE;

Volkswagen Polo has a gorgeous and luxurious interior with top quality premium leather upholstery, beautiful door panels, leather trimmed multi-function power steering wheel with height and rake adjustment, leather covered gear lever and hand brake lever, a powerful Automatic Climate Control System, cruise control, central locking with radio remote control, front center armrest with storage box, multi-function display, all four power windows, front and rear floor mats, a variety of storage space including map pockets and door side pockets, aluminium look pedal caps, glove compartment with cooling function, height adjustable sports front seats with Cross Polo signature embroidered into their backrests and drawers under them, flat tire indicator, steel spare wheel with equipment tire, fold-able rear seats for extra space, good boot space and a quality RCD320 Radio CD system with single-CD, AUX-in multimedia socket, Bluetooth phone preparation, MDI multimedia socket, USB adapter cable and six powerful and loud 4×20 watts speakers. Thus, the interior also is an image of luxury, space and complete entertainment.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;

The Polo is powered by two engines, a 1,198 cc MPI petrol engine and a 1,498 TDI diesel engine. The diesel engine generates 89 hp of power at 4,200 rpm and 230 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 2,500 rpm while the petrol motor produces 74 hp of power at 5,400 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm.Both engine options available in the Volkswagen Cross Polo come with a 5 speed manual transmission. There is no automatic transmission, however, the gear ratios of both gearboxes have been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency.Both variants of the Volkswagen Cross Polo are offered with ABS (Anti lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), dual front airbags, front and rear fog lamps, anti pinch power windows as well as an immobiliser. These features are comparable to its segment.The Volkswagen Cross Polo has a certified mileage of 20.14 kmpl for the diesel engine powered version and 16.47 kmpl for the petrol powered trims. These fuel efficiency figures are acceptable when compared to its competitors.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The ride is firm, typical to a Euro-spec car and I couldn’t find any potholes in Germany to comment on how good or bad it can get on the broken roads. But over a few ruts and joints, the suspension seemed pretty silent. The braking is sharper than the outgoing Polo and has a progressive and predictive feel to it. The steering setup has improved as well and weighs up well even at autobahn speeds. I’m guessing the new Polo has the same level of confidence around the twisties too.We will find that out when we have a longer drive in the supermini. I’m not sure when or where that will be, just the way Volkswagen isn’t sure if and when the new Polo will come to India. The MQB platform that gives the new Polo its matured drivetrain and handling, also comes at a price that has Volkswagen India worried. But I hope they crack the problem soon, for the new Polo promises to be a cracker of a supermini that seems poised to surpass benchmarks set by its predecessor.

SAFETY ;

In this stunning machine, you will find a number of security elements that will make the drive smooth and safe. It comes with dual front airbags that reduces the possibility of injury in case of a collision. Then, there is the anti lock braking system that prevents skidding on slippery roads and during emergency braking. Aside from these, it is available with an engine immobilizer, anti pinch power windows, rear defogger, rear parking sensors, and a few other aspects that enhance the security quotient.

BOTTOMLINE ;

At the end of the day, the Volkswagen Cross Polo is simply a cosmetic change over the regular Polo. It would have been a complete package if the automaker had plonked in a more powerful 1.6 TDI diesel engine to match the robust character of the Cross Polo along with some mechanical changes such as 17-inch wheels, higher ground clearance, etc. Despite no mechanical changes, the Cross Polo is priced around Rs. 70,000/- premium over the Polo Highline TDI. People who are style conscious and like the adventurous tone of the exteriors, the Cross Polo makes some sense. It is an attention seeker and reflects a grown up stance. Then there is the solid German build quality and impressive driving dynamics with a good blend of ride and handling. However in terms of outright value, the Cross Polo provides only a little extra over the regular Polo.

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