Here is then the new Polo from Volkswagen and this took a lot of time as the last gen Polo arrived worldwide nearly eight years ago. The Polo was the first car also to be launched in India and still today is the best seller from Volkswagen. The new sixth gen model is bigger, lighter, better equipped and changed in every way. Here is a quick first look.
Styling and space
The new Polo is now much closer in terms of styling to the Golf and has grown bigger, moving past the 4m length. The new Polo, with its length of 4,053 mm, is slightly shorter than the fourth generation Golf, but it surpasses that Golf when it comes to its wheelbase (53 mm longer) and space for the driver, passengers and luggage (21 litres more). At the same time, the new Volkswagen Polo gained a total of 69 mm in width and now measures 1,751 mm. As already mentioned, interior height decreased just slightly, by 7 mm, and remains nearly the same as the previous model at 1,446 mm. There is a new flexible MQB platform too and that has a big effect here. It is sportier, lower and meaner with a more premium look. Worldwide the new Polo will have R-Line, Black and Style trims while the GTI is the sportiest.
Inside the effect of change is bigger with an entirely new look with a cleaner, simpple yet handsome cabin design. You have digital instruments, a choice of touchscreens from 6.5 to 8.0 inches along with the App Connect feature with MirrorLink, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and other apps. There is a panoramic sunroof, background lighting, wireless charging and lots of features. Plus there is a range of assistance features with Front Assist / City Emergency Braking / Pedestrian Monitoring, ACC / Blind Spot Detection / Rear View and Park Assist with manoeuvring braking function.
There are new petrol engines with a 1.0 MPI to 1.5 TSI while also you have new 1.6 TDI engines. All Polo engine variants come equipped with a stop-start system and a regenerative braking mode as standard. The GTI engine gets a 2.0 TSI. There is an option of a 5-speed and 6-speed manual while there is also a 7-speed DSG.
The new Polo takes a huge leap and is now more closer to the Golf. The equipment levels will shame a luxury car sold here and it looks premium while having more space. Problem is for India the new Polo may not come as it would be too costly plus VW will have to put in huge investments to its plant to make this MQB platform Polo to have any kind of cost advantage. Also VW will have to water down the equipment levels to make below Rs 10 lakh, thus as impressive as it is, we will have to wait for a long time to see this on our roads.