Volkswagen Cross Polo Review

By Amithash Bhatt   |  September 9, 2013


News about launch of hot-hatch Polo GTD from the German auto marque Volkswagen had enthused Indian car lovers last year. The company did not disappoint consumers but played a safe game, in a market which is both cost and mileage sensitive, by bringing out the Polo GT TSI. With advancements happening in automobile industry, the Indian consumers seem to be looking for something more in their products. With entry-level hatchbacks slowly losing their fame, the time looks to be right for Volkswagen to truly introduce itself in the country with all its charge. Positioning the Cross Polo above its basic hatchback, the German car maker is addressing the taste of modern day consumers who look for a combination of sportiness and distinguishable identity while not letting away three basic necessities of Indian cars, more space, more mileage and long life. The Cross Polo is essentially the Polo in new outfit.

For this highly styled hatchback, Volkswagen has rolled out a single trim which contains many features and equipment which are expected from a premium hatchback, these days. The car comes powered by the same diesel mill which is available in the Polo hatchback. Three colours are offered for the Volkswagen Cross Polo, namely the Flash Red, Reflex Silver and Deep Black.

Powertrain & Performance

Loaded with the same three-cylinder Turbocharged diesel mill as in Polo hatchback, the Cross Polo drives well and feels comfortable driving on inclinations since the torque characteristics of the engine are exceptional. On a city drive too, the car feels comfortable because of the ease of operation of its 5-speed manual transmission and the way the suspensions are designed. The maximum power for this 1199 cc diesel motor is 74 bhp @ 4200 rpm and peak torque is rated as 180 Nm @ 2000 rpm. Acceleration turns out to be much better at lower-end speeds where the car performs well and at higher rpms the car manages to cruise without hassles.

Build & Styling

Volkswagen Cross Polo has got a stunning exterior appeal with differently designed bumpers, side-body cladding and few sporty components. Volkswagen calls the bumpers as Cross bumper. These new set of bumpers have matte-black finish with meshed air-dams and circular fog lamps at front. Both front and rear bumpers have silver accents at bottom make them more visually attractive. To carry forward the off-roading look induced by bumpers, the grille gets single slit design with the Volkswagen logo and the headlamp has a blackened finish which adds to the aggression. Matte-black side-body cladding and Cross Polo badge over the doors adds more flavour and gives a unique identity to this hatchback. Silver coated roof-rails and 5-spoke alloy wheels stand as reflection to the overall theme of the hatchback.

On the interior there are not many changes compared to the Polo hatchback. The seats get Livon upholstery with titanium black finish which gives an unparalleled look to the cabin while the dashboard with quality plastic is crafted to suit the premium theme of the cabin. The design looks purely European and to make it more glossy chrome trims are used on the dashboard. While the electrically operated windows and ORVM stands for the opulence of cabin the Climatronic automatic AC gives exceptional pleasure and strengths ambience in Cross Polo. The audio system too is pretty advanced and has SD card slot and Bluetooth connectivity along with four speakers for better functionality.

Like most premium offerings the Cross Polo too is loaded with some basic safety features and few brand specific features. Anti-lock Braking System with good quality disc brakes improves the handling of the hatchback. Dual airbags for driver and front passenger reduces injuries during a serious crash. The engine immobiliser with floating code ensures greater security to the Cross Polo.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Tough Looking Exterior
    • Superb Build Quality
    • Ride and Handling
  • Cons

    • No Change in Ground Clearance
    • Not an Off-Roader