2010 Volkswagen Polo – Top Speed India

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2010 Volkswagen Polo

Posted on 09.6.2011 17:19 by Karanbir

The Volkswagen Polo is setting ablaze the racetracks at the Indian version of the Polo Cup. Young aspiring F1 drivers aim to win this coveted championship and then hope to race in Europe in the Volkswagen Scirosso cup. The German manufacturer has been aggressive and bold in India and wants to chart their own path rather than going with the flow.

The VW Jetta, Passat and Toureg, all impressed us with their quality and engineering, with the Polo the manufacturer wants to be acknowledged by the enthusiast buyer as well. So far it’s worked well. VW India has rolled out its 100,000th car from its plant near Pune with the 100,000th car being rolled out within five months of the 50,000th car.

The Polo is VW’s money spinning car and with prices starting from Rs4,61,251 to Rs6,44,475 for the petrol and Rs5,64,130 to Rs7,12,145 for the diesel variant ex-showroom New Delhi, we predict tough times for the Japanese manufacturers.

So far it’s been a very German like performance by Volkswagen. Their dealerships are run extremely professionally, branding and marketing too has been spot on and even their Chakan plant was built in a record time of 17 months. The Polo is the cheapest European car available in India and not since the launch of the Swift in 2005 has any car in the hatchback segment been so desirable.


The Polo is based on the PQ25 platform which is the same as the Skoda Fabia. The Polo has become bigger with every generation and the current version is very German in its look. Clean simple lines, nothing flashy, no unwarranted extra design elements and unbelievably well put together. It’s a smart looking car without having any flair to its looks.

If we had to pick one, then the front profile with its large VW badge on the twin bar horizontal grille and sharp headlamps on the well defined bumper is the best looking part of the car. The wheel arches are mildly flared and the styling is minimalist without being boring with a strong crease lines.


The interior layout of the Polo is simple. The controls are put together in an uncomplicated manner and you instinctively know where everything is. Styling is typically clinical like German cars which could be aesthetically boring to some. Classically VW, the quality of material used is top notch and a class apart. The black and beige dashboard with red backlighting for the instrument gauges gives an air of sophistication.

The dials are large and legible, centre console is neat, there is enough storage space and door pockets all round. The faux chrome door handles look good but there is no option of steering wheel mounted controls, rear parking sensors and surprisingly no aux port.

Talking space, up front the driver and passenger both have generous headroom and good legroom with supportive seats but the rear passengers aren’t as lucky and kneeroom is poor for a premium hatchback. If we have found a fault yet with the Polo then it has to be with the lack of interior space.

The Trendline variant gets front power windows, power steering and air-con, while the Comfortline comes with power windows all round, body colored door handles and the top-of-the-line gets a MP3 player, rear wiper, remote locking, multi-function display, alloy wheels, fog lamps, ABS and airbags.

Engine and performance

The Polo comes with three engine variants. A 1.2 and 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.2-litre diesel. The three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine produces 75PS@5400rpm and 110Nm of torque at 2000rpm which on paper doesn’t promise much but the engine is refined and the Polo delivers excellent driveability. Power is available across the rev band and 100kmph is reached in under 17seconds. The timing is modest at best but what makes it impressive is the way she projects her power.

The 1.2 petrol engine isn’t the most powerful in the hatchback segment but she makes up for it with a superb 5-speed gear box that delivers linear power delivery. The gear shift is slick and precise and the Polo delivers an ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 17.24 which is more than the Skoda Fabia, Hyundai i20, and Fiat Grande Punto but marginally less than the Honda Jazz.

The 1.6-litre petrol engine is the same as the one used in the Polo Cup and for the enthusiast buyer this is the best choice of engine in the premium hatchback segment. The engine produces 105PS@5250rpm and 153Nm of torque at 3750rpm. The 1.6-litr engine is paired with a 5-speed manual gear box and has a claimed fuel efficiency of 15.96kmpl.

The engine which is selling the most is the 1.2-litre common-rail 3 cylinder diesel engine which is the same engine as in the Fabia. The engine isn’t as refined as a 4-cylinder unit and produces 75PS@ 4200rpm and a torque of 180Nm@2000rom. Unlike the linear power delivery of the petrol, power is delivered in bursts by the VGT aided engine and it feels unresponsive and takes more than 16seconds to 100kmph.

The 5-speed gearbox which is also the same as the Fabia is not slick and drivability isn’t the strongest point of the Polo. The shabby performance to an extent is made up by the Polo’s excellent ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 22.1kmpl.


The suspension setting for city driving is perfect. The MacPherson struts in the front and torsion beams at the rear absorbs the bumps and undulations without the occupants feeling them. The ride improves at high speed and so does the stability of the Polo. It is confidence inspiring and feels as planted as luxury sedans at three digit speeds. Handling is the Polo’s strength and we can only think of the Swift which can come close to the Polo in this department.

There is an air of solidity to the handling especially the way the chassis feels and the accurate steering. There is a bit of body roll but the Polo will satisfy all your racer boy aspirations. On the whole, ride and handling is setup perfectly.


The Polo’s biggest competitor will be the recently launched Maruti Suzuki Swift. The Swift is sort of a legend in Indian automobiles with its sharp handling, performance, looks and low cost of maintenance. The Hyundai i20 with its interior space, ride quality, styling and refined engines has been selling well since its launch.

The exceptionally built Skoda Fabia with its good ride quality is another competitor. The Nissan Micra is also another good rounded package.


To put it in a nutshell, the Polo gives you German engineering at an affordable price. You get a high-quality car built to exemplary standards. It feels and drives very different to the Japanese hatches that we have become used to. It sets a benchmark in handling, build quality, offers excellent ride and for the petrol heads VW offers a 1.6-petrol engine.

It’s smartly styled premium feeling car and the only area it disappoints is the interior space and the low on performance diesel engine.

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