Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI – our first impressions

29 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI – our first impressions


Volkswagen Polo

1.2 TSI #8211; our impressions

The Volkswagen Polo is a car we have been looking to drive ever since Group Malaysia announced in August that it will be below RM110K, which it a #8220;possible dream#8221; for many. The 2010 European and World Car of the at the price of a Jazz? Tempting!

For money, we#8217;re offered the tech #8211; a 1.2-litre TSI and a 7-speed DSG gearbox wrapped in the looks of the fifth-generation Polo. to the appeal is that it#8217;s a which counts good high tech and #8220;premiumness#8221; (in as brand attributes.

Continue the report after the jump.

truly only got to drive the for about 50 plus km, so this the full experience I was hoping We still managed to drive it a variety of speeds and roads enough for the Polo to make a impression.

Like you, seen VGM#8217;s ads of the Polo a chilli red model with big wheels, and that image was created the desire in me. Seeing the spec Polo for the first in the metal was slightly underwhelming as a #8211; while the Polo is a looking #8220;Mini Golf#8221; of with crisp lines, surfaces and that new family the wheels were 15-inch (with a dull design and there are no fog lamps and chrome for the air intake.

It was sort of like meeting who looks smashing on Facebook but not as spectacular in the flesh. A bit of a downer but the Polo is still a classy hatch and there#8217;s nothing a upsize or some aftermarket can#8217;t fix. But unlike the people on FB, there#8217;s no bad intention on part #8211; disclaimer Wolfsburg only allows press photos in communication and these images typically the high spec range

The impression of a basic model inside. There#8217;s a lot that#8217;s about the Polo#8217;s cabin. quality materials (soft dash moulding, door are of the harder variety), good fit and simple but classy dials are a VW hallmark (now with fuel gauge) and decent seats are appreciated (decent support and base not too short), but aspects remind you that is a basic spec car.

The factory RCD210 system basic compared to the usual in local VWs and it doesn#8217;t take up the slot reserved for the stereo, a letterbox shaped cubby. stark is the row of buttons above it only two occupants out of seven. The is leather wrapped and has some metallic accents, but the right is empty #8211; the Polo come with cruise

The air con system is a simple three-dial unit so there#8217;s no dual-zone or display. VW rarely makes mistakes, but the placement and orientation of the mirror controls are really for something that should be

To be fair, we#8217;re used to playing in the premium segment in and the fact that VGM managed to in the Polo CBU from South at this price is already What we noticed above deal breakers by any means, and equipment list probably get much complain from in Berlin or Paris; Malaysians are a bunch to convince when it to cars!

Not much frills perhaps, but the are there. The 5-star Euro rated Polo comes ABS plus front, curtain and airbags ( UPDATE . Airbag is now 4, instead of 6 during our test The drivetrain is very advanced for the This is one of the best examples of the Euro-led downsizing trend, technology to #8220;get away just a 1.2#8243;, improving and economy without harming

The Polo#8217;s 1.2 is a SOHC 8-valve with direct injection and a It makes 105 PS at 5,000 rpm and 175 Nm or torque 1,550 to 4,100 rpm.

If that sounds impressive by you need some markers. The Civic 1.8 makes 1 Nm less the Polo, and that#8217;s achieved at rpm, mind you. The Vios#8217; 1.5-litre unit may 4 PS more, but that#8217;s done rpm higher than the Polo.

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Perhaps dual-clutch gearboxes too. But there are the merely OK and there are the really good Both the Ford Fiesta and the come with dry versions of the clutch #8216;box, but DSG is the better of the

Not just because it has one extra ratio (7 versus 6 of the Powershift), but it#8217;s much better in DSG shifts faster, is smoother and has logic, although this dry unit is slightly less and quiet as the 6-speed wet clutch (Golf GTI, Scirocco at low speeds. This is because no oil here to #8220;lubricate#8221; and #8220;absorb#8221; the of the clutches.

No paddle shifters, but there is override for the DSG, which is a partner to the engine. Acceleration is for a 1.2; VW quotes 0-100 in 9.7 seconds, which is impressive, but it faster than that. no build up period when you it, as the Polo surges ahead urgency thanks to the turbo.

The slows down at higher but there#8217;s no need to wring out last rpm #8211; it#8217;s not sort of engine #8211; it#8217;s smooth if you do so. There#8217;s a slight growl to the engine too. And no engineered pop on upshifts, reserved for sporty cars.

TSI DSG is a great drivetrain that the Fiesta#8217;s anyday, but when it to ride, handling and communication, the does better, which a big surprise. The Polo rides in town and smothers out rough pretty well, but the suspension is than expected. The DUKE is quite wavy and it was here (at speeds) that the Polo was bouncy on the crests.

Elsewhere, the little VW is a good #8211; it#8217;s quiet and 110 is done at about 2,200 However, the brakes and steering feel as natural as the Fiesta#8217;s and the is light and very low on feedback. need a longer B-road but for now, the Fiesta remains the car to drive.

The Volkswagen Polo is a little hatchback that#8217;s classy and high quality. The here is the great combo of TSI and and that the whole package is at RM109,593 (OTR without

Yes, it lacks the bells and and isn#8217;t the most fun to drive, but the is a good introduction to what a VW is all But if you can afford another RM40K, the 1.4 TSI is something else altogether!

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