Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > Team-BHP Reviews > Official New Car Reviews


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 16th April 2011, 13:13   #2131
BHPian
 
Omega Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Thane
Posts: 145
Thanked: 39 Times
Default Re: Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by theragingbull View Post
Congrats! Just check all the oil levels and coolant level during PDI. Check for any minor scratches too. If possible, procure the car's VIN number from your dealer and post it int his thread: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/buying...cture-vin.html (ARTICLE: Find your car's date of manufacture (VIN)) ,so that you know what's the manufacturing date of your car.

Another advice: Don't get any accessories from the dealer. They are highly overpriced and of inferior quality. The original mud flaps which I got faded in just 4 months!! Matts also are available at any accessory shop for lesser money. About seat covers, again I bought them from a reputed shop. Rs.3500 leatherette covers(with VW logo). Dealer will give you the same for double the price.
I appreciate your prompt response, thank you.
Seat covers and matts from an accessory shop are a great advice. Yes, all accessories are overpriced by the dealer, but I noticed a difference in the quality of service between a dealer/authorised service centre and a local accessory shop. The dealer/service uses the appropriate nuts, bolts, grommets, clips, etc., to fix the mud flaps, while the accessory shop people use whatever means to install the mud flaps, etc. I have had a bitter experience with this with both my Innova's.

I also noticed that there is no heat shield in both Polo 1.6 & Vento 1.6 under the bonnet above the engine. The service guys told me that its not possible to install the heat shield, even if I want to, at an extra cost. The reason being that orders for spares are placed using the chasis number and if this number belongs to a Petrol 1.2/1.6 Polo or Vento, then the system does not accept the order for a heat shield. For diesel variants, it costs Rs.4000/- for the heat shield plus the installation charges. The heat shield will not only protect the bonnet from the heat but muffle the engine sounds to some extent as well.

I use my iPod Nano with the Innova's FM with a small attachment that fits like an original part of the iPod Nano. Its basically an FM transmitter which can be attached directly below the iPod Nano and derives its power from the iPod itself. No cables or other hassles. Can be tuned to any FM frequency. Uses the iPod display to show the frequency being tuned. Has just 2 up/down buttons on it for tuning. Is a quarter of the size and as slim as the iPod Nano. Has a VIA female socket for the iPod male connector. The sound quality is good enough for Rs.300-500.

Thanks again for your compliment, prompt advice and response.
Omega Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th April 2011, 18:21   #2132
BHPian
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Tiruchirappalli
Posts: 37
Thanked: 7 Times
Default Re: Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review

really in a dilemma between VV polo 1.2 HL and i20 astra. both petrol variants. we are buying a car which is going to be driven mainly by my dad. took a TD of both. liked both. features wise i20 is really good but AC was not that good even in test drive. added to that is the shocking stories of steering rattling.
when we took a TD of polo the pick up, handling and gear shifting was really good than the i20. and we loved the look of both cars but polo does have the brand image added as well.
polo HL costs 30k more on road than i20 astra but the waiting time for polo is just 1 week as the dealer had already booked one car which he expects to reach his place any time. and i20 delivery is 45 days.

which one to opt for? polo or i20?
leylander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th April 2011, 18:32   #2133
BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: pune
Posts: 320
Thanked: 124 Times
Default Re: Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review

Goodies are more in i20 but Polo is driver's car. Very well behaved and reliable. Ergonomics is better. If you are 170 cms+ in height i20 has a little problem of dashboard bottom end niggling with your knees.
CANPUSH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21st April 2011, 07:46   #2134
BHPian
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Tiruchirappalli
Posts: 37
Thanked: 7 Times
Default Re: Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review

thanks a lot for all your suggestions comment and replies, went ahead and booked polo HL pepper grey. but delivery takes 25 days now :(
leylander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21st April 2011, 12:16   #2135
Senior - BHPian
 
ajay_satpute's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Pune
Posts: 1,715
Thanked: 1,226 Times
Default Re: Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by leylander View Post
thanks a lot for all your suggestions comment and replies, went ahead and booked polo HL pepper grey. but delivery takes 25 days now :(
25 days is like dream come true man. Congrats! My friend waited a whole 3 months for the delivery. Pepper grey is one superb colour on the Polo. It looks very rich in this colour somehow.
ajay_satpute is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd April 2011, 11:51   #2136
BHPian
 
Omega Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Thane
Posts: 145
Thanked: 39 Times
Default Re: Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by leylander View Post
thanks a lot for all your suggestions comment and replies, went ahead and booked polo HL pepper grey. but delivery takes 25 days now :(
For the Flash Red, VW Polo 1.6 Highline Petrol, I am given 2 weeks delivery time. Booked it.
Omega Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd April 2011, 19:52   #2137
BHPian
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Tiruchirappalli
Posts: 37
Thanked: 7 Times
Default Re: Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review

nice one omega man....

@ ajay satpute
actually when the sales person was speaking with me there was one car which was in transshipping for them "pepper grey HL" model. had we booked it then we woud have got delivery within that week. but my dad was not sure and he wanted to take another test drive of both i20 and polo and in the end got delayed by two days.
someone else had booked that color by then. they offered us silver color for dilivery within this week itself which we declined.
leylander is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 25th April 2011, 08:24   #2138
BHPian
 
nevinfrancis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: cochin
Posts: 57
Thanked: 98 Times
Default Re: Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review

hi leylander
you wont regret buying polo.i have bought the pepper grey highline. i used to drive my friends i20 a lot before that. polo is way more fun to drive than the i20 and the handling is just great.go ahead buddy!!!
nevinfrancis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27th April 2011, 20:54   #2139
Senior - BHPian
 
theragingbull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 2,605
Thanked: 606 Times
Default Re: Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review

Done some PS mods to my Polo. I want my Polo to look like this in near future
Attached Thumbnails
Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review-my-polo.jpg  

theragingbull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th April 2011, 08:17   #2140
BHPian
 
nevinfrancis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: cochin
Posts: 57
Thanked: 98 Times
Default Re: Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review

^^ you should have downsized the tyres a little bit there. now it looks like cartwheels.
nevinfrancis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th April 2011, 10:44   #2141
BHPian
 
Omega Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Thane
Posts: 145
Thanked: 39 Times
Default Re: Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review

Hi All,

Has anyone installed Heat Shields under the bonnet of VW Polo 1.6 Petrol cars?

If yes, please share some information.

There is no Heat Shield under VW's Polo & Vento Petrol cars. :(

Cheers,
/-llvljl-\\)
Omega Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th April 2011, 15:52   #2142
BHPian
 
Omega Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Thane
Posts: 145
Thanked: 39 Times
Default Re: Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by leylander View Post
nice one omega man.....
Got the VIN number for our Flash Red VW Polo 1.6L Highline Petrol from our dealer today.

Paid 3.75 Euro online to get the Full Report for the VIN number.

The VIN Report gives you a sense of satisfaction that you are getting the right product with the assured features and specifications. Also, gives an idea of the manufacturing date which is 18th March 2011 for our car.

Edited and printed the extremely useful Team-BHP PDI Checklist and provided one copy to the dealer to make sure they go thru the list first.
Waiting for the registration formalities to get over with.
Omega Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th April 2011, 22:37   #2143
BHPian
 
Omega Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Thane
Posts: 145
Thanked: 39 Times
Default Re: Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review

Just listing some of the WITHOUTS & STANDARDS of VW POLO HIGHLINE

WITHOUTS
Without "Multimedia" in vehicle
Without additional child seat anchor
Without additional seals outside
Without additional tires
Without backrest release for front seats
Without brake pad wear indicator
Without CD/DVD for navigation
Without center armrest front
Without steering controls
Without cruise control system (CCS)
Without customized installation
Without Dashboard dimming
Without stowage box in luggage boot
Without drawers under front seats
Without electric interface
Without floor mats
Without front passenger seat adjustment from the rear
Without additional front underbody guard
Without fuel return and modified injection pressure
Without fuel tank special material treatment
Without special headlight activation
Without headlight washer system
Without heat accumulator/auxiliary heating
Without heated washer nozzles
Without identification plate
Without ignition/starter switch locking system
Without additional noise suppression measures for passenger compartment
Without vanity mirror
Without trunk lighting
Without luggage nets/pockets on backrests
Without lumbar support in seat backrests
Without mass damper for steering wheel
Without navigation device
Without surface protection, with additional transit coating
Without park distance control
Without reading light
Without rear stabilizer
Without refrigerator/glove compartment cooling system
Without vanity mirror
Without roof insert
Without seat belt reminder
Without seat heater
Without service interval prolongation
Without side air bag
Without start/stop system without regenerative braking
Without stickers and badges
Without car phone preparation/installation
Without tire pressure warning light
Without trailer hitch
Without washer fluid level indicator

STANDARDS
Standard dashboard
Standard Initial fuel filling
Standard glove compartment
Standard manually controlled air conditioning
Standard wheel bolts
Standard trunk floor covering
Standard pedal cluster
Standard rear axle
Standard roof
Standard taillight assemblies (type 2)
Standard equipment, No special purpose vehicle
Omega Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th April 2011, 00:54   #2144
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Thad E Ginathom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 6,992
Thanked: 5,033 Times
Default Re: Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review

Could you distil that list to half a dozen things that matter, and are reasonable to expect on a car of the price range? Some of the withouts seem to make little sense: I guess you could say, without wings!

What does "standard" mean anyway, as opposed to what?
Thad E Ginathom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th April 2011, 11:04   #2145
BHPian
 
Omega Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Thane
Posts: 145
Thanked: 39 Times
Default Re: Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by Thad E Ginathom View Post
Could you distil that list to half a dozen things that matter, and are reasonable to expect on a car of the price range? Some of the withouts seem to make little sense: I guess you could say, without wings!

What does "standard" mean anyway, as opposed to what?
The point I am trying to make is: the top most model of VW Polo does not even come with Standard features &/OR Basic accessories and they call it a Luxury Hatch

Anyways, here is my honest attempt to clarify the points with my limited knowledge on cars. Hope this helps

WITHOUTS
Without "Multimedia" in vehicle
* Useful - Most missed feature
Without additional child seat anchor
* Pass
Without additional seals outside
* ??? Pass
Without additional tires
* Pass - Winter tires for Europe
Without backrest release for front seats
* Useful
Without brake pad wear indicator
* Useful
Without CD/DVD for navigation
* Useful
Without center armrest front
* Useful
Without steering controls
* Useful - Nifty
Without cruise control system (CCS)
* Pass - For luxury cars above the 1 million price range
Without customized installation
* Pass
Without Dashboard dimming
* Useful
Without stowage box in luggage boot
* Pass
Without drawers under front seats
* Useful - Prefer this over stowage box in luggage boot
Without electric interface
* Pass
Without floor mats
* Useful - Should have been included as standard accessory
Without front passenger seat adjustment from the rear
* Useful
Without additional front underbody guard
* Useful - Under indian conditions
Without fuel return and modified injection pressure
* Pass
Without fuel tank special material treatment
* Useful - Considering the rampant issue with adulterated fuels
Without special headlight activation
* Useful
Without headlight washer system
* Pass
Without heat accumulator/auxiliary heating
* Pass
Without heated washer nozzles
* Pass
Without identification plate
* Pass - Let RTO successfully implement the Registration Smart Card and HSRP first
Without ignition/starter switch locking system
* Useful
Without additional noise suppression measures for passenger compartment
* Pass - Going by the reviews, the interior of this car seems adequately sound-proof
Without vanity mirror
* Useful - Although petty
Without trunk lighting
* Useful
Without luggage nets/pockets on backrests
* Pass
Without lumbar support in seat backrests
* Useful
Without mass damper for steering wheel
* Useful - Under indian road conditions
Without navigation device
* Pass - Its a matter of choice
Without surface protection, with additional transit coating
* Pass
Without park distance control
* Useful - Should have been included as standard accessory
Without reading light
* Useful
Without rear stabilizer
* Pass
Without refrigerator/glove compartment cooling system
* Pass - Useful if it can chill a beer can
Without roof insert
* Pass
Without seat belt reminder
* Useful
Without seat heater
* Pass
Without service interval prolongation
* Pass
Without side air bag
* Pass
Without start/stop system without regenerative braking
* Pass
Without stickers and badges
* Pass - The lesser the stickers and badges the better
Without car phone preparation/installation
* Useful - But I believe, even speakphones are banned by RTO
Without tire pressure warning light
* Useful
Without trailer hitch
* Pass
Without washer fluid level indicator
* Useful

STANDARDS
Standard dashboard - As against an advanced and leatherette covered dashboard
Initial standard fuel filling - As against providing the vehicle with a full tank
Standard glove compartment - As against one with automatic lights and cooler
Standard manually controlled air conditioning - As against AC with Climate Control
Standard wheel bolts - As against Lockable wheel stud set
Standard trunk floor covering - As against Boot tray
Standard pedal cluster - As against Pedal covers
Standard rear axle - As against one with Coilovers
Standard roof - As against one with Sun-roof
Standard taillight assemblies (type 2) - As against one with European type tail lights
Standard equipment, No special purpose vehicle - Nothing is offered as special feature, equipment or accessory in the top most model as well.
Omega Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Volkswagen Vento : Test Drive & Review GTO Official New Car Reviews 8611 16th November 2016 12:26
Volkswagen Jetta 1.6 Litre Petrol (Trendline) Test Drive, Review & Photos Karizma Fan Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 40 18th February 2010 20:45


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 13:56.

Copyright 2000 - 2016, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks