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|27th February 2010, 01:11||#18|
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GTO & Rehaan, lovely review as always guys.
I found this one a little more detailed than previous reviews and shows a lot of preparation. Truly outstanding, take a bow.
The i20 still looks very feature packed compared to the Polo and a lot of buyers will be swayed by just that i.e. features/lakh (no considering A.S.S, reputation etc).
I was surprised a lot by the following points:-
- No deadpedal. C'mon how difficult would it be to have included that?
- Rear legroom very less
- No electric ORVM even on highline
- EPS. Reading the reviews of the pro's in those mags I thought the steering was HPS!
I'm glad VW gave you guys a plant tour. I hope car manufacturers do that on a regular basis here like they do in Europe. It's quite an experience.
|27th February 2010, 01:21||#19|
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Wonderful review; it was worth the wait. Congrats guys
The diesel seem to be a write-off already. Figo wins the diesel war hands down. Let us see how the market reacts.
|27th February 2010, 01:29||#20|
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|27th February 2010, 01:31||#21|
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GTO & Rehaan - Thanks a zillion for the comprehensive report on the Polo. It had just enough details for the prospective customer to size up the car. You are improving your review skills with each and every attempt. Kudos to you. Please keep up the good work.
There was a strange sense of emptyness after reading the review. I could feel a lack of enthu in the review. It was as if you went thru the motion. There was something "missing" from the usual GTO's review. Ah, then i realised what the culprit was - the ordinary engines. That's the part your reviews dwell on more and analyse in detail. That is where the passion comes thru. If only VW was giving us the 1.2 TSI, how much more passionate your review would have been!!!
Polo, in all fairness, comes across as just another ordinary car, with ofcourse the highest German quality associated with it. But what use a solid car with mediocre engine?
GTO/Rehaan - I have only query to you: Did VW tell you anything about their plans for the 1.2 TSI and when they will intro it in india??? Do you have ANY insider info on it??
Note: Iam more excited about the 1.2 TSI than the 1.6, coz the 1.2 gives 1.6's performance AND better fuel efficiency. What more can a human being ask for.
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|27th February 2010, 01:40||#22|
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A few comments -
- I agree with GTO's thoughts on VW's dealer network and the Polo launch. If you have a mass market car, you need to have a large number of dealers.
- Those rear headrests blocking the view in the rear-view mirror is a big design flaw. Those bikers & cyclistswill be hiding at exactly the same two blindspots on either side.
- The blackened headlamps of the international model looks much better than the plain Indian headlamps.
- To me, the VW Polo in 2010 is what Fiat Palio was in 2003 - different from the lot.
- I read an article in Economic Times that VW will make an average loss of around Rs. 80,000 per car sold in India. What kind of strategy is that?
- I wonder if VW wants to project Skoda as a premium brand and VW as a mass market brand - because of the prestige Skoda brand has gained already.
- Das Auto is fine. We don't need to know its meaning - it just sounds cool & sexy. Just like Vorsprung Durch Technik. German language is a "heavy" language and goes well for taglines.
|27th February 2010, 01:42||#23|
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any review of the stereo and the speakers of the polo. so polo also doesnt have steering mounted audio controls
@ gto on driving pleasure alone which is your prefence polo,figo,punto
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|27th February 2010, 01:44||#24|
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Wonder full Review Have read though just the first part and it looks good and some great pictures there
Also there is a correction needed in Kerb Weight Figure of i20 Petrol, as it weighs atleast more than 1000kg but in the review it is listed just 985kg. Check it here its stated as 1066kg Hyundai i20 Asta
|27th February 2010, 01:45||#25|
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GTO & Rehaan, you guys have done a great job. The review was very thorough.
Just hope that VW launches the 1.6 Polo soon.
|27th February 2010, 01:46||#26|
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How high is the body edge at the rear?
How much do you end up lifting your foot to climb out the rear seats?
A bit more on the ride quality and handling vis-a-vis the Punto and the Fabia would be much appreciated.
|27th February 2010, 02:07||#27|
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ahhh at last, was waiting for this review.
after long time a hatch which looks nice, no cab forward or tall boy thing. just love how the car looks now where are the engines to match the looks
Please VW given us some good petrol engine with 100bhp at least.
|27th February 2010, 02:37||#30|
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Thanks GTO and Rehaan for the detailed and honest review. As per me Figo takes the cake in diesel segment at least. Also I feel that italian beauty still remains best when it comes to handling and all practical aspects. May be 1.6 polo can do some justice to the enthusiast and also to make sense for 240 km mark which shows in odometer!!!
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