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Old 4th July 2014, 13:16   #3211
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Slightly offtopic - my friend is contemplating between grand i10 & polo 1.2 p, he likes to know which is more fun to drive & has peppy engine ?
He can't digest the fact that car costing upwards 7 lakh which has 3 cylinder engine, apart from that he's sold on polo.
I own a Polo 1.2 P since June 2013, and have recently booked a Grand i10. So I guess I am qualified to answer your query.

Polo: The 3 pot engine of the Polo 1.2 is definitely unrefined, especially compared to the Grand i10's purrer. The Polo doesn't like low revs (read below 1200 RPM), and will feel sluggish if you let the RPM fall. You'll end up shifting to the 1st gear for most potholes and speed breakers. Having said that, the engine pulls satisfactorily once it crosses 1300 RPM. And the overall FTD factor is high. She does bring a smile to my face even after a year.

Grand i10: While I have only test driven the car, everyone on the forum seems to agree that at its price point, the Grand i10 is the perfect city car. It is definitely feature-rich, and has a very refined engine. A couple of times during the TD, I didn't know if the engine was running or not. But only time will tell if I enjoy her as much as I do my German princess.

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AutoEvolution has reviewed the facelifted 2014 Polo
So they HAVE dropped the smoked headlights from the facelift! I wonder why...

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Would the Indian spec version(s) have:-
- rear disk brakes?
- arm rest?
- foot rest?

I see that the ACC is missing in the photos, unless this is a lower variant.
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Would the Indian spec version(s) have:-
- rear disk brakes?
- arm rest?
- foot rest?
Dead pedal is confirmed. Please check the snaps posted 2 pages back.

I don't suppose the arm rest and rear discs would be available. None of the scoop snaps posted had the details of these visible.

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I see that the ACC is missing in the photos, unless this is a lower variant.
For the AutoEvolution review? Yes that's the entry level model. The higher end variants have the climatronic AC.
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Old 4th July 2014, 14:19   #3214
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Dead pedal is confirmed. Please check the snaps posted 2 pages back.

I don't suppose the arm rest and rear discs would be available. None of the scoop snaps posted had the details of these visible.
Ohh yes. Just saw the snaps. Wish the current models had the dead-pedal at-least. The clutch on the Polo is not the easiest to handle.
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Slightly offtopic - my friend is contemplating between grand i10 & polo 1.2 p, he likes to know which is more fun to drive & has peppy engine ?
He can't digest the fact that car costing upwards 7 lakh which has 3 cylinder engine, apart from that he's sold on polo.
I would say that the most fun / peppy petrol hatchbacks today on the market are:
  • Grand i10
  • Swift
  • Brio
  • Upcoming Bolt
  • Etios Cross 1.5 Petrol

I also found the Polo 1.2 sluggish due to the heavy weight.
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I would say that the most fun / peppy petrol hatchbacks today on the market are:
  • Grand i10
  • Swift
  • Brio
  • Upcoming Bolt
  • Etios Cross 1.5 Petrol

I also found the Polo 1.2 sluggish due to the heavy weight.

I think we Team BHP guys can be too enthusiastic at times. Don't get me wrong brother but how can we rate a car which is yet to be released (Tata Bolt) . It might be the best or the worst of the lot.
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Old 4th July 2014, 21:22   #3217
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vishalchaudhary
I have pass on your impression mate & I agree with you mate, buy whats you happy, Thanks.
TheLizardKing
Forward your observations to my friend mate, I agree grande i10 is more fun to drive.
Thanks.
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Completely agree with you mate, thanks.
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Old 5th July 2014, 05:28   #3218
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I took delivery of my Polo TDi comfortline yesterday evening from Volkswagen Whitefield(Apple Auto). I would rate the overall show-room experience as between good and better. The staff were very courteous and though there were a number of deliveries, all were given importance equally and without UN-necessary delays. The only negatives:-
- I was not told when I would get the "preferred corporate" kit. It would take about 10 days, I was told, but no exact date given.
- We were being pressurized/convinced to give a "Very Satisfactory" rating to the overall sales process when we receive feedback calls in a few days time. C'mon, Apple Auto why do you need to get that low and tell us what to do?

Coming to the car itself: Though a Comfortline, its got a lot more features than the earlier version. Comparing with the same variant of two years back, this comes with:-
- ABS, Airbags as Standard
- 2-DIN Music system
- Electrically adjustable ORVM
- MID with a lot of information including and not limited to: acutal speed, average speed of trip, instantaneous fuel efficiency, average fuel efficiency, duration of trip, distance to empty
- Rear wiper
- Illuminated switches all round
- Auto up/down for all windows
- Anti-Pinch safety on all windows.
I am still exploring the car, so will take a while till i get to know all the features.

The safety and comfortable feeling inside the Polo is well known. Coming from an Alto, this really feels like its built to last. The quality is impeccable. Since its still very early days, I am not going to comment on the drive, engine or others just yet.

Will share details in my ownership review thread.
That's my son, with the chocolates he got in one hand and the car in the other.
Volkswagen Polo : Test Drive & Review-img_20140704_183223.jpg

P.S: I didn't feel the clutch hard or heavy as some others have reported, but why did VW have to make the play so lengthy?

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VW Sales Advisor I spoke to gave a few more details on the facelift. Prominent among them (interiors) are:

1. Wheelbase longer by 13 mm translating into better rear comfort albeit marginally.

2. Double barrel headlamps has improved luminosity as well.

3. No arm rest but a dead pedal as shown in the facelift pictures.

4. MID will now show coolant temperature in place of instantaneous consumption.

5. The dash and center console arrangement will not touch the driver's knee.

Another minor change in the exterior logo is that the V and the W of VW are merged, unlike a micro gap now.

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I took delivery of my Polo TDi comfortline yesterday evening from Volkswagen Whitefield(Apple Auto).
Many congrats aneezan. Let the car serve you and your family for many years to come.

I am wondering why the car did not come with those smoked headlamps. Was this not changed sometime back across all the variants? I hope youíve cross-checked the carís VIN with member wildon. Please do it if you havenít just to be sure.

Drive safe!
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Many congrats aneezan. Let the car serve you and your family for many years to come.

I am wondering why the car did not come with those smoked headlamps. Was this not changed sometime back across all the variants? I hope youíve cross-checked the carís VIN with member wildon. Please do it if you havenít just to be sure.

Drive safe!
Thanks a lot Gannu.
The smoked headlamps are only standard on the HL.
I have checked the VIN with another reference I know, however, will surely double check here as well. Thank you again.
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I took delivery of my Polo TDi comfortline yesterday evening from Volkswagen Whitefield(Apple Auto).
Honestly you have taken one of the best cars that money can buy today in Indian market. Well this could be arguable, but since the 2013 model Polo have been well equipped. Especially the comfort line.It has almost all the features that the high line has except alloys, and a blue tooth radio. To give a perspective, in the Hyundai range such detailed MID starts from only Verna.
They have also rectified many issues that they had with their initial cars.
So congrats Aneezan
I really hope that the service experience improves and the car buyer gets a long trouble free ownership.

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VW Sales Advisor I spoke to gave a few more details on the facelift. Prominent among them (interiors) are:

2. Double barrel headlamps has improved luminosity as well.

4. MID will now show coolant temperature in place of instantaneous consumption.
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Well I am going to miss the Double barrel headlamps for sure. It looks so cool. And to my eyes no after market headlamps compares to it in terms of looks!
Coolant temperature is a cool thing to show, but they should not have replaced the instantaneous FE figures.

I spoke to one of the SAs and he mentioned about a 4 cylinder petrol engine.
May be just a rumor, but I will be really interested to see which one would it be. A TSi with a manual gear box ?
Lets wait till July 15th
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Coolant temperature is a cool thing to show, but they should not have replaced the instantaneous FE figures.
Instantaneous FE is useless as it can go up till 50 Kmpl+. There is another FE figure which is denoted by ō this symbol. That gives you correct/approx FE.
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Instantaneous FE is useless as it can go up till 50 Kmpl+. There is another FE figure which is denoted by ō this symbol. That gives you correct/approx FE.
Ah exactly that's why its called instantaneous. And the max I have seen in my car is 85 kmpl when you have your foot off the accelerator and do an engine breaking. Of course it shows 8 kmpl during hard acceleration. I quite fancy it really, because if your mind is in a fuel saving mode, then noticing these patterns can really help you optimize your driving style to give you the best FE - with a ō symbol
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HEspecially the comfort line.It has almost all the features that the high line has except alloys, and a blue tooth radio. To give a perspective, in the Hyundai range such detailed MID starts from only Verna.
They have also rectified many issues that they had with their initial cars.
So congrats Aneezan
Thanks rejoycjohn,
They are adding alloys and blue-tooth as freebies, which I shall be getting in about 10 days time.
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