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Old 4th January 2015, 07:58   #3466
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Congratulations!
Just check the VIN and you're good apart from the PDI list.

You know, I would recommend you to test drive the elite i20.
There's pretty much zilch you're getting over the i20 when you choose the 1.2P.
Give it a try. The petrol isn't exciting at all.
The hyundai 1.2 is extremely refined.

Bear in mind, all of this is coming from a guy who owns a polo himself.
When you're buying the polo, you have the following choices
1.5 tdi or GT
1.2(P) is not in the running.

Elite i20(P) is just 35k more expensive
Pay 2L more for the GT, Thats like 3k more on the 7 year installment, a SMALL price to pay for a hound of a car.
Thanks for the response....First of elite i20s petrols power is not so much much different to POLO. If we look at the power to weight ratio that would be evident(If we compare Polo with swift or even Liva then the difference is considerable). If POLO is underpowered then the elite i20 Petrol also would not make much difference. Compared to Elite Polo offers a more compliant ride, better steering feel and definitely better build quality. If at all I have to go for i20 only the diesel would make sense from power perspective. Considering my usage, diesel is not necessary especially with the current thin price difference between petrol and diesel.

Considering the roads we have here in Kerala I believe the power delivery of Polo petrol would be adequate. Also, I would not be much of a fast mover, my driving style would be sedate mostly.

I would have booked elite i20 only if rear legroom was my highest priority. However I do agree that the 4 cylinder Hyundai engine is comparatively more refined.
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Old 5th January 2015, 20:01   #3467
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Can't PM you so here goes.
The polo petrol is like a diesel and commuter in nature.
The i20 petrol is so silent, you might crank it thinking it is off. Have a test drive, mate.
Build quality is pretty much the same, with the i20 edging out on stalk quality along with button quality.
Ride, if there's no power, then what're you going to do with it?
Steering, the polo has a slow rack, i20 is lifeless but very good at city speeds.

I don't know, if I was in your shoes, I'd stretch my budget to the 1.5 highline or TSI
If the budget can't be stretched, then i20 (P) it is.
You'll have better reliability along with somewhat similar maintenance cost.
Booking cancellation would cost just 4k.
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Not able to see the fuel efficiency (km/l) display on the MFD. Could someone please help?

Sorry for the trivial question but the owner's manual doesn't seem to explain how to get this.
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Not able to see the fuel efficiency (km/l) display on the MFD. Could someone please help?

Sorry for the trivial question but the owner's manual doesn't seem to explain how to get this.
thats strange. the average fuel efficiency should be there. they have removed the instantaneous fuel efficiency, which can also be enabled through VCDS.
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Not able to see the fuel efficiency (km/l) display on the MFD. Could someone please help?

Sorry for the trivial question but the owner's manual doesn't seem to explain how to get this.
You mean, the MFD does not display the fuel efficiency while cycling through the options using the up and down buttons on the RHS of the steering?

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A question for those who have got the arm rest fixed, has it in anyway ate into the already cramped rear space ?

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You mean, the MFD does not display the fuel efficiency while cycling through the options using the up and down buttons on the RHS of the steering?

Thanks. Actually the problem was that it would show up sometimes but disappear (will just show ----) other times. I was not able to get it to display consistently. I think this happens because when the vehicle is stationary, the trip memory is wiped out after 3 hrs.
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A question for those who have got the arm rest fixed, has it in anyway ate into the already cramped rear space ?
Nope! Doesn't affect the rear space anymore.
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Can't PM you so here goes.
The polo petrol is like a diesel and commuter in nature.
The i20 petrol is so silent, you might crank it thinking it is off. Have a test drive, mate.
Build quality is pretty much the same, with the i20 edging out on stalk quality along with button quality.
Ride, if there's no power, then what're you going to do with it?
Steering, the polo has a slow rack, i20 is lifeless but very good at city speeds.

I don't know, if I was in your shoes, I'd stretch my budget to the 1.5 highline or TSI
If the budget can't be stretched, then i20 (P) it is.
You'll have better reliability along with somewhat similar maintenance cost.
Booking cancellation would cost just 4k.
Thanks for the suggestions mate. Experienced and agreed that i20 engine is much more refined. Power wise surely i20 is slightly better however I find Polos power and torque sufficient especially for city. i20s power would be a slight advantage on highways but on highways polo offer a much better ride and surely a steering miles ahead in feel compared to i20. My buddies who have tried both new i10 and i20 vouches that i10 has much better ride quality and stability compared to i20.

Regarding the build quality, the build quality might be pretty much same when you compare internal plastics and switches but that's about it. I found polos build, Sheet metal thickness, paint job etc way better than i20. It is actually visibly evident.

As of buying a diesel, (TSI or 1.5.) Considering my usage pattern, that would be like throwing money in water.

It would be great if you can elaborate more on your comment that i20 is more reliable.
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Well, generally speaking the Germans have a slower service turnover time. If and when something breaks, you'll spend more time in the service centre compared to the Koreans and Japanese.
The non TSI polos have no complex electronics so they're pretty much reliable, it's only when you step up that you get that thought about the ESP/Gearbox failing.
Hope you enjoy the polo, there's no going back when one is accustomed to zeGermans.

EDIT: The TSI is a turbo PETROL.
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Booked the Polo 1.2 (p) Highline. Delivery expected before end of January(not in a hurry anyway). Guys, anything I should notice or check particularly about Polo (Other than the things in Team BHP PDI Checkilist). Please comment.

Hey sid, my father booked the polo petrol highline too and we are awaiting delivery.
What I wanted to ask you is that whether you were informed about a price hike?
Our SA called us 3 days ago to tell us that there is a price hike of 22k.

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Hey sid, my father booked the polo petrol highline too and we are awaiting delivery.
What I wanted to ask you is that whether you were informed about a price hike?
Our SA called us 3 days ago to tell us that there is a price hike of 22k.
Got to know the same about the GT TSI being hiked up by 35 to 40k.
If you're getting a 2014 manufactured car, try to talk your way out of the hike or at-least get some benefits.
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Hey sid, my father booked the polo petrol highline too and we are awaiting delivery.
What I wanted to ask you is that whether you were informed about a price hike?
Our SA called us 3 days ago to tell us that there is a price hike of 22k.
No, not yet at least. I did inquire about it during booking and SA told me that no such plans has been communicated to them yet. However I believe the excise duty hike would be passed on to customer. I am expecting delivery by coming weekend. I believe its highly likely that they would call to inform about the price hike beginning of next week. However SA has already given details to my bank for loan and it has been approved as per their quote.
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No, not yet at least. I did inquire about it during booking and SA told me that no such plans has been communicated to them yet. However I believe the excise duty hike would be passed on to customer. I am expecting delivery by coming weekend. I believe its highly likely that they would call to inform about the price hike beginning of next week. However SA has already given details to my bank for loan and it has been approved as per their quote.

Thanks for the reply.
I had another question but I can't pm you so here goes.
Were you offered free insurance at the time of your booking?
We booked the car on the 25th of December and were offered free insurance however this morning I got a call from the SA saying that we'll be getting a car of 2015 make and the free insurance offer will not be valid anymore.
This is getting annoying now. The car is now costing us ~45k more since the time we booked it!
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Took a test drive of the new Polo 90BHP version Highline. Here are my findings:

Good interiors, build quality is good, doors shut in three stages, dual barrel headlamps look like thompson submachine gun to me, the car just feels better and had this aura of quality to it. The front chrome lining on the bumper was not to my taste.

Engine: This is the engine VW should have gone with in the first place. It just feels better to the previous engine and even though there is clatter it somehow feels better. The engine pulls cleanly, in city it is perfect. There is enough power to close gap and stay in the power range. It will suit 90% of your taste in highways but the additional 15 horses will be felt when you want to do a quick overtake or just want to keep up with a fast moving vehicle. The 90HP loses out on top end grunt.

So will I buy it? Yes its perfect for city and almost everything
Will I recommend it? VW needs to work on its ASS otherwise YES ABSOLUTELY

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