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|16th March 2010, 11:04||#556|
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|16th March 2010, 11:40||#557|
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It's a shame, as I think that the Polo is one handsome hunk (comes right after the Punto in the looks department); albeit one that needs to tie up with Pfizer to get that vital dose of muscle - aka a fourth cylinder.
|16th March 2010, 15:40||#558|
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The 1.2 TSI may not make much moolah for VW in India.
Blow 1 - it will be obscenely priced, ex-showroom.
Blow 2 - expensive to maintain a turbocharged petrol mill - TSI engines have already earned a reputation for oil guzzling in its other avatars (about 500ml of synthetic engine oil every 5000 km or so). Eg. the 1.8 TSI in Laura.
VW better work on a brand-new 4-cyl engine for India and other emerging markets. And fast.
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|16th March 2010, 16:55||#559|
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my test drive - Polo ..
This was a day that i longed since the launch of volkswagen polo . Test driving one , I headed to the hosur road showroom in blore with my friend .Being a Habba in Blore , the road was deviod of much traffic .So thought I can have some decent test drive and take the vehicle to a decent speed .
We already have many test drive reports in this forum ranging from the veterans to the rookies .so just jotting down those things that I noticed .
I had already fallen in love with this German beauty much before i had seen it in real . Right from the day that i saw it in motorshows and those tv shows , the looks really attracted me . Those low bonnets, the lines , the skirting in the front that would make the air flow below the car to make it planted .
The looks really made me have the same feel that I had when I had seen the old zen way back in 93 .( the real rookie then i was just a boy ) !!
Again this is that vehicle which would look decent without changing tyres / alloys !
The trend line and comfort line doesnt make much of a difference when viewed from front , as the tyres look almost similar . Though they are of different dimenions . Side view also is similar for a non - petrol head person , as the wheel covers do look very 'similar' to the alloys .
Even though Highend has 15" , the overall diameter looks almost same ( due to the aspect ratio difference ) .
Interior space / Quality :-
Space, ahmm its at a premium at the rear . I am 5'9",when i kept the drivers seat to the most rear , i could sit without a complaint , but yes it wont be comfortable on a journey anyway.But that would happen only if the driving guy is 6'3" or +
The middle person at the rear would never be comfortable as the floor raises as high as the rear bench seat . This looks similar to a rear drive vehicle . VW could have worked on this to make it better . .
At the front , it isnt spacious either .Drivers leg would definitely hit the dash , while changing gears ( pointed out here ).
The angle at which the stereo and controls are placed is convenient for the driver to operate them . Big storage spaces around , glove box , amazing feel of the plastics . The door opener ( I dont know what to call this ) from inside , well its of top notch . One has to feel it to realize it .
I testdrove polo immediately after Figo , so it was just a back to back comparison . Defintely Polo is miles ahead in the quality and the upmarket feel that it provides to the customers
The music system is not that great , not as good compared to figo .!
It was only me and the sales guy who was in the vehicle when we went for the test drive . I was very impressed with the initial pick up and response . The gear was sharp and i loved this new lever . The engine does sound a bit hard than normal diesel , I liked the sound though . The engine is rev ready and one can really rev it hard .
On the downside , I found the third and the fourth gears , the vehicle is not respnding well . the acceleration is not that great . ( How did ya guys feel ? ) .
I think thats it , left after taking the prcelist .
I defintely want to test drive teh Diesel version and then take the decision .
Ooh yea One last thing .Please see the following pics . I took it at the spare wheel well . Is it normal or did the painting guys at VW made some quality compromise ?
|16th March 2010, 19:10||#560|
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Drove one, bck to back with my swift today. Clutch is heavy. Felt Swift was peppy and better point and squirt ability although not as refined.
The Passat 1.8 Tsi manual is due next week - 24L ex showroom. A new Jetta petrol is due so I was informed
|16th March 2010, 19:30||#561|
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Test drive no.2
After my first drive, I was almost sure of booking the car. Today being Padwa (Hindu new year) I went again to VW showroom with my family. I asked the SP to give me one more TD before I book the car. This time I wanted to check the response of car with 5 people seated inside it and AC ON. So SP politely arranged the ride for me. We were 5 people in the car, I turned on the AC and hit the highway. Polo again surprised me, it wasnt sluggish. As I mentioned before, currently I drive Honda city and with 5 people and AC on, the car feels sluggish. I said even with AC it is accelerating good. To this SP replied that polo uses MPI technology against the VTEC technology of Honda. Hence it accelerates without any problem. I dont know the truth behind this but I did feel the difference.
Later I shifted places with my cousin, I sat in the rear and cousin started to drive on the bumpy potholy road and I really felt how polo was gulping those potholes like some delicious sweets. I should praise VW for their suspension settings. When we came back to showroom, I stepped out and asked my cousin to rev the engine, as I wanted to hear the grunt of car. Guys believe me it does sound sporty, and I almost started smiling, like man no one could say that a 3-cylinder under the hood is making that grunt.
I did not miss any cylinder in polo and was totally bowled out to its looks, ride, handling, revvy engine. So I went ahead and booked Polo Highline petrol. My color preference is Pepper grey and Comfy Silver. SP said he has no news about launch of pepper grey but comfy silver he can provide in May. I said I shall choose to wait.
I also saw a poster of Polo sport. In the poster it did have side skirts, skirting on front bumper, 10 spoke black alloys, smoked headlamps (like the European version Polo) and sports graphics. It really meant serious sports
|16th March 2010, 21:57||#562|
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Folks....this car is good. Went to VW again to drive the car. It was hardly a drive; being just around 2km (so called Test Drive) but this was all I needed.
Drove the 1.2 Petrol. For the power they quote this car really delivers. All of that 75Bhp is available at the wheel. It really surprised me. We were 3 members in the car, had the AC running & the engine responded very well. It has excellent response for a 3 cylinder mill. The trade off is the noise & it feels crude. Noticed the little rocking action which can be felt easily when you blip the throttle at idle.
Exhaust note lovers will love this car to the hilt. It reminded me of my Fiat Padmini 1100D. It has a nice exhaust note even at idle. Very audible if you are standing outside. Never really listened to it during the drive as the windows were wound up but I am sure it has the best sound track of all the small cars as far as exhausts go.
I loved the brakes & the handling.
At the end of the day this is a very expensive hatch and I am not sure if it can ever be called a value for money deal.
|16th March 2010, 22:01||#563|
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Even i got a chance to drive the Polo and this is what i wrote in another thread
Did you actually believe the salesman. Vtec also is a MPi(Multi point fuel injection, Just like any other petrol engine offered today.) engine. Vtec has variable valve lift which the VW lacks. Compared back to back Vtec is more advanced of the two. Even the basic Maruti 800 and Tata Nano come with a Mpi (or you can also call it MPFI) engine.
|16th March 2010, 22:36||#564|
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|16th March 2010, 22:41||#565|
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And their ad campaign is pretty poor as well... the one with the kid asking if he can book a car in advance? At no point does it ever cover the features of any of the cars or the history that VW has in it's Indian lineup. You think the average Indian consumer is as clued-in as people on this forum? Think again.
VW would have been much better served talking about them merits of the cars or the brand itself.
|16th March 2010, 22:50||#566|
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Das Boot was a pretty good title to a wonderful film, and seemed much more dramatic, in UK, than "The Boat" would have done. If Das Auto catches on, it is going to always remind me of that film!
|16th March 2010, 23:19||#567|
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|17th March 2010, 09:51||#568|
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Managed to score a TD of the Polo the other day - came back hugely impressed.
• The car is extremely solid and is built like a german tank.
• Fit and finish is immaculate and when you observe the finer details in the car, you cant help but think of the high standards that the Pune VW plant must be adhering to.
• Interiors are of awesome quality - again, germanic in nature.
• Ride - Awesomeness. Muted thud conquers all road imperfections. Youre not going to be crashing and bobbing over gutted roads while in this car.
• The interior space - pretty average and not in the same ballpark as the i20.
• Its a low car - So ingress/egress seems a shade easier in my Swift. But its still way better than my Civic.
• Steering - Light. Very, very light. Hoot to drive in the city or a call for added concentration on the highways? Your call. Mine was that they could added a bit more heft to it.
• Equipment - the Punto Emo-pack offers the steering wheel audio controls and the 'Blue and Me' for little extra so thats something that will pinch the prospective Polo buyer.
All in all, though it has its shares of pros and cons, I like it and still think of it as THE hatch to buy for now. Some added equipment would have made that thought a lot easier to arrive at though.
|17th March 2010, 10:32||#569|
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Just bought a Polo in Flash Red (I still hate red but bought it anyway to maintain a uniformity in my garage). Initial report along with comparisons with my Grande Punto coming soon.
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