Just two months after it was launched, Volkswagen has discontinued the Polo Turbo Edition in India. Up until now, the Turbo Edition was the most affordable way to acquiring a turbocharged Polo in our market. Arriving in early February 2021 and priced from Rs 6.99 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Turbo Edition was based on the Polo TSI. This was based on the Comfortline variant, but added sportier-looking 15-inch alloy rims, a larger rear spoiler, gloss black exterior trim, and red stitching on the inside. However, with the Turbo Edition gone, those that want a Polo turbo-petrol will have to spend an additional Rs 42,000 for the Comfortline TSI.
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The Polo Turbo Edition was powered by a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that had 108hp and 175Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the tranny that was in charge of handling the TSI motor’s output to the front wheels was a 6-speed manual. On the other hand, the base naturally-aspirated 1.0-liter mill comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox and only makes about 74hp.
In terms of features, the erstwhile Turbo Edition got a cooled glovebox, a 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth & four speakers, plus automatic climate control – something that the standard Comfortline misses out on. If you go for the Polo Highline Plus variant, you will get 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic windshield wipers, cruise control, and a 6.5-inch touch-infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
As for its interior, the Volkswagen Polo has maintained a certain standard since its debut. While the overall design might seem outdated and boring, the quality of plastics and fit-and-finish is still quite impressive. Of course, the Turbo Edition’s cabin surely felt more sporty and slightly more exciting to be in, but the Comfortline TSI’s feels adequate. It will definitely not blow your mind away, but the flat-bottom steering wheel and large analog dials add to the Polo’s appeal. Of course, there is no getting away from the fact that the Polo’s rear feels tight. Ever since its debut over a decade ago, rear-seat legroom and kneeroom were never this hatchback’s forte.
In terms of its exterior styling, we know what to expect from the Volkswagen Polo. While the Turbo Edition gained a few ‘Turbo’ badges and a few other sporty touches, the overall design was still old. Yes, there are more modern hatchbacks available, such as the new Hyundai i20, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, and Tata Altroz. However, the aging Volkswagen Polo still drives better and feels sportier from behind the wheel. Not to mention, the Polo’s old but subtle styling still does attract many buyers towards it.
One must say, VW has worked some voodoo-level magic with the outgoing avatar of the Polo. Meanwhile, keep in mind that the German automaker is considering the latest-gen Polo for India. If that were to materialize and at a viable price tag, the Polo nameplate is only set to rise.