The Volkswagen Polo has been a part of the Indian automotive landscape long enough for it to be a common sight on our roads. In all this while, however, the premium hatchback has had to deal with many newer and more affordable contenders. Regardless, for those that want a premium hatchback that drives well, looks good, and isn’t priced into the ionosphere (ahem, the all-new i20, for example), the Volkswagen Polo strikes a good balance. Things got even better when the German marque launched the Turbo Edition a couple of months ago, which made owning a Polo TSI that much more affordable.
However, for whatever reason it might be, Volkswagen yanked the Polo Turbo Edition out of our market for good. Instead, the Turbo Edition has now been replaced by the Polo TSI Comfortline variant. Priced at Rs 7.41 Lakh (ex-showroom, India), this has now become the most affordable Polo with the TSI engine. Compared to the Polo Turbo Edition, the TSI Comfortline costs Rs 42,000 more. Oh, and if you want a metallic exterior paint, get ready to add Rs 10,000 on top of that. Moreover, the Polo TSI Comfortline costs Rs 30,000 more than the standard Comfortline variant. However, it does make up for that by having more power and torque, courtesy of the TSI motor.
Under the hood, the Volkswagen Polo TSI Comfortline gets the same engine that powered the Turbo Edition. It is a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol mill that makes 108hp and 175Nm of twisting force. For better context, the 1.0-liter three-popper MPI engine in the standard Polo makes a pretty relaxed 74hp and 95Nm of torque. It is obvious to see what the absence of a turbocharger does to a small capacity engine. Another point to note here is that the Polo TSI comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox, while the Polo MPI gets a 5-speed manual. And if you are someone who cares about fuel economy, then the Polo TSI is the one to go for. Whereas the MPI engine is rated at 17.75 kmpl, the TSI unit can do even better, at 18.24 kmpl.
If you want the 6-speed automatic gearbox in the Polo TSI, you will have to upgrade to the Highline Plus. The Highline Plus variant costs a whopping Rs 2.19 Lakh more than the TSI Comfortline (with the non-metallic paint). Of course, for some, that might be a dealbreaker. Of course, for that higher price tag, Volkswagen does throw in some extra convenience features. For instance, the Highline Plus comes with larger 16-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, automatic climate control, cruise control, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto. Meanwhile, the TSI Comfortline gets a simpler 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth, manual air-conditioning, and 15-inch wheels.
As for its other features, the Polo TSI Comfortline gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors. If you are fine with having one less gear ratio within the transmission, less fancy wheels, an older infotainment system, and less equipment (overall), the Polo TSI Comfortline is undoubtedly more affordable than the Highline Plus. However, there is no getting away from the fact that the outgoing model has aged considerably when compared to the competition. Even so, the Volkswagen Polo holds its own in terms of driving dynamics and partly due to its European design. If reports are right, Volkswagen is mulling on bringing the latest generation of the Polo to India. However, that probably will not happen anytime soon.
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