With Diwali fast approaching, Volkswagen India has launched two new variants of the Polo hatchback and Vento sedan. Called the Red and White edition, this particular application on these two models will only be available for a limited amount of time. In terms of their pricing, the Volkswagen Polo Red and White edition starts at Rs 9.19 lakh, while the Vento Red and White edition costs Rs 11.49 lakh – both ex-showroom. The Red and White edition variants are based on the top-tier trim of their regular iterations, i.e., the Polo Highline Plus and Vento Highline, respectively. What is more interesting is the fact that Volkswagen won’t charge a dime extra for these limited-run editions. However, what is not all that interesting is that these ‘special edition’ variants are otherwise similar to their donor cars.
The German automaker is celebrating its annual Volkfest campaign in India, and the Red and White editions are here to bring some excitement into their respective segments. As some of you might have figured out by now, the newness here is mostly regarding the exterior paint job with the new Red and White variants. You can now have the Volkswagen Polo in three fresh colors – the unique one here being the Flash Red scheme with an all-white or black roof. Meanwhile, the other two colors come in Sunset Red and Candy White – both come with an all-black roof. In comparison, the Vento Red and White edition are offered in just two colors as standard – Sunset Red and Candy White. Moreover, the special edition of this Volkswagen sedan is only available with an all-black roof.
It is not just the roof of these two variants that get the all-white/all-black treatment; the same applies to the cars’ door mirrors and rear spoiler. Whilst subtle, there are also ‘Red & White’ badges located on the front fenders and distinctive decals on the doors. Compared with the exterior touch-ups, the Polo and Vento Red & White editions’ interior only get rear sunshades as an extra. However, that is not to say that these two cars’ cabin lack equipment or modern amenities because they are not. Since it is based on the top trim level of the Volkswagen Polo, the special edition comes with several features. This means you get 16-inch alloy wheels, power-operated & closing door mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 6.5-inch touch-infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The Volkswagen Vento Red and White edition also shares all the features found in its Polo counterpart, save for its smaller 15-inch alloy wheels. Its safety equipment is business as usual – there are rear parking sensors, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Hill-Start Assist (HSA), and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The Red and White editions are powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine (“TSI” in VW’s speak). The maximum output is rated at 108hp and 175Nm of torque, while a 6-speed automatic gearbox handles transmission chores. Along with this launch, Volkswagen has made the Polo and Vento’s automatic variants more affordable than before. In fact, the Vento automatic is now cheaper than its Honda City and Hyundai Verna rivals. On the other hand, the Polo automatic is more expensive than either the Maruti Suzuki Baleno or the Honda Jazz.
Overall, Volkswagen’s build quality is undeniably better than many of its closest competitors. The feeling of solidity and attention-to-detail in these cabins isn’t found in many cars, at least not in this price range. The German carmaker will also provide you with a 4-year/100,000 kilometer warranty, three free services, and 4-years, 24×7 roadside assistance.
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