2015 Volkswagen Polo | new car review
A six speed transmission as opposed to the dated four speed in Toyota's Yaris, earns the Polo some big points.
Factoring prices into the picture, the Polo doesn't have a chance of competing with its Japanese rivals.
Keeping in mind that the 2015 Volkswagen Polo sedan was designed primarily for markets such as India and Russia, and that it serves as the entry point into the German brand, the bar isn’t set very high. But don’t be fooled, because with a chrome grille, horizontal contours along the length of the vehicle, body coloured side mirrors and tail lights that caress the sides, it definitely looks dignified and won’t make you look like a bargain hunter.
Unlike entering the Toyota Yaris and questioning what was going through the designer’s mind when selecting artificially stitched plastic, piano black trim and silver accents for the dashboard and parts the cabin, the Polo has a refreshingly traditional Volkswagen feel to it. Fine silver accents run around the A/C vents and the dashboard is a lot neater, to say the least. As far as seating goes, the Polo offers roughly the same amount of comfort as Toyota’s Yaris, beating it in the wheelbase department, but losing to the taller and wider structure of the Japanese sedan.
Safety comes in many forms with the 2015 Volkswagen Polo. While there’s the commonplace ABS working to keep the driver and passengers’ safe at all times, there’s also front airbags, height adjustable head restraints and seatbelt pretensioners, in addition to rear parking sensors and fog lamps that work in harmony to ensure safety is never sacrificed.
What’s on offer?
Under the hood of the German sedan resides a 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine that churns out 105 horsepower at 5,250 RPM and 153 Nm of torque at 3,800 RPM. While being mated to a six speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, the Polo dashes from 0 – 100 km/h in 12.1 seconds and packs a top whack of 187 km/h. For those concerned with fuel economy, the 4,384mm long sedan delivers 100 kilometres of distance, in exchange for 8 litres of gasoline; not too shabby.
It may not be as spacious as the Yaris, and it definitely isn’t as competitively priced as its Japanese rival. But yet, the Polo seems to attract buyers; could it be the design, the interior or simply the six speed transmission, as opposed to Toyota’s four speed? In a segment where price dominates, the 2015 Volkswagen Polo may not be able to compete with the Yaris, but for those who are willing to spend a little more, the Polo is as invigorating as a brand of Mints with the same name.
|Specifications||2015 Volkswagen Polo|
|Engine/ Cylinders||1.6 litre / 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|105 hp @ 5,250 RPM|
|153 Nm @ 3,800 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||12.1 secs|
|Top speed||187 km/h|
|Price||AED 57,500 - 63,900|