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Polo Pros & Cons

By Abhishek Katariya on Jul 20, 2020
Things We Like in Polo

Powerful engine

Good handling

Things We Dont Like in Polo

Dated interiors

Cramped rear seat space

Recent Updates of Polo

The company is yet to announce its latest plans regarding the Polo.

Volkswagen Polo Price and Variants: The Polo is available in the Comfortline trim in Malaysia with an optional Join package. The car commands an entry-level price of RM 74,800.

Volkswagen Polo Engine and Mileage: The Volkswagen Polo is equipped with a 1.6-litre petrol engine which produces 105 PS maximum power at 5,250 rpm and 153 Nm peak torque at 3,800 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed Tiptronic transmission. The car returns a mileage of around 18.78 kmpl.

Volkswagen Polo Features: Dual airbags, cruise control, Climatronic air-conditioning, multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking distance control, 6.5-inch touchscreen unit, electronic anti-theft immobilizer, height-adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth support, child seat anchor, multifunction information display, Apple-Connect, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors.

Volkswagen Polo Rivals: Peugeot 208 Puretech, Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris, Kia RioVolkswagen Polo 2020: The optional Join package was introduced for the 2020 model year.

Volkswagen Polo Price

The Polo is priced at RM 74,060 .

Volkswagen Polo Variants

There are 5 variants available of Polo: 1.6L Comfortline, 1.6L Comfortline Vienna, 1.6 77 kW (105PS) MPI, 1.6LClub Edition and 1.6L Trophy.

Volkswagen Polo Power-trains

The Polo is powered by a 1598cc 4-cylinder Petrol engine produces 103 hp of power and 153 Nm of torque.

It comes with the option of a 6-Speed Automatic transmission gearbox.

Volkswagen Polo Features

The feature list of Polo includes Central Locking, Power Door Locks, Anti Theft Device and Engine Immobilizer in terms of security.

Features for Comfort & Convenience include Air Conditioner, Power Windows Front, Power Windows Rear, Automatic Climate Control, Air Quality Control, Heater, Adjustable Seats, Electric Folding Rear View Mirror, On Board Computer, Power Steering, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Foldable Rear Seat, Remote Trunk Opener, Low Fuel Warning Light, Rear Seat Headrest, Cup Holders-Front, Cup Holders-Rear, Bottle Holder, Vanity Mirror, Folding Table Rear and Keyless Entry.

Features for Entertainment & communication include Touch Screen, FM/AM/Radio, Navigation System, Bluetooth Connectivity, CD Player, USB & Auxiliary Input, Speakers Front, Speakers Rear and Integrated 2DIN Audio.

Volkswagen Polo Interior

The interior features include Tacho Meter, Electronic Multi Tripmeter, Fabric Upholstery, Leather Steering Wheel, Digital Clock and Digital Odometer.

Volkswagen Polo Exterior

If we talk about the exterior features then it include Adjustable Headlights, Fog Lights Front, Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror, Rear Window Wiper, Rear Window Washer, Rear Window Defogger, Alloy Wheels, Tinted Glass, Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank, Rear Spoiler, Integrated Antenna and Chrome Grille.

Volkswagen Polo Safety

The safety features of the Model includes the Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Child Safety Locks, Anti-Lock Braking System, Brake Assist, Ebd, Rear Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Parking Sensors, Crash Sensor, Engine Check Warning, Front Impact Beams, Side Impact Beams and Door Ajar Warning.

Volkswagen Polo Competitors

The Polo Competitors are: Volkswagen Vento, Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208, Honda Jazz and Kia Rio.

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Volkswagen Polo Colors

Polo is available in 4 different colors - Candy White, Reflex Silver, Flash Red and Carbon Steel Grey.

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Watch latest video reviews of Volkswagen Polo to know about its interiors, exteriors, performance, mileage and more.

Volkswagen Polo Review

By Abhishek Katariya on Jul 20, 2020
  • Polo Overview
  • Volkswagen Polo Interior & Features
  • Polo Exterior
  • Volkswagen Polo Ride & Handling
  • Polo Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Volkswagen Polo Braking & Safety
  • Polo Verdict

Polo Overview

The smallest and most affordable model from Volkswagen in the Malaysian market, the Volkswagen Polo is a fun to drive compact car meant for small families. While the international market has already received the latest generation model, in Malaysia, the Volkswagen Polo continues to be available in the previous-generation version. Available in only one standard variant which is priced at RM 74,060, the Volkswagen Polo has Flash Red, Carbon Steel Grey, Reflex Silver, and Candy White as the colour options available.

Volkswagen Polo Interior & Features

The interior cabin of the Volkswagen Polo speaks tough build quality and top notch fit and finish levels. However, the overall design has now gradually begun to show its age. The cabin feels cramped for its size, especially at the rear, and the all black cabin makes that sense even stronger.

The three-spoke multifunctional steering wheel with piano black inserts looks very classy, but at the same time, the very simple looking analog dials and a monochrome MID unit in the instrument console looks pretty dated.

The wraparound theme for the centre console, which is slightly tilted towards the driver, also looks a bit dated, but accommodates a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto and reverse camera. A rectangular panel for the automatic climate control is placed just below the infotainment system. The occupants of the back seat do get rear AC vents for optimum cooling.

The Volkswagen Polo here is also available with an optional ‘Join’ package, which adds in few more accessories like black trunk garnish, aluminium scuff plates, bodyside mouldings, black spoiler, window tint film, ‘Join’ emblem and leather upholstery.

Polo Exterior

This previous generation model of the Volkswagen Polo available in Malaysia might not look as flashy and contemporary as the latest generation model of the same car available in International markets. However, the clean lines and proportionate design of this Polo still make it a timeless design to look at.

At the front, the Volkswagen Polo welcomes you with a sleek trapezoidal grille stretched across the width of the bonnet and ends up with large trapezoidal headlamps which have tapered inner edges. Unlike many other modern cars, they do not get LED lighting elements. The trapezoidal fog lamp with sleek chrome garnish below them in the front bumper is a nice touch, while the large air dam on the bumper makes it look beefier.

The side profile of the Volkswagen Polo looks clean with a simple design, which gets a noteworthy crisp line flowing all the way from the edge of the headlamp and that of the tail lamp. The seven-spoke alloy wheels look very basic though.

At the back, the Volkswagen Polo looks sober yet elegant with the large block-shaped tail lamps with LED inserts and a sleek line flowing in the middle of the boot lid towards the bottom. The Volkswagen logo in the middle of the boot lid also doubles up as the door handle for the boot. The license plate housing shaped like a trapezium is placed in the rear bumper.

Volkswagen Polo Ride & Handling

The Volkswagen Polo feels nimble and quick to drive, courtesy the stiffly sprung suspension setup comprising of Macpherson struts at the front and torsion beam at the rear. The ride quality is slightly on the stiffer side, but it is far from being uncomfortable.

Polo Engine & Fuel Consumption

The Malaysian-spec Volkswagen Polo is powered by a large and conventional sounding 1.6-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine. This engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox as standard, breathes out a maximum power output of 105 PS, while the maximum torque output is rated at 153 Nm.


Volkswagen Polo Braking & Safety

Even the entry-level Volkswagen Polo feels adequately equipped with safety basics like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors with camera, brake assist, cruise control and ISOFIX mounts for child seats.


Polo Verdict

The Volkswagen Polo, in this previous-generation model, still manages to make a lot of sense, with its premium and tough build quality, punchy performance from its engine, and excellent driving manners. All these traits do make a good driver’s car to start with.

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