Volkswagen India has introduced a new 1.0-litre MPI engine for their popular hatchback - the Polo. While the costs of all the Polo's petrol engine variants remain unchanged and still start from Rs 5.42 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The new engine is lighter than the past 1.2-litre mill and develops 75bhp of power, identical to its predecessor. While the torque output is 95Nm, the 1.0-litre MPI, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, offers better fuel-economy of up to 18.78kmpl as certified by the ARAI. On the other hand, the Polo GT TSI will keep on being powered by the 1.2-litre turbocharged TSI engine developing 105bhp of power.
The numbers demonstrate that there is a negligible rise of 1PS in power but the torque sees a much sharper drop, a whole 15Nm. However, fuel efficiency has risen by more than 2kmpl, which should cut your fuel bills down by a bit. The Polo additionally holds the old 1.5-litre diesel engine which delivers 90PS/230Nm along with a fuel efficiency of 20kmpl.
The Polo is likewise offered with the 1.5-litre diesel engine mated to a five-speed gearbox and gets two sets of tune - 89bhp for the standard trims and 108bhp for the GT TDI. It is sold in three trims - the Trendline which is the base trim, the Comfortline which is the mid-trim and the Highline which obviously is the completely loaded trim which likewise incorporates both the GTs. The Volkswagen Polo goes against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the Hyundai i20 and the Honda Jazz amongst the premium hatchbacks in India.