Volkswagen or People’s car brand offers 6 models in the Indian market.
Polo being a small and powerful hatchback is very famous for its peppy performance, while the latest Tiguan hosts all the comfort and practicality features along with a wonderful off-road capability.
Polo currently offers 10 variants in India. It is available with 3 engine options. The car costs anywhere between 5.7 to 9.7 Lakh INR. A lot of latest tech like the keyless entry, push button start are missing with the polo. Boot space is adequate enough. The front seat is good and offers decent under-thigh support, headroom for any average size passenger. Touchscreen infotainment system has android auto, apple car play, but does not have a rear parking camera.
The back seat of the polo feels small, tall passengers would definitely have a problem getting inside the car. Moreover, under-thigh support is not really the best. Head room is adequate, you also don’t get any magazine holders at the rear. There is no center arm-rest and adjusting three people inside would be a disaster. The cabin insulation is decent.
It is refined lower down the rev-range. However, the performance feels low in comparison to its competitors. But the handling of this car is superb. It feels light in traffics and weighs up adequately on the highways. Also, the Polo is very safe compared to any other hatchbacks.
Polo GT TSI is however a different package, it looks sportier and has the tech that is missing out on its sibling. But the major talking point is about the engine it has. This new car hosts the paddle shifters which are also seen in the GTI. Exhaust note of the GT TSI is beautiful and it has a very powerful mid-range. The best polo variant would be the GT TSI which has decent power for daily urban commute, polo is not really best at back-seat comfort, but it has the safest cabin.
Vento’s range is between 8.63 to 14.33 lakh INR. It is available in 10 variants, 3 engine and 7 color options. The 1.6cc-petrol engine makes 103.5 bhp at 5250 rpm and a peak torque of 153 Nm at 3800 rpm. This one returns a fuel efficiency of 16 kmpl as per the company. The 1.55-liter diesel makes 108.5 bhp @4000 rpm and a peak torque of 250 Nm at 1500-3000 rpm.
Diesel engine runs 20 kmpl per liter on an average. There is also an option of 1.2-liter petrol engine. There are a lot of chrome additions to this sedan. The knee room at the rear is adequate even for the passengers above 6 feet in height. Sitting 3 would not be comfortable because of the hump. The dashboard looks a lot like the polo. The driver seat is electrically adjustable, and the steering wheel is manually adjustable. This car gets a cruise control as well.
In terms of practicality, Vento lacks in comparison to its facelifted rivals. Diesel engine has a good range, Petrol engine is more refined, and the handling of this car is the best in the lot. If you are in a search of a drivable automatic sedan for daily use, then vento is the best option.
Ameo is available in 11 models. The price range is from 5.84 to 10 lakh INR. Its available in a 1.5-liter diesel, 1.0 and 1.2-liter petrol engine options. Only the 1.5 diesel is available in automatic transmission. The 1.0-liter petrol engine makes 75 bhp at 6200 rpm and a max torque of 95 Nm at 3000 to 4300 rpm. From the front, one can easily mistake this to be a polo. It’s a sub 4-meter sedan. Overall the car looks well proportioned.
The boot space is comparatively low. It does not offer a 60-40 split. Moreover, the rear seats don’t fold completely. The dashboard is very standard and has a two-tone color scheme. The space at the back is not the best in class but its adequate for any average sized adult. And sitting three would be a bit uncomfortable.
The ride quality is good when you are gentle with the throttle. This is not particularly a powerful and punchy engine. The suspension setup in the ameo has not been changed from the polo and that is why the ride quality is similar.
This car is available in 2 variants within a price range of 30.20 to 33.20 lakh INR. Both the variants are available in a 2-liter diesel automatic version. The engine makes 175 bhp at 3600-4000 rpm. And a peak torque of 350 Nm at 1500-3500 rpm. The gearbox is very well to drive in a relaxed phase but a bit sluggish to react if you ask for a sudden power boost.
The clock in the center along with the wood panel looks very classy. However, some people do prefer a bit light or dual tone color scheme which is absent in the passat. The driver seats have an option of heating which is unusual as people in india would mostly prefer a cooled seat. Hands free parking and a 360-degree camera makes parking this huge sedan very easy. Just like the other vw’s, even the passat has a very strong mid-range coupled to a very good 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The rear seat is very comfortable, cabin space is massive which leaves great knee room and head room. You can even access the boot from the second row of seats which is a very nice touch. All the doors have a keyless entry feature. It is a tough competitor the the Skoda Superb but if you are someone who likes to be driven around without much of a fuss, then you should consider this option as well.
This car is available in 2 variants both of which are diesel automatic. The engine on offer is the 2-liter diesel which makes 141 bhp at 4000 rpm and 340 Nm of torque at 1750-2750 rpm. The ARAI claimed fuel efficiency is of 17 kmpl. It is available within a price range of 28.06 to 31.45 lakh INR. The rear seat space is very good and it offers very good knee room, head room, and under high sport. The best thing about these seats is that they can be moved back and forth and also can be reclined.
The reclined position gives a really comfortable ride. Outright acceleration is not perfect, however that’s not what is expected from an SUV so it would not be an issue. Overtaking maneuvers may take a bit o get used to because of the lack of power at the right time. It gives a great confidence while cruising on a highway, the steering weight, the stability, comfortable seats and the ride quality just add up very well.
This is the best ever polo! With a power figure of 189.3 bhp at 5400 to 6200 rpm and a peak torque of 250 Nm at 1250-5300 rpm, this petrol engine just does wonders! However, the gti is priced at almost 20 and a half lakh rupees which makes this car desirable to only and only the enthusiast folks. GTI is a 2 door hatch. 0-100 kmph comes in just 7 seconds.
The dsg gear box is quick to shift. The combination of the engine and gearbox make you feel that you are driving a super-car. There are slight changes in the interiors as well which are minute. At a price point this high, you should choose this only if you are in a search of a very high-performance hatchback.
This was the review of the Volkswagen in Indian markets. Volkswagen cars are the safest cars and offer a decent ride quality but if you compare it to its rivals like the Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and the legendary Tata Motors, you would notice that these cars feel a bit dated.
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