Volkswagen Polo Notch Review
Volkswagen Group which is a very renowned German manufacturer has introduced its most highly anticipated notchback named as Volkswagen Polo Notch after the huge sale success of its hatchback model. Packed with advance safety elements and quality features, this car has been voted as World Car of the Year in year 2010. Even though, in 2010 it has received European Car of the Year award. As in 2011, the manufacturer has been produced over five generations of this small family car. For Philippines auto market, this amazing notchback is available with fuel efficient 1.6-litre TDI and MPI engine unit.
Engine, Mileage & Variants
Under the hood, the newly developed Volkswagen Polo Notch is equipped with an impressive 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine and 1.6-litre MPI gasoline engine in two variants that complements the vehicle’s performance effectively. The cutting-edge technology employed in this notchback makes it a purposeful and impressive car that is well-suited for an urban living, along with its exceptional space, safety and design. 1.6 TDI enables the vehicle to produce power of about 105 PS at 4400 rpm along with the peak torque generated as 175 Nm at 1400 rpm. Whereas, 1.6-litre MPI engine churns power output of 105 PS at 5250 rpm and high torque of 153 Nm at 3750 rpm. Furthermore, this powerful petrol engine is paired with 6-speed automatic transmission that brings a driving pleasure for the driver accelerating the vehicle from 0-100 kmph in 12 seconds. It delivers the mileage figure of 4.2 litre/100km in combined driving cycle.
The latest evolution of Volkswagen Polo Notch acquires some major styling updates to its aesthetics. Talking about its front facade, this sedan is adorned with sleek radiator grille which is embellished with a single chrome detail, further enhancing with the company logo at the centre. This grille is fringed with re-worked pair of halogen headlamps employed with turn indicators. Further, the rear posture is newly designed with taillight cluster featuring high intensity brake light and courtesy lamps. Its exterior dimensions measures as 4384 mm x 1699 mm x 1466 mm (L x W x H). The wheelbase for the same stands at 2552 mm. Polo Notch shows its sporty and robust character fitted with 15-inch alloy wheels, comprising of tire size 185/60 R15.
Volkswagen Polo Notch comprises of a well-finished cabin that reveals a gray shade theme toned cabin. The centre console is embellished with smart metallic inserts, which enhances the grace of cockpit. This sedan encloses number of modish features including appealing instrument cluster, storage compartments, AC vents and charging facilities. For entertainment, this sedan is provided with Radio RCD 220 G radio system with AM/ FM, CD, MP3 player, SD Card, Aux-in, USB, Bluetooth connectivity surrounded 4 speaker stereo system. This hatchback is also befitted with heat-insulating glass to cool the climate inside in order to make your rides comfortable and soothing. You can simply fold the rear seats at 60:40 ratio to extend the standard boot volume of 280-litres.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
The new Volkswagen Polo Notch is befitted with a set of front disc brakes and rear drum brakes for effective braking and stopping of the sedan. As far as the vehicle’s handling is concerned, its front axle has been appointed with front and rear stabilizers. This active braking system is further reinforced with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Hydraulic Brake Assist System (HBA). 2 airbags (front dual-stage airbags) embedded inside reduces the impact of an accident, front and rear fog lights increase the visibility in extreme dark and ISOFIX child attachment to keep your child secure during the ride.
Volkswagen Polo Notch is an incredible combination of power and superior styling. Also, its built quality is pretty impressive. Although, the rear seat passengers may feel congested and priced high in comparison to the rivals.