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Volkswagen To Launch Polo 1.5 TDI

Volkswagen Polo 1.5

The Volkswagen Polo is currently powered by a petrol and diesel motor. While the 1.2L petrol does a decent job, the 1.2L diesel lacks the thrust expected out a premium hatchback. Now our reader Aseem informs us that a more powerful diesel engine could end up in the Polo to rival the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Swift. There is absolutely no confirmation on this yet but we have spotted the Polo undergoing tests several times. There was no difference in the car visually but could it be the new Polo 1.5 TDi which we are speculating about here?

2012 Volkswagen Polo India Interiors

The new 1.5 liter engine in the Polo would essentially be the current Vento 1.6 liter diesel engine which has been reduced to capacity to comply with small car excise norms. The 4-cylinder motor would produce 94bhp of power and has been tuned to be fuel efficient. The Polo weighs significant lesser than the Vento, so even though power has been reduced from the Vento engine, driveability shouldn’t suffer. The company will launch the more powerful diesel motor in the Polo highline only as customer buying lower variants seldom care about performance. At a premium of Rs. 35,000/- over the current Polo TDi, the 1500cc diesel powered Polo would also feature audio controls on the steering wheel and a new audio system.

2012 Volkswagen Polo 1.5

2012 Volkswagen Polo 1.5 Diesel

Volkswagen Polo 1.5 TDi

Volkswagen Polo 1.5 Diesel

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  • Sandesh June 13, 2011, 7:28 pm

    That sounds fantastic!!! Any idea when is this launching?

    • fas June 13, 2011, 7:37 pm

      Sandeep, no idea of launch date yet.

  • dharun June 13, 2011, 8:08 pm

    now, this is called news. will definetly chnange to this polo from punto

  • sidd June 14, 2011, 12:22 pm

    they may bring these features to vento as well

    • fas June 14, 2011, 12:31 pm

      Sidd, almost certainly yes. If the Polo has some feature, its highly unlikely that the Vento would miss it.

  • Sandesh Anvekar June 30, 2011, 2:53 pm

    Any fresh updates on this? Polo 1.5 TDI looks an amazing prospect

    • fas June 30, 2011, 8:45 pm

      Sandesh, no fresh updates. But we have our eyes set around Pune to catch any ‘On test Polo.’

  • Rahul S August 1, 2011, 10:37 pm

    We are into August. Any updates here?

    • fas August 1, 2011, 10:52 pm

      Rahul, no updates yet. The launch could be delayed slightly to coincide with the festive season.

  • Rahul S August 2, 2011, 8:12 pm

    Thanks for that update, fas. Gosh, it’s been a long wait for me starting from May for the new Fiesta ;)

    • fas August 2, 2011, 8:20 pm

      Rahul you might call it long wait but people have been waiting since march for the new swift and almost since 1.5 years for new R15 :p

  • Vishal August 8, 2011, 12:17 pm

    Now that we know the New Swift’s coming on 17th August, any idea on the launch date of the 1.5 Polo ?

    • fas August 8, 2011, 1:23 pm

      Vishal, there is no confirmation from VW yet. Obviously they will wait for Maruti to announce prices before taking any action on the launch of a new variant of the Polo.

    • amx August 8, 2011, 11:02 pm

      polo is launching 1.5 tdi along with the launch of new swift, expected 3rd/4th week of august.

      • Sunil August 9, 2011, 10:29 am

        Is that the confirmed news or just a rumour. Will be more than happy to consider a VW 1.5 TDI instead of new swift 2011

  • Vishal August 9, 2011, 6:12 pm

    Fas, thanks for your response. If I may ask you, assuming the 1.5 TDi Polo is launched soon, which one would you recommend in between the 1.5 TDi Polo and the diesel Swift 2011 ? To be self driven, so driving dynamics extremely important.

    • fas August 9, 2011, 11:37 pm

      Vishal, yes launch is soon as I spotted few Volkswagen Polo cars under test on old Mumbai-Pune highway.

    • amx August 12, 2011, 10:29 pm

      i would prefer polo 1.5 tdi anyday – its modern, slick, looks good, is elegant and conventional – appeals to all – and with the perfect set of accessories, look a killer

  • Santosh August 16, 2011, 10:16 pm

    No Automatic Climate Control yet ? Well, that sucks. VW may bring in a new 1.5 engine but if it’s priced Rs. 35,000 over the current Polo Highline, then may God save VW. That would mean that a 1.5 TDI Polo’s OTR cost is Bangalore would be close to 9 lakh..put in a lakh more and you could get a Vento…either VW cuts the cost or they’re a flop. The New Swift is around 7 and a half lakhs OTR, Bangalore..why would anyone buy the TDI Polo then ?

    Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m a great fan of VW’s quality..but we need to accept that the diesel Polo’s overpriced… I don’t know why VW can’t price it well..they’ve priced the entry level Polo Petrol so well, even the Polo 1.6 is good value for money ( if you exclude the features )..

    VW needs to cut the prices and offer more features if it wants to stay alive…

    • fas August 16, 2011, 10:18 pm

      Santosh, very well said. Specially when you compare it to the new Swift, which we just now reviewed :)

      • Sunil August 19, 2011, 8:05 pm

        Dear Fas, Kindly update us with any new update regarding the Polo 1.5 tdi, so that I can consider polo instead of swift zdi. I hope you have a confirm news that it is going to be launched very soon.

        • fas August 20, 2011, 11:47 am

          Sunil, there is no news yet. However after the launch of the new Swift at the current prices, VW will have to do something. They won’t launch a new model till they test it completely so that could cause the delay.

  • ritnold August 19, 2011, 6:38 pm

    Any updates on the launch yet? According to a thread in team bhp, it’s unlikely that the polo 1.5 TDI will launch this year. It’s been 4 months since I’ve started waiting for this variant and now I don’t know what to do :(

  • buvanesh August 21, 2011, 2:46 pm

    even thoudh if it is getting launched is it that only the highline get this 1.5 makeover if so consider swift anyday compared to the price…..:)they should consider the same engine in their other variants also …

    • fas August 21, 2011, 6:57 pm

      Buvanesh, I don’t think they will give lower variants 1.5-liter engine as they will lead to increase in price due to increase in excise duties.

      • Sunil August 25, 2011, 7:09 pm

        Dear Fas, Any update as we feel disappointed day by day with no confirm news about the launch.

        • fas August 26, 2011, 5:01 pm

          Sunil, no update yet from VW.

  • Sunil September 19, 2011, 10:08 am

    Fas, any update on upgraded polo

    • fas September 19, 2011, 5:04 pm

      Sunil, nope. No news yet. I guess they launched Breeze editions so new one will come only around the Auto Expo.

      • ritnold September 20, 2011, 11:14 pm

        i got a call today from VW dealer saying that an upgraded polo ( new music system + steering mounted controls ) is available. When i asked him about the 1.5 tdi, he said that apart from these features, nothing has changed.
        fas, is there a chance that they might introduce the 1.5 tdi at the upcoming auto expo on 7th Jan 2012?

  • Sumittuteja September 26, 2011, 1:10 am

    Can anyone give confirmation about the upgraded polo launch.
    I m going to book it in few days..

    • fas September 26, 2011, 2:19 pm

      Sumittuteja, it should be launched anytime soon. But the 1.5-liter diesel Polo will only come in next year.

  • Sumittuteja September 26, 2011, 2:42 pm

    I called vw head of sales in pune today and asked about upgraded polo he said that he hav no idea about any such upgrades. Well i saw audio controls on steering in vento highline soi think it wil also come in polo this month..

    • fas September 26, 2011, 8:06 pm

      Sumittuteja, you are right. It should come in Polo soon. Infact we spotted it in the Polo around four months back. Volkswagen will never acknowledge anything till they launch it.

      • Sumittuteja September 27, 2011, 12:19 am

        fas thanx for reply man keep posting for latest news about polo..

  • Sumittuteja September 27, 2011, 11:56 pm

    guys any news about upgraded polo???

  • Sumittuteja September 28, 2011, 11:00 pm

    good news guys got to hear to polo is coming with additional features within some 10 days. i got to know this from a sales head. lets see how true is he.

    • fas September 29, 2011, 12:57 am

      Sumittuteja, lets wait and see. Mostly he might be right as salesmen get training prior to launch.

  • Sumit September 30, 2011, 1:55 pm

    Polo is finally available with new features but only in diesel models as said by dealers.

    • amx September 30, 2011, 1:59 pm

      Hi Sumit
      What are the new features? Steering mounted controls? Is 1.5 TDI launched too?

      • Sumittuteja September 30, 2011, 4:05 pm

        new features are steering mounted audio controls, reverse parking sensors no 1.5 tdi is not launched yet

  • Aalokraj October 18, 2011, 10:03 pm

    Still no upgraded polo for this Diwali :(

  • Sumit October 20, 2011, 12:12 am

    Polo is available with new features nd wil be ready for sale from november

  • Sandesh October 31, 2011, 11:30 pm

    So does this mean Polo 1.5 TDI was a hoax?

    • Faisal November 1, 2011, 8:56 pm

      Sandesh, no it wasn’t a hoax. It is expected but seems to be delayed.

      • Aalok November 1, 2011, 10:53 pm

        Mayb they might show in Auto Expo 2012 held at Delhi.

      • Aneesh November 17, 2011, 9:47 pm

        Faisal,Have you really seen the 1.5TDI or u got these information from Chakan plant sources?

        • Faisal November 18, 2011, 12:43 am

          Aneesh, no I have not. I have seen a few Polos on test, which had nothing different externally.

          • Aneesh November 18, 2011, 2:24 pm

            Oh.Faisal,Then how u knew about the 1.5 TDI?i mean how u knew about the new powerful diesel engine for the polo?

          • Faisal November 18, 2011, 3:41 pm

            Aneesh, I have seen a few Polos under test and received information from sources.

          • Raj November 19, 2011, 11:20 pm

            Hey faisal,Got a new information.Heard VW might show Polo Bluemotion in Auto Expo 2012.True?

          • Faisal November 20, 2011, 1:26 am

            Raj, that is interesting, are you sire its on the Polo?

          • Raj November 20, 2011, 1:11 pm

            Heard So its on Polo.But it can be a big rumor.Its better you check it out.Polo bluemotion,in my opinion, can be very expensive!

          • Aneesh November 28, 2011, 4:45 pm

            Faisal,many are saying that 1.5 tdi will not be present in January.Instead there will be some small upgrades on current polo.

          • Faisal November 28, 2011, 9:09 pm

            Aneesh, nothing can be said but I too feel VW might not release 1.5 TDI at Auto Expo.

          • Raj November 28, 2011, 11:46 pm

            So nothing for Polo? :-(

  • Aalok November 1, 2011, 10:59 am

    Its November now and dealers still have no idea about the added features!

  • Aalok November 4, 2011, 9:45 am

    Sumit,You are completely wrong.The polo will be out by January 2012 only.

  • sumit November 9, 2011, 8:20 pm

    if i am nt wrong polo 1.2 tdi is available with new upgraded features nd dats wat i was talking about..

  • Aalok November 9, 2011, 10:58 pm

    Sumit,U mean the upgraded features like Steering mounted controls are available in Polo now??

  • Sumittuteja November 11, 2011, 9:34 pm

    yes in tdi only as told to me by local dealer

  • Aalok November 12, 2011, 12:25 am

    Sumit,But its not official.Also many showrooms doesn’t have polo upgraded.Which dealer told u?and Where?

  • Aalok November 13, 2011, 8:21 pm


  • amx November 19, 2011, 1:11 am

    vw polo is going to be killed by ford fiesta hatch if they keep on delaying upgrades. 1.5 tdi should have been out by now – to an honest opinion – punto 90bhp is way better than a polo.

    • Raj November 19, 2011, 7:57 am

      amx,VW will bring it on the Auto Expo 2012.

  • Sandesh December 9, 2011, 3:14 pm

    There is news that VW might introduce 1.6 TDI

  • Raj December 9, 2011, 4:34 pm

    Sandeep 1.6TDI will be very Expensive!

  • Sandesh January 19, 2012, 6:18 pm

    So this really turned out to be a hoax.. sad :(

    • Faisal January 21, 2012, 2:03 am

      Sandesh, VW is indeed planning a more powerful diesel Polo.

      • amx January 21, 2012, 6:30 pm

        its just too late, and when government is planning to impose excess levy on personal diesel vehicles.

  • Suhail March 2, 2012, 7:12 pm

    Hi Faisal, any update here? Is it expected in another couple of months? Govt will be imposing excess levy on diesel vehicles probably by June-July time frame

    • Faisal March 6, 2012, 12:38 pm

      Suhail, no updates from VW yet.

      • Suhail March 6, 2012, 2:46 pm

        Guess everybody is waiting for the budget. May be we will have some news by early next month. But what will happen to the highline tdi i already booked :(

  • Suhail March 18, 2012, 2:26 pm

    Ok. Now here is the update which I got from the sales GM of a dealership in Bangalore. VW indeed is working on a 4 cylinder diesel engine for Polo, but this engine is expected to be launched in next generation polo (7th Gen. Current model is 6th). In 2012 what will get are some minor feature additions to make it more relevant compared to the competition like steering mounted controls, new HU (RCD 310), Navigation System (with the IPL edition), etc. The 7th generation polo is expected to launch in 2H 2013 and no, there will not be any additional models of polo launched this year (quashing the rumors that 1.4/1.5 TDI will launch alongside 1.2). Also, the engine expected to come is 1.4 rather than 1.5 lt. Cannot be 100% sure but looking at the current situation, cannot deny his claims too.

    One interesting thing. Polo Highline production was halted for few days in Feb 2012. Nobody knows why. Maybe because of the decision they made about adding steering mounted controls or maybe something else, but the news is true. Now, if somebody can find out the interesting reason behind the production halt in Feb, then we have some news again. (my vehicle delivery got postponed by 3 weeks because of the very reason, hence 2% cost increase I have to bear :()

    • Faisal March 19, 2012, 7:24 pm

      Suhail, so the next generation model only comes to India in 2014, that is a long time away.


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