Almost 8 months ago, we had snapped pictures of a Volkswagen Polo with minor feature upgrades, being tested by the German automaker on the Mumbai-Pune route. These new features (a new audio system, USB port and steering mounted audio controls) made its way into the Vento by the festive season but there was no signs of these features arriving into the Polo. After much confusion, finally the arrival of these features in the Volkswagen Polo have been confirmed and all Polo diesel Highline variants come with the new RCD 310 audio system, USB and AUX port, audio controls on the steering wheel, leather wrapped steering wheel with chrome insert and reverse parking sensors as standard.
Volkswagen has also do a software upgrade to the Polo, which enable automatic door locking at 10 km/h, automatic door unlock on removing the key from the ignition, petrol tank lock at speed over 5 km/h and beep sound on locking/unlocking the doors. These features are being offered to owners of old Polo vehicles as well and the customer needs to visit their Volkswagen dealership for a free of cost software upgrade to their cars.
Volkswagen has not made any official announcement on the addition of these features to the Polo. We are unable to understand why Volkswagen has not offered these features on the petrol variants, even though petrol powered Polo’s account for less than 30% of Polo sales. These features are available on the 2012 model year Polo only and have been added just recently. The 2012 Volkswagen Polo Highline diesel is priced at Rs. 8.20 lakhs (Rs. 15,000/- more than the 2011 Polo), while the 1.2-litre Highline petrol is priced at Rs. 7.03 lakhs and the 1.6-litre Highline petrol is priced at Rs. 7.45 lakhs (all prices on-road, Mumbai). The prices seem a tad high considering the power offered by the 1.2-litre engines.
Source – Team-BHP