We have been continuously spotting the Volkswagen Polo GT TDI doing test runs with the 1.6-litre diesel engine derived from the Vento sedan. Volkswagen India has finally launched the car with the beefy engine that churns out 105 PS of peak power at 4400 RPM and 250 Nm of peak torque between 1500-2500 RPM, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Yes, it is a manual gearbox unlike the Polo GT TSI that features a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. Since it is a 1.6-litre diesel engine, the Volkswagen Polo GT TDI comes with higher excise duty and the automatic transmission would have further increased the price.
Volkswagen has priced the Polo GT TDI at Rs. 8.08 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). This makes the Polo 1.6 diesel the most expensive hatchback in the country (luxury hatchbacks aside) but also the most powerful diesel hatchback in its segment. This diesel hot hatch returns an ARAI certified mileage of 19.78 km/l.
Hot Diesel Hatchback Prices –
* Volkswagen Polo 1.6 GT TDI – Rs. 8.08 lakhs
* Hyundai i20 Asta – Rs. 7.64 lakhs
* Fiat Grande Punto 90 HP – Rs. 7.38 lakhs
* Maruti Suzuki Swift ZDi – Rs. 6.88 lakhs
* Tata Vista D90 ZX+ – Rs. 6.83 lakhs
* all prices ex-showroom, Delhi.
The standard Volkswagen Polo diesel comes with a 3-cylinder 1.2-litre oil burner that produces 75 PS of power output with 180 Nm of torque. The Vento derived 1.6-litre TDI maintains the strong performance figures in the Polo, considering the latter weighs a good 65 kgs less. The Polo GT TDI and the GT TSI is targeted to audience seeking strong performance out of hatchbacks. Apart from the updated engine, the Polo GT TDI comes with similar bells and whistles seen on the Polo Highline. On the exteriors it comes with the same GT chrome grille and Estrada alloy wheels.
The interiors of the Polo GT TDI comes with Milan fabric upholstery and leather wrapped elements including steering wheel, gearshift knob and handbrake lever. Some of the convenience features include climate control air-conditioner, 2-din audio system with USB, AUX, Bluetooth and SD card connectivity. On the safety front, Volkswagen is offering ABS with dual front airbags. The vehicle is being offered only in red, white and black colour options. Bookings and deliveries have begun right away.