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    VW Polo GT TDI

    VW Polo GT TDI

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    What you'll like
    • clean, simple and elegant design that looks the part
    • 1.6 TDI makes this car a joy to pilot
    • Turbo lag, the old car's weakness, is minimised to a great extent
    • fast straight line acceleration with equally sweet gearbox
    • High quality build precision, inside and out
    • Neutral ride and handling balance



    What you won't
    • Poor rear legroom continues to be a sore point
    • Steering feel and stability at high speed not in the league of figo or Punto 90
    • Engine noisy, not as refined as the Hyundai 1.4 CRDI
    • VW's high cost of ownership and dicey after sales service
    • High excise duty and insurance costs equals a high sticker price

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    Re: VW Polo GT TDI

    The fourth equation

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    When VW launched the polo in March 2010, it was definitely one of the biggest and the most important launch for the German carmaker in the Indian market, it provided with the Indian car buying public a taste of German flair and engineering, made in India at VW's state of the art plant in chakan, pune. VW spent crores of rupees in a major media and advertising blitz and this ensured that the brand got big publicity it was looking for, from day one. Bookings started at the 2010 auto expo and the company made good iintial numbers before the product was launched, finally.
    A "competitive price" was promised and it was launched starting at 4,35,000 INR and at the same time, VW officially entered India as a wholly owned subsidiary of VW AG, Europe's largest and one of the world's top 5 automakers. Thus, expecting big volumes from India, VW made all the boxes tick. VW's then 40 dealers were not prepared to cope up with the unprecedented demand and the plant was gradually ramping up production in order to ensure that their claimed world class quality standards been adhered to. And this meant making compromises in other areas. In other words, the polo, came across as a sensible, high quality product but pretty disappointing in some fronts, the biggest one being their ordinary 3 cylinder engines. While the petrol was a mediocre 3 pot engine which lacked power and refinement, the diesel was equally worse. Suffering from painfully high turbo lag, crude noise and above all, it was a pain to drive and live with, due to its mechanical imbalance and poor torque delivery at low rpms, compared to its contemporary 4 cylinder competition. Stingy equipment list was another, though this was corrected in a series of upgrades in the previous year. Weak engines apart, the alarmingly cost of service and maintenance and costly insurance claims, esp WRT the underbody parts and reliability factor as a whole was a deterrent to many polo buyers, but despite of all these drawbacks, the polo remains the third best selling premium hatchback (behind the i20 and swift) and consistently sells 3-3,500 units month, with close to equal distribution for petrol and diesel models. The 1.6 petrol came in later and this corrected the petrol's biggest weakness-weak performance but the motor was pretty dull and lacking eagerness. Soon, it was discontinued and later replaced with the most contemporary technology ever launched in a sub 10 lakh rupee hatch-the 1.2 turbocharged direct injected gasoline engine called the TSi mated to a superb 7 speed dual clutch DSG transmission. The polo's biggest weakness-its engine suddenly became the best ever petrol engine ever offered in any small car and was clearly targeting the enthusiast community who are looking for serious performance with a tinch of convenience. It is priced in the high 9s OTR Delhi and is made to order with an average wait period of 2 months.
    Given the petrol-diesel price variation, and VW further targeting to fortify the polo as a force to reckon with, it did the unthinkable. Plonk a big engine in a small car with enough torque to wet the competition's pants. Hyundai has done it before, wit the defunct getz CRDI but can the polo become the "hot hatch" hat everyone as waiting for?
    Read on to find out.

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    Re: VW Polo GT TDI

    Simply put, the Polo GT TDI is a vento minus the boot or the 1.2 TDI with an added 4th cylinder and a bigger cubic capacity. This 1.6 litre engine produces a respectable 105 bhp but more important is the huge jump in torque-now rated at 25.5 kg-m between 1500-2500 rpm. The transmission is a standard close ratio 5 speed manual with reverse located on the opposite direction, which needs to be pressed and implied forward.

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    Other additional equipment in comparison to the highline include sport metallic pedals, GT branded door sills and a different upholstery. ACC and parking sensors plus a tilt telescopic steering wheel comes in as standard.
    Start the engine (no push button start in this) and the clattery nature of this motor is evident. Not as refined or silent as the Hyundai U2 1.4, one good thing though is that VW has managed to almost eliminate the clutch vibration at idle which plagues the vento and rapid. Slot the gearbox and you are in for a pleasant surprise. Turbo lag-a perennial issue which made the 1.2 a pain to drive in the city, is close to almost non existent. The clutch is smoother (yet a wee bit heavy) and the engine gains traction immediately to the slightest response of the throttle. Its a different beast lurking under the hood and just that one cylinder completely changes the character of the car. Its an effortless car to drive on an open highway because oodles of torque are available at your disposal. Make no mistake, it isn't a zero lag engine like the micra but it is easy to launch it from second gear without any fuss. Keep pressing the throttle and upshift, and triple digit speeds should be a child's play to attain. I do predict the GT to be the fastest accelerating diesel hatchback to be on sale in the country today in the sub 10 lakh rupee segment, with an est 10.5-10.7 sec from 0-100. Properly launching can result in close to 10 secs.
    While the mechanical package transforms the polo into a fast accelerating beast, it still delivers its power in an unrefined sort of way. The engine is rev friendly, yes, and begs to be revved, but the sound is not what enthusiasts would like, nor would be the noise inside the cabin. At high speeds, it remains silent but nowhere as close as the i20 or the punto 90.

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    Another fly in the ointment is the ride and handling balance. For a car this fast, the steering feel is a bit of a letdown. Part of it can be attributed to its efficiency oriented EPS setup which simply cannot give a positive feedback, as, say the steerings of Punto 90 and figo offer. The steering is one of the better calibrated units, out there, though with light at low speeds and fairly heavy at high speeds, but requires self centering. The Ford Fiesta 1.5 still has the best EPS though. Same goes for ride. Its neutral and better than many hatches out there but not as cushy as the benchmark, the punto 90.

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    Re: VW Polo GT TDI

    To sum it up, simply put, the GT TDI is a wolf in sheep's clothing, something which the polo should have been from day 1. Sure, the engine is bigger than 1.5 which means insane excise duties and costly insurance premiums, suffers from quirks of poor rear leg space and dicey service and cost of ownership, but the car does have many positives, more so with the immensely tractable engine and gearbox combination, with torque on demand disposal. Sure, its not as well driveable as the multijet or K9K nor it handles well, but as a package, it does have its own charm and based on that alone, the polo is now a more complete package...only if it was priced right.
    Because, for once, there is no replacement for displacement. And in stock form, its a very quick car in its own right, plus a whole lot user friendly too.

    Comparision with the 2013 Punto emotion 90

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    Comparing a polo 1.6 with a punto 1.3 would be stupid, but consider this:
    The Punto 90 costs 8.56 lakhs OTR Delhi compared to GT TDI's 9.26 lakh OTR, and all that extra 70 grand is thanks to higher excise and cost of insurance (the great India small car norm of >1.5). Both come with solid european build, poor rear legroom, dicey after sales service but there are many things that make them so similar to each other. Both vehicles have powerful diesel engines with VGT (only hatches in their classes to have), are highway mile munchers, have ample ride and handling balance topped by superb high speed stability and above all, look perfectly proportioned and are easily the best looking hatches out there, simple and minimalist.
    The Italian design is 8 years old and still looks evergreen, save for a few outdated bits, and the German is timeless with understated lines of simplicity. The Italian has weak 0-100 acceleration (thanks to the outdated palio derived gearbox) and the German simply blows the competition away (the close ratio 5 speed GB at work). The Punto rides, handles and controls way better due to better steering and suspension setup whereas the polo has class best build precision with amazing fit and finish, through the Punto has more solid structure. What makes the Punto better to own is better warranty package (3+2 compared to VW's 2+2), lower cost of service and spares (3 free services compared to none at VW) and 70k cheaper price tag (without discounts). The polo, though is a more fun car to pilot in both city and highway, and more user friendly and comes with bigger dealer network. The punto's mechanical refinement is sill way better than the VW's.
    Its tough, real tough to pick which one is better, for once, both the cars appeal to equal set of audience but in some, one is stronger than other and vice versa.
    All depends on the budget, so take your call. Its like having your cake, and eating it, too.
    Wanna add a delicious topping?
    How about a stock Punto 90 plus pete's remap to 110 hp sound? Sounds cool, ain't it so?
    And, then the big discounts being offered in the 90.
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    Re: VW Polo GT TDI

    An excellent classic review

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    Re: VW Polo GT TDI

    Nice review...enjoyed reading it

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    Re: VW Polo GT TDI

    Great and Honest Review in a FIAT Forum. It is hightime FIAT grabs the 'Fastest Diesel Hatch in India' tag once again.
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    Re: VW Polo GT TDI

    Vento/Rapid TDI, Polo GTD 1.6 diesels have a FGT. Not a VGT.

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    Re: VW Polo GT TDI

    Fiat never produced fastest diesel.. but they neve sluggish either. Honest review and i enjoyed reading it.

    Fiat always a petrol heads.. hope they bring real performance petrol car soon.

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