VW New Polo 1.0
THE 999cc may be smaller but it still makes a similar 76hp. But where the new engine loses out is torque; it pushes out only 95Nm compared to the earlier 1.2’s 110Nm.
performance still isn’t effortless. There’s a bit of a delay when you tap the accelerator and the engine takes its time to get moving. Overtaking needs planning and even the mid-range isn’t punchy, with no noticeable rise in performance anywhere along the rev range. It will spin until its 6,500rpm redline, but getting there takes a long time.
Acceleration is close to the 1.2 Polo’s, taking 16.5sec to reach 100kph from standstill. When it comes, the refinement is remarkable. Get on the move, though, and there’s a hint of a rattle from the engine; spin it hard and it emanates a three-cylinder thrum, like before. Fuel efficiency is said to have improved by 2.31kpl, to a claimed 18.78kpl.
The five-speed gearbox is also new. It is still effortless and has short throws. Also, reverse gear isn’t up and away from the first anymore. It is in a more conventional place, beside the fourth. The clutch pedal has a long travel, though it’s fairly light. There aren’t any other noticeable changes to the steering, brakes or suspension tune.
Quality of bits remains top notch and the interiors are superbly put together too. This variant is well equipped and gets kit like dual airbags, ABS with EBD, an auto-dimming mirror, cruise control, touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, one-touch up/down windows, rear air-con vents, climate control, rear wiper/washer, parking sensors, and 16-inch alloy wheels with wide 195mm tyres. Still, it misses out on certain bits like navigation, reversing camera, projector headlamps and keyless entry-go.
|Fuel Type / Propulsion||Petrol|
|Engine Installation||Front, Transverse|
|Cubic Capacity (cc)||999cc|
|Max Power (hp @ rpm)||76hp at 6200rpm|
|Max Torque (Nm @ rpm)||95Nm at 3000-4300rpm|
|No of Gears||5|