Volkswagen India has finally launched the updated versions of Polo and Vento in India. The new Polo facelift is priced from Rs 5.82 lakh (ex-showroom) which goes up to Rs 9.88 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-of-the-line model. On the other hand, the VW Vento facelift costs Rs 8.76 lakh (ex-showroom). The German car maker is looking to add some amount of freshness to the ageing models with minor updates before launching the new generation versions. The next-gen model are likely to be launched by 2020. Maruti Suzuki Announces Two-Day Operational Halt at Gurugram, Manesar Plants Amid Auto Sector Gloom in India.
As far as the updates are concerned, both Polo and Vento now get a honeycomb mesh grille with revamped front bumper and newly designed tail lights. Moreover, the cars gives reminiscence to the Polo GTI hot hatchback, which adds more sporty character to the looks and character. The company also offers gunmetal finished alloy wheels in totally new design, but they are seen on the higher spec variants only.
The car maker has introduced the Volkswagen Connect, a connectivity suite as standard from Highline Trim of Polo and Vento. It is important to note that Volkswagen Connect is essentially a dongle based feature that allows trip tracking, driver behaviour and statistic tracking, location sharing and fuel cost monitoring and much more.
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On the safety front, both Polo and Vento come with dual airbags and ABS as standard along with seat-belt reminder system as well as rear parking sensors. The facelifted versions of Polo and Vento also get speed alert system.
On the mechanical front, the 2019 VW Polo gets 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine options. The units are capable of makinf 76hp and 90hp of maximum power respectively. Moreover, the GT version of Polo continues to get a BS4 compliant 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. It is important to note that both the engines will be phased out once the new BS6 norms come into effect from April 1, 2020. On the other hand, the new 2019 VW Vento facelift continues to sport same engine options - 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines.
In terms of rivalry, the 2019 Polo facelift will go against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Ford Figo. However, the Vento facelift will be pitted against the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City & Hyundai Verna.