The moment you walk up and open the door of a German car, the first thing you notice after opening the door is the strong build quality and the “thud” when shutting the door is something that can not be compared to any other car.
Once you step in, you’re greeted by an analogue instrument cluster. (thank god!) with a digital M.I.D displaying all your important information. An all black interior with the flat bottom steering wheel along with aluminum pedals adds to the sporty appeal. The plastics could be better and the features list is not as vast when compared to other rivals in this class. Essentials like Apple carplay/Android auto, automatic climate control, reverse parking sensors are present and accounted for.
But why do you buy a polo? For the driving experience of course! and man! Starting off the first thing one would notice is how soft the clutch is. The bite point is easy to judge unlike some cars. Release the clutch and the car starts to crawl forward without any throttle input. (on a flat surface). With a light dab on the throttle, the engine responds beautifully, turbo lag is evident but is not bad at all. Smash the throttle and man the fast revving motor propels the car ahead in an addictive manner. Before you know it you’re crossing city speed limits. The turbo kicks in at about 1800RPM so that’s where you want to be in order to make quick overtakes. There is that typical three cylinder thrum at certain speeds and the engine is not as refined as the older 1.2L TSI. Steering is direct and has good weight to it. Suspension is set up on the stiffer side like most cars these days but it’s not uncomfortable by any means of imagination. The gearbox is smooth and precise for the most part but still not as engaging as the Japanese cars.
VW has increased the ground clearance of the car and that is evident when you look at it from the side. oh. talking about the design, it is still one if not the best looking hatchbacks in India despite being over 10 years old. VW have added the GTI like bumpers in the front and rear which add to the sporty appeal of the car.
You don’t buy a polo for it’s features or the space it offers, you’re better off going with newer cars like the 2020 i20 for those things. The VW polo is still relevant in our market despite being so old purely because of the driving pleasure it offers. The folks at VW have done a stunning job with this new 1.0 TSI engine producing 110PS. it will surely put a smile on your face when the turbo kicks in and you take it all the way to the redline.
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Renault India have launched the much awaited Duster 1.3L Turbo Petrol. The car was showcased at the 2020 Delhi auto expo and was only recogonised by those keen observers as it still retains the same design language of the normal duster with the addition of some Red accents on the grill, front bumper and the “Duster” script on the rear. It gets new 17 inch Diamond cut alloy wheels which look rather good on the car.
The interiors stay the same. Renault haven’t made any changes to the Turbo variants interior. Although, it would’ve been nice to see the red accent theme continue to the interior.
Talking about features, Renault have added remote pre-cooling, Hill start assist and ESP. Keep in mind that Hill start assist and ESP are available only with the CVT option. All the other features have been carried over from the regular duster.
Now, the biggest change is seen under the hood. A new 1.3L Turbo Petrol engine that produces 156 PS of power and 245 Nm of torque. This is class-leading power and a big step up from the older engines. Renault have co-developed this engine with Nissan and Daimler. A lot of new technology has gone into this engine which is why it’s able to produce so much power with such low displacement. In fact some tech in this engine is derived from the Nissan GT-R Supercar. This engine can be had with the option of either a 6-Speed manual or 7 step CVT gearbox.
Prices for the Duster Turbo petrol start at 10.49 lakh for the base RXE variant and go up to 13.59 lakh for the top-end RXZ CVT variant.
The Honda Jazz has been in the market for sometime now, but it still sells in good numbers because it’s one of the best cars in the premium hatchback segment. It is easy to drive, has loads of space, good features, good ride quality and Honda’s reliability.
Honda have given the jazz a few updates throughout it’s life cycle but the 2020 model is the most significant update yet.
Believe it or not, the Renault Duster and the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross are closer than you think in terms of price. This is both the cars are sold with the option of a petrol engine only since the BS6 norms kicked in. The Renault Duster’s pricing ranges from 8.59-9.99 Lakh for the top-spec RXZ variant. The S-Cross’s prices range from 8.39-12.39 lakh for the top-end Alpha AT variant. But we’ll be concentrating on the top-end Manual variants as the Duster is not offered with an automatic.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited have launched the already well known S-Cross in petrol guise now. The S-Cross used to come with the 1.3L multijet diesel which has now been replaced by the 1.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine paired with the “smart Hybrid” tech that is currently being used in the Ciaz, Ertiga, Brezza and the XL6. The claimed mileage for the new S-Cross is 18.55 Km/L (MT) & 18.43 Km/L (AT).
Nissan India has revealed interior sketches of their upcoming compact SUV called the Magnite. The Magnite will compete with established players in this segment like the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue and the Ford Ecosport. It will be interesting to see the powertrain options to be offered on the Magnite considering the number of options the Hyundai Venue has. Let’s not get too carried away, let’s take a look at the interior sketches for now.