Since the time of their introduction in the Indian market, the Volkswagen Polo and Vento have soldiered on for years; largely unchanged, barring a few minor updates. Today, Volkswagen has rolled out yet another round of facelifts for the Polo and Vento, which aim to add some freshness into the aging models as we close in on 2020. The Volkswagen Polo facelift is priced at Rs 5.82 – 9.88 lakh, while the Volkswagen Vento facelift is priced from Rs 8.76 lakh.
As part of the update, the Volkswagen Polo and Vento both now get a honeycomb-mesh grille, front bumper and new tail-lights, which are reminiscent of the Volkswagen Polo GTI hot-hatch, and add a dash of sportiness to the appearance of both cars. Higher-spec variants of the new Polo and Vento also get gunmetal-finish alloy wheels in a new design.
Volkswagen has also equipped the new Polo and Vento with its Volkswagen Connect (connectivity suite) as standard on Highline trim and higher. Volkswagen Connect is a dongle based feature and it can be transferred across different Volkswagen cars. The connectivity suite allows trip tracking, driver behaviour and statistic tracking, location sharing and fuel cost monitoring to name a few features.
All variants of the Polo and Vento now also get a seat-belt reminder system, rear parking sensors and a speed alert system. Dual airbags and ABS have been standard across the Polo and Vento range, and that remains unchanged with the facelifts.
On the engine side of things, the Polo continues with the 76hp, 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol and the 90hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine options. The Polo GT variants also continue to have the BS4-compliant 105hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and the 110hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine on offer, both of which will be phased out by the time BS6 emission norms come into effect on April 1, 2020. Also carrying over engine options is the Vento facelift, which continues with the same 105hp, 1.6-litre petrol, the 105hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and the 110hp, 1.5-litre diesel engines.
The German carmaker has also introduced a new 5 year standard warranty for the diesel variants of the Polo, Ameo and Vento. Volkswagen claim this will result in a 30 percent reduction in the cost of ownership for these cars.
In India, the Polo facelift rivals the like of the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Ford Figo; while the Vento facelift will take on the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
|Volkswagen Polo, Vento facelift prices (ex-showroom, pan-India)|
|Polo||Rs 5.82 - 7.76 lakh||Rs 7.34 - 9.31 lakh|
|Polo GT||Rs 9.76 lakh||Rs 9.88 lakh|
|Vento||Rs 8.76 - 13.17 lakh||Rs 9.58 - 14.49 lakh|
|Vento GT Line||Rs 13.17 lakh||Rs 14.49 lakh|
All prices are introductory, ex-showroom Pan-India.
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