About a couple of months ago, Volkswagen made the 1.0L TSI turbo-petrol engine a little more accessible in the Polo lineup by introducing it on the mid-spec Comfortline trim. Now, the German carmaker has introduced an automatic transmission option for the mid-spec Comfortline variant. Priced at INR 8.51 lakh (ex-showroom, India), the Volkswagen Polo 1.0L TSI Comfortline AT is now the most affordable automatic variant in the Polo lineup.
The AT transmission was so far reserved only for the top-spec Highline Plus and the GT TSI variants. Until very recently, the Volkswagen Polo was only available with the 76hp, 1.0-litre, three-cylinder MPI engine on the entry-level Trendline and mid-spec Comfortline trims. Meanwhile, the 110hp, 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI engine was offered on the higher-spec Highline Plus and GT TSI variants.
|1.0L MPI Comfortline||INR 6.17 Lakh|
|1,0L MPI Trendline||INR 7.11 Lakh|
|1.0L TSI Comfortline||INR 7.41 Lakh|
|1.0L TSI Comfortline AT||INR 8.51 Lakh|
|1.0L TSI Highline Plus||INR 8.49 Lakh|
|1.0L TSI Highline Plus AT||INR 9.60 Lakh|
|1.0L GT TSI||INR 10.00 Lakh|
Earlier in February this year, Volkswagen launched a limited Polo TSI Turbo Edition, which was based on the Comfortline trim, and brought the TSI turbo-petrol engine, with a manual gearbox, to the mid-spec variant of the Polo. Following that, in April, Volkswagen discontinued the Polo TSI Turbo Edition and replaced it with a standard Comfortline TSI MT version. Now, Volkswagen has added an automatic gearbox option to this variant.
In terms of features, the Volkswagen Polo Comfortline AT comes equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels, front and rear fog lamps, a cooled glovebox, 2-DIN audio system, height-adjustable driver’s seat, tilt and telescopic steering, remote locking, and a rear defogger and wiper. Additionally, Volkswagen is also offering automatic climate control and a Blaupunkt music system as standard on the Comfortline AT trim. The TSI Comfortline MT variant only gets manual air-conditioning and misses out on the special music system as well.
Safety is taken care of by dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, high-speed alert and a seatbelt reminder. The Comfortline AT variant obviously makes the AT transmission on the Polo a lot more accessible, with the Highline Plus AT being priced almost a lakh more, at INR 9.60 lakh*.
For this price, the Volkswagen Polo 1.0L TSI Comfortline AT rivals the likes of the Tata Altroz iTurbo (INR 7.94-9.06 lakh)* and the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios (INR 7.83-7.88 lakh)*, both of which miss out on an automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the Hyundai i20 1.0L turbo-petrol DCT automatic is much more expensive, with prices starting from INR 10.68 lakh*. The Comfortline AT may be the most affordable turbo-petrol automatic hatchback in its segment, but there's no getting away from the sparse equipment list, something at which the competition is way ahead.
*Prices, ex-showroom, Delhi