Volkswagen has added the new automatic versions of the Polo and Vento to the existing model line-up. Both cars continue to be powered by the new 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine, which is now available with the choice of a six-speed automatic.
When the Volkswagen Vento and Polo made the switch to BS6, both cars ditched their earlier 1.5-litre turbo diesel, 1.2-litre petrol, and 1.6-litre petrol powertrains and picked up a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The engine is good for 108bhp @ 5,000-5,500rpm and 175Nm @ 1,750-4,000rpm. All variants were initially offered as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. And now finally, VW has introduced the automatic versions of these cars with an equally new six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The AT versions of both cars as of now are available in a single top-end Highline Plus variant. The BS6 Volkswagen Polo automatic is priced at Rs 9.67 lakh, while the new Vento automatic is priced at Rs 12.99 lakh (ex-showroom). The claimed fuel efficiency figure for the Polo automatic is 16.47km/l, and the Vento’s efficiency is rated at 16.35km/l. As compared to this, the manual Polo’s efficiency is rated at 18.24km/l, and the Vento manual is rated at 17.69km/l.
'At Volkswagen, our brand philosophy is to be a premium accessible-car manufacturer in India. With that intention, we are launching our automatic variant on the BS6 Polo & Vento. That will continue to offer customers the performance & enhanced fun-to-drive experience, resonating with its maximum power and minimum consumption ideology. With the introduction of the automatic variant, we are making our carlines more accessible for the Indian customers. The smooth gearshift makes it perfect for the Indian driving conditions. The AT transmission also reduces the overall maintenance cost and positively enhances our total cost of ownership (TCO) experience,' said Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India.
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