If you are in the car business, you might agree that the B-segment is really a competitive market to watch. Every year, car manufacturers are spending millions of peso to come out with its very own “Best Sedan” portfolio fitted to Filipinos. The reality is that sedan cars nowadays are being dominated by Japanese manufacturers. So if you are a newcomer selling a sedan, chances are, you are on that same road of tough competition. Such in the case of Volkswagen Polo Notch.
Compared to other sedans that focus too much on the design, the Volkswagen Polo stays to its true form of Euro simplicity appearance. The distinctive contemporary look of the Polo makes the car a notch higher. Up front, there’s a body colored bumpers, chrome accented front grille, squared halogen headlamps with headlight-range adjustment, and rear fog lamp. The 15-inch alloy wheels of the Polo gives the car a more premium stature.
One of the things I noticed inside the Polo Notch is the color of black orientation throughout the cabin. The dark color background gives the car a more upscale look. Standard features include soft seat fabric, 3-spoke steering wheel and central lock. The instrument cluster looks very conservative with two large dials composed of speedometer, digital trip meter and tachometer. The dashboard and doors are solid plastic, except from the soft touch of steering wheel. There’s also an ample space for storage. For long drives, the center front armrest is a good tool for drivers to relax. Although, I hate to say that there is only 2 power windows controls for the driver. Yes, only two! (Well, if you have kids like me you probably know where my frustration is coming).
POWER and FUEL EFFICIENCY
The Volkswagen Polo, by far, is one of the most economical sedans I drove in my entire life. I managed to consumed a best fuel consumption of 16-kilometer in a liter on highway driving and 12-kilometer in a liter in city driving with heavy traffic. Thanks to its 1.6-liter Multi-Point Fuel Injection gasoline engine that delivers 100 ps at 5,250 rpm and 153 Nm at 3,750 rpm. I’m sure not everyone would believe on my fuel consumption, but the easiest way to achieved this numbers is to try it by yourself.
Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the car’s speed is quite exceptional too. Driving along EDSA during rush hour traffic is not a problem at all, as the car brings comfort to passenger and maneuvering is indeed effortless.
The Volkswagen Polo Notch is a car that are not loaded with all the bells-and-whistles that most sedan cars have. But it doesn’t mean that it can’t do its job. I’ve been driving this car for almost 1 week now and I hardly remember any disappointment during my drive. Price at 840,000, the Volkswagen Polo Notch is really a good bargain for someone who wants to upgrade their drive and experience the best of German technology.
Model : Volkswagen Polo Notch MPI AT
Engine : 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder in-line Multi-point Fuel Injection gasoline
Transmission : 6-speed AT
Power ratings : 105 ps at 5,250 rpm
Torque ratings : 153 Nm at 3,750 rpm
Price as tested : P840,000.00