Volkswagen’s first effort with the Polo in India was an understated one, to put diplomatically. While expectations initially hoped for the 1.2L TSI engine with 105PS, the first generation Polo got the naturally aspirated 3-cylinder 1.2L engine, which was nowhere close to the 105PS TSI that was doing rounds globally at that time. There was a bigger 1.6L engine offered on the more expensive Polo version, which was closer to what was expected in the first place - 105PS. This performance hatch was in the market for a while, but VW took it off the offering list sometime back. It became clear that the company was focusing its energies on fighting with the rivals - Maruti’s Swift and Hyundai’s i20 primarily, both in terms of price, the numbers and to appeal to the sensibilities of a wider demographic of buyers. And, the scenario looked rather bleak for hatchbacks - it seemed they were just meant to be affordable and practical, focusing on low fuel consumption with tiny engines.
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