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New Volkswagen Polo vs Old Model | Design, Specifications, Mileage

Popular German car manufacturer Volkswagen recently unveiled the all-new Polo. This is the sixth generation polo and hence called the Mk 6 Polo.  The new Polo is built on the company’s MQB platform. So, if you are thinking that it is just the platform which has changed, then its not the case. It is a completely new car. It has an updated design, new features and fresh interiors. Even when it comes to dimensions, the 2018 Volkswagen Polo is slightly bigger than the outgoing Mk 5 Polo. Let’s see in detail how the new Volkswagen Polo 2018 compared with the old one in our new 2018 Volkswagen Polo vs Old Model Polo comparison post here.


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2018 Volkswagen Polo vs Old Model Polo

Volkswagen Polo New vs Old

2018 Volkswagen Polo vs Old Model Polo – Specification Comparison

New 2018 Volkswagen Polo1.0-litre NA petrol/1.5-litre turbo diesel65HP/90-130HP
Old Model Polo1.2-litre NA petrol/1.5-litre turbo diesel75HP/90-110HP

Internationally, the new Polo comes with different three-cylinder engines. Out of all the engines, three are turbocharged. To be specific, two of these engines are 1 ltr and two are 1.5 ltr. The least powerful of these engines deliver 65 HP of power while the most powerful delivers 160 HP of power. The new Polo is very fuel efficient as the engines are all three-cylinder units. Though the engines are smaller than the previous Polo, they have the upper hand due to weight reduction and higher fuel efficiency. It will all boil down to how these three cylinder engines perform in the real world conditions. As of now, the exact details of the India spec Polo’s engine are not available. However we expect a 1.0-litre petrol motor and a 1.5-litre Turbo Diesel motor as to power the Polo in India .

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2018 Volkswagen Polo vs Old Model Polo – Mileage Comparison

CarMileage (petrol)Mileage (diesel)
New 2018 Volkswagen Polo19-21 kmpl22-23 kmpl
Old Model Polo16.47 kmpl20.14 kmpl

As we said earlier, the new Polo would be better than the old one in terms of mileage. The petrol model is expected to deliver 19-21 kmpl as compared to the old Polo’s 16.47 kmpl. Even the diesel model would do better in the mileage department,offering 22-23 kmpl as mileage as compared to the old car’s 20.14 kmpl. This should be a very positive point for the new Polo in India as India is a country that loves mileage.

2018 Volkswagen Polo vs Old Model Polo – Dimensions

DimensionsNew 2018 Volkswagen PoloOld Polo
Length (mm)4,0533,971
Width (mm)1,7511,682
Height (mm)1,4461,469
Wheelbase (mm)2,5642,469

Since the new Polo is based on the MQB platform, it would be comparatively bigger than the old Polo . With an overall length of 4,053mm, the new Polo is 82mm longer than the previous model. The increase in size is not limited to just the exteriors. The new 2018 Volkswagen Polo has 95mm more wheelbase than the Mk 5 Polo which makes the wheelbase 2,564mm. When it comes to width, at 1,751mm, the 2018 Volkswagen Polo is 69mm wider than the old Polo. However, the new polo is a bit short of headroom. The headroom is 1,446mm, which is 23mm less than the headroom of the old Polo.

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2018 Volkswagen Polo vs Old Model Polo – Exterior Design Comparison

The new 2018 Volkswagen Polo is based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform. Hence the new Polo is comparatively bigger than the model it replaces. The design too looks much sharper. The  sharp, clear character lines on the sides bonnet and  rear give the Mk 6 Polo a lean and angular look. The new Polo looks sleeker as both the A and C pillars have become more angular than earlier.

Another major design change to be noticed is that the new Polo’s roof ends cleanly in the car’s tailgate. This gives the car a sense of completion to the design. The previous Polo’s  roofline seemed to end abruptly in its almost upright tailgate.

Volkswagen Polo New vs Old Dimensions

With the new design, the new polo looks better balanced from both the front and the rear angles. The new Polo also gets styling changes in the form of slightly curved headlamps with Daylight Running Lights  (DRL’s) that merge into the grille’s single slat. The car also gets new front and rear bumpers. The new Polo boasts of new LED taillamps new design alloy wheels  and twin exhausts.

2018 Volkswagen Polo vs Old Model Polo – Interior Design Comparison

On the inside, the new Polo gets an all-new dashboard which makes it more lively and fresh. The new Polo gets tri-tone colour treatment in the form of exterior colour-matching inserts on the dashboard . The A/C vents also get a new design. A Digital Cockpit comprises of new instrument clusters. The A/C vents get new placement which gives a new look to the center console.

Volkswagen Polo Old vs New Interiors

In the new Polo the infotainment system is mounted above the A/c vents. The engine start/stop button is placed near the gear shifter. The leather seats now get fabric inserts.  It has stripe running through the middle with exterior colour-matching contrast stitching. The MK 5’s interior was already a treat to the eyes but the Mk6’s is all the more superb.

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2018 Volkswagen Polo vs Old Model Polo – Verdict

Design – The MQB platform not only makes the Polo look bigger, but smarter too. The interiors too look fresh and more lively. Thanks to the new dashboard with new instruments and new colors. The 2018 Volkswagen Polo’s dashboard has exterior paint-matching inserts which make it look refreshing.

Specs – The new Volkswagen Polo is powered by a three cylinder engine and has a lower weight. The car offers decent power too. The power output of the new Polo is only marginally less that the old Polo’s engine output.

Mileage – The new Polo is powered by three cylinder engine and hence offers a better mileage. The primary reason for this is, the three cylinder engines help reduce the car weight.

Dimensions – Since the new Polo is based on the MQB platfor, it  bigger in length, width as well as in wheelbase. This gives the new Polo a new advantage as it can better seat taller passengers.

Hope you found this article informative. So, what are your views on the 2018 Volkswagen Polo vs Old Model Polo comparison? Do let us know via the comments section below. Stay tuned to India Autoz for more updates on the new 2018 Volkswagen Polo.

New Volkswagen Polo vs Old Model | Design, Specifications, Mileage
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Abhishek Barmase is a passionate automobile lover who loves to keep himself updated with the latest development in the Indian Automobile Industry. His love for automobiles made him start his own automobile website, http://indiaautoz.in .

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