Fabia Vs Polo Compare
For people reading this article might wonder whether it makes any sense to actually compare Fabia & polo now considering the fact that Fabia is almost on the verge of being phased out.However considering the recent trend of badge engineered vehicles (Micra/Pulse,Duster/Terrano,Rapid/Vento) Fabia and Polo are very similar in terms of engines and build but yet distinctively different from each other which the car enthusiast in me couldn't help but bring out through this article
The vehicles at my Disposal was my very Own sweetheart Fabia 1.2 PetrolHTP(2011 Ambiente) and the pre owned Polo 1.2 TDI(2010 highline) of my good friend and fellow TAI
-ger Sandy Kudva(Now again i didn't intend to do a direct comparison of engines one petrol and other diesel and mainly concentrated on bringing about the subtle differences and similarities in these two European beauties)
So on a fine lazy Sunday afternoon we went about clicking pics of these German cousins side by side. LOGOS The Exteriors
The polo with its sleek and elegant design comes one up in terms of exterior styling as compared to conservative boxy design on the Fabia which feels a little outdated. Front
Both these cars have an attractive front Grille. The Grille
The Fabia chrome grille is more prominent then the one on the VW and looks good.The Fabia borrows the low lip designed bumper from the polo. Rear
Rear of both these cars is very simple,but one eye catching feature on Polo is the opening of the Hatch door by folding the VW logo. Lights
These two cars have only a single Reverse lamp on the rear.
Some other external Nitty gritties Interiors
German cars generally score over their Indian and Japanese counterparts when it comes to interiors.The quality of plastics on dashboard on both these cars is really good. Steering
Polo has the 3 spoke design while fabia comes with the 4 spoke steering wheel.Both these vehicles come with Steering adjustment for Rake and Reach. Storage space
Plenty of cubby holes in both.On first glance it would be difficult to differentiate between the two.However The Fabia has two glove compartments as compared to the solitary one in Polo.Also Fabia comes with Illumination in the lower glove compartment. Instrument cluster
The instrument clusters are almost identical except for the backlight color.Polo comes with a white and orange back light which gives a rich feel when driving at night while Fabia is green.(Id prefer the white back light personally wish Fabia also had it)
Also being top of line the polo here also came with a Multi Function Display which gave all sorts of information from Distance to empty to Current mileage and whole lot of other things. Internal Nitty Gritties
Note that Fabia was a mid level while polo was the top of the line model which explains only front Power windows on the Fabia.
The Fabia has a dead pedal which is missing in the polo.
Also the bonnet release on Fabia is on the passenger side which is rather inconvenient whereas on Polo it is present on the driver's side.
Both cars come with height adjustment for driver and only the color differentiates them from each other.
Gear stalks for both are equally good and differ in terms of design.
However when it comes to the horn the polo has the big car sounding trumpet horn(I love this classy sounding horn) which all Skodas except the Fabia have. Boot Space
Fabia comes with 315 litres of boot space which happens to be second largest in its class whereas Polo has a decent 294 litres. Cabin
Overall the cabin of Fabia seems slightly roomier and comfortable owing to its tallness and seats offer better under thigh support as well compared to Polo.But when it comes to aesthetic appeal of dashboard polo scores well over the fabia which has seems a little bland.There is a generous usage of Beige in both the interiors. Engines
Both the cars in context had different engines.Fabia was the 1.2 HTP petrol while the polo was the 1.2 TDI diesel.So a direct comparison would have been unfair however both these are 3 pot motors and on highway drives feel a little underpowered(both with 75bhp).
On the Mileage front The fabia has given me around 12kmpl on city and 16kmpl on the highway. Sandy's diesel polo fares better and has given him around 16kmpl and 21kmpl on city and highway respectively.
On the torque front the Polo delivers 180Nm@2000 rpm while the Fabia with the HTP motor which stands for High Torque Performance gives 110Nm@3750rpm.
So this was a short n sweet comparison of the German cousins both equally good cars to drive and own but with different destinies in the Indian Market.So while the Fabia continues the tradition of some very good cars being highly underrated (like the fiat palio) and goes into its sunset(being phased out) till a newer model is launched which may be somewhere around 2015-16, the Polo continues to be the bread and butter for Volkswagen in India and being rated as one of the best hatchbacks currently available.
Hope it made for an interesting read!!!