Volkswagen Polo Trendline TDi - White


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A bit late to post, brother-in-law took Volkswagen Polo 3 months back.

Why Polo??
Simple, he wanted nothing else, but a Polo. Love at first sight, rather first drive [:)]. He was driving a 5-speed 800, which was troublesome and badly needed replacement. His brother was having a FIAT Palio Multijet, so didn't want another FIAT at home.

First plan was to take a petrol Trendline as he didn't want to spend much on a car and monthly running was low. Additional features of Comfortline tempted to upgrade to that. Again same temptation and finally petrol Highline.

Then thought why spending this much on petrol, decided to go for TDi Trendline. Story starts now.

Booked the car on July 30, 2011 making full payment 6.02 L onroad. Car was ready as promised in 15 days, but he wanted to take delivery with sister (she is working in KA) so decided to wait till she come for leave. Days went by and no leave for her. So finally settled to take delivery. Took the car on 24 August 2011.

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Paid almost 10k extra for painting door handles and mirror white and beige floor mats. Usual dealer gimmick, ICE install outside will void warranty. He was offering OEM look-alike 2 DIN player plus 4 Kenwood speaker for 22k, no USB, Nippon make. Other option was a Kenwood 1 DIN with same speaker setup for same rate, had USB, aux-in and bluetooth. He was ready to pay if it had the same OEM setup quality, which was very impressive. Dealer said nothing can match that. I convinced him to ICE from outside without voiding the warranty.

Nothing came free. Only a fake-perfume gel and a box of home-made chocolate.

15k km update >>15k km update

30k km update>>30k km update

Tyre Upsized>>Tyre Upsized
Tyre snaps + Broken Mirror

Crossed 45k km>> No details available with me.

Crossed 70 and gets even bigger Tyres>> Yokohoma
 
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Congratulations to your brother in law Deville and to you too. Nice car and nice colour to say the least. How is the buying, dealer experience ? What all are in the pipeline to install !
 
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Initial impression:

It was more of a highway car or may be I'm very much used to petrol cars. Turbo lag is one thing to get used to, no go than a down shift if speed falls or rpm goes down 1.5k rpm. Diesel clatter was very much more for a car of this price. Annoying from outside, but very silent inside. Plus point was very much effortless and cruisable on highways, 100+ very much doable at decent rpms. Handling was also good despite the skinny tyres, no bodyroll at all around corners.

No compatible remote lock nor individual door lock.

Economy was 17-18 for highway. 15+ in city with full time AC.

No free services and service interval is every 15k km, which is a boon [evil]

Heard services are too costly, gotta see that.

It's a high quality, but basic for the price car.

Let the snaps roll [evil]:

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The Alloy wheels look-a-like wheel caps are full metal.
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The engine compartment

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Covered battery terminal, not good for my DIY activities [evil]

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Well insulated.

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Even the struts are covered.

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Heat insulated bonnet stay.

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Wiper movement restricted.

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Congratulations! Polo is raining all around. I am a fan of its sophisticated and understated looks.

He was driving a 5-speed 800, which was troublesome and badly needed replacement.
What were the troubles?

First plan was to take a petrol Trendline as he didn't want to spend much on a car and monthly running was low. Additional features of Comfortline tempted to upgrade to that. Again same temptation and finally petrol Highline. Then thought why spending this much on petrol, decided to go for TDi Trendline. Story starts now.
So many twists. Both the variants have a notable difference of features. If the running is low then he could have bought Petrol and enjoyed those features.

Paid almost 10k extra for painting door handles and mirror white and beige floor mats.
Good add-ons. Post some interior images as well.

Drive Safe,
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The cockpit. Steering is reach/tilt adjustable.

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Simple and elegant dials.

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Multi-information display.

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Oh, it was transparent mat, not beige [:)]

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Cubbyholes and pockets.

Simple AC controls.

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Typical VW style rotary headlamp controls.

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The ever confusing LHD format controls.

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Finding Reverse bit difficult after getting used to our regular shift pattern. Push down and shift.

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No electric adjust for base model.

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Door lock/unlock only on driver door. No remote lock for base model. Still under development and will hit showroom soon as per the showroom guy.

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Armed.

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Neatly tucked in bonnet release.

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No need for internal boot release. Just push the logo and lift it.

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Push to open fuel lid.

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The factory fitted antenna.

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Lowest position of rear window.

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Seatbelt height adjust.

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HQ door handles.

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Child safety lock/unlock only with key. Kid can't mess with it.

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The painted mirror and handles. Though costly and painted by dealer, it covers 6-year warranty for painting.

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Black pillars are plastic bits.

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Deep and large boot. Swallows eveyrthing. Parcel tray in pending list. Will be added at next showroom visit.

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Everything neatly tucked in.

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Recess handle to close the boot.

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The key [evil]

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Performance 100+ at just 2.5k rpm

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Gear shift indicator goes crazy with engine speed, thanks to the turbo lag [evil]

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The car got roughened finished running board to repel dirt. Forgot to click that.

RHS mirror glass broke in a narrow brush with a speeding biker. Mirror unit intact, not even a scratch.
 
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Great car and great pictures. Congrats to your brother in law!!
Even my brother has a Petrol TL in Red, and it is pretty great to drive with build which seems like a segment above.

Polo in white really stands out and looks classy.
 
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ICE and mods

Initial plan was to get it done at Jerry's Performance, best premium car audio installer in town. He offered JVC 426 HU and 2 pair Auditor speaker for 15k.

Brother wanted me to work out on either a basic 2DIN or a good 1 DIN with Bluetooth. I wandered all over TVM and Parijath Ultimate Car Accesories gave the best quote with Pioneer 6050UB 2DIN and 2 pair JBL GT6-366 for the same 15k. Finalized the plan.

Reached there for install and found 2DIN won't fit in Polo without faceplate change. No dealer had it and finally had to leave away the 2 DIN plan. There was a good array of Pioneer HUs. Decided to workout on a high-end Pioneer HU and 2 front door speakers and 2 ovals on parcel tray. Everything came up to 18k. Then the shop owner, a well-knowledgable guy said oval is old style and go for all door speakers and add subwoofer at next phase of mod.

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Opted for Pioneer HU and component speaker and JBL coaxial door speakers. All came to 16k

Installing the HU was a mess as a cross member in the HU frame was blocking the connections. The installer guy got through it by filing it a bit.

Pioneer 4390UB

Customizable display color. Ipod direct control. USB/Aux in.

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Pioneer A1702C

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JBL GT6-366

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Antenna plug adapter was not available at time of install and was promised later. Took the car there weeks later. They gave the adapter for free. Fixed the rattling rear door, which they didn't fix properly. And the shop owner convinced bro to do seat covers [clap]. Charged 4k for that. Work was neat, but not upto mark. Bro chose Beige with black inserts, inverse of what I had in mind. Black with beige inserts was in my mind, perfect blend for the interiors.

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Thanks all.

Congratulations to your brother in law Deville and to you too. Nice car and nice colour to say the least. How is the buying, dealer experience ? What all are in the pipeline to install !
Dealer was very helpful. Full followup till delivery.

What were the troubles?
Lived its life. Lots of hickups. Invested lot on repairing it, then thought of selling it. Got 85k for the 1999 model.

So many twists. Both the variants have a notable difference of features. If the running is low then he could have bought Petrol and enjoyed those features.
Diesel heart was always tempting [evil]

Congrats, Can you post some thing about performance.
Slow speed driving is a bit headache with the turbolag. Once it starts picking up speed, say some 30s, its a rocket [evil]
 
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Congrats on your new polo ! Polo looks superb in White .Glad to see a review from Trivandrum [;)] seems you have bargained a lot from the dealer, you got it at 6.02L. You got the doorhandles and ORVMs painted eh? Cant really spot the difference between Trendline and Comfortline [:)].
 
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Congrats man.Solid car,price justify POLO image.Only POLO and PUNTO are the best looking hatch in India.Seat cover color combination is good.How is the ground clearance?
 
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Congrats on the new car and amazing pics. When I took the test drive for Polo even I found it real difficult for the press and push reverse pattern. Will take some time to get use to. All and all polo diesel is amazing solid build german car.
 
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