Should you buy the Volkswagen Polo GT TSi?

The latest buzz among car enthusiasts in India is the newly launched Volkwagen Polo GT TSi. It is going to be the first hot hatch in India. The Polo 1.2  is the top of the line petrol variant in the polo series and it has replaced the Polo 1.6. It has been launched at 7.99 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. That is very decent pricing by Volkswagen. Now, should you actually buy the Polo 1.2 GT? Thats a question that has been in my mind for quite some time. Lets find the answer.

Polo  1.2 India

Polo 1.2 India

Performance and efficiency
The Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSi features the famous TSi motor that has already been seen in the Indian market in some cars like the Superb, Passat, Laura Tsi etc. It has a maximum power output of 103 PS which is just a triffle less when compared to the Vento’s 105 PS power output. TSi stands for “Turbocharged Stratified injection”. In layman terms, it is a petrol engine which is mated to a Turbo charger. The power output, the torque, the mileage everything is improved with the addition of a turbo charger. This Engine is said to take the Polo GT from a standstill to a 100 kmph in 9.7 seconds and a Top Speed of 190 kmph! Thats really quick! Also, they claim that the car would give +17 kmpl mileage. Now that is something that will lure many people who are obsessed with the question “Kitna deti hai?” into buying this car.

Polo TSi GT India

Polo TSi GT India

The gearbox
It features a 7 Speed Automatic DSG Gearbox! Such an advanced gearbox has never been seen in a hatchback in India ever before. Now that 7.99 Lakh price point seems less, doesn’t it?! The DSG gearbox is famous for its refinement and sophisticated technology. Automatic gearboxes are generally ignored by the Indian audience, as they are famous for reducing the fuel efficiency. But this DSG does very little harm to the mileage and hence the company is claiming such high figures.

Should you buy it?
Well, if you wanted a hatchback with automatic transmission this is the one for you. If you want a car that is different than the regular cars on the roads, then again you should get this. But if you are looking out for a car that is fast and furious, you’d be better off waiting for the Fiat Punto ABARTH that is due for launch.

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Why Cars are better than Bikes- Top 5 reasons

Bike enthusiasts, please don’t read this article, it might really offend you guys!

I am a diehard car enthusiast, well that is why I am writing this article in the first place. Let’s get to the top 5 reasons why a car is better than a bike.

  1. Safety: This fact has been accepted worldwide that a car is safer than a bike. But lets make it a little more interesting by doing an experiment in our minds. A Suzuki Swift Zxi costs around 7 Lakhs on-road in India, the Ninja 650R also costs almost the same! Imagine, you are cruising at the highway at 100ish speeds and you suddenly notice that there is a truck in front of you who is moving at 5KMPH! In the Swift, you crash into it, the seat recliner stops you from being thrown out of the car through the front window(If you are wearing your seat belt), the air bags open-up thus providing cushion to your face, the head rest at the back of your seat prevents any injury due to whiplash! You claim your car’s insurance and you drive your car happily ever after! But on the Ninja, in a similar situation, you DIE!! Your family claims your life insurance and you don’t ride your bike ever after! That’s bad 😦
  2. Comfort: A car is undoubtedly more comfortable than a bike. The seating is comfortable, you have the air conditioner, the passenger seat reclines enabling the passenger to comfortably sleep during long journeys. You can peacefully sit in the car’s cabin away from the noise and air pollution! The suspension is also a lot better than that of a bike, so those backaches are less likely.
  3. Convenience: In the summer season riding a bike can be such a task! The scorching heat is just too difficult to deal with! Thankfully in cars, we have window tints and a air conditioner making journeys in the summer season peaceful 🙂
    In the rainy season, even the most passionate bikers start to hate their bikes. I don’t blame them, it is really very irritating in the rains!
    In the winter season, the cold is so much that the bikers need to wear too much clothing that they turn into the biggest fashion disasters. If they don’t wear protective clothing, they may catch a cold! What the hell is the best time to ride a bike then!!!!!!
  4. Performance: Bikers insist that a similarly priced bike is faster than a car. But why do such a vague comparison. Let’s just compare the world’s fastest car to the world’s fastest bike! So it is Hayabusa Vs Buggatti Veyron Grand Sport(I know it is no more the fastest car, but most people are not aware of the CCX)!!!
Spec Hayabusa Veyron
0-100 Kmph 2.6 secs 2.4 secs
Top Speed 310 Kmph +425 Kmph

The above table says it all. But some bikers may argue that a bike will beat a car on the track. Sadly that is not going to happen. Due to the fundamental reason- A car has more grip! 4 tires VS 2 tires. Secondly, a bike cannot accelerate very fast while cornering, if you accelerate too hard while cornering the front wheel may come up, if this happens you cannot steer as the front wheel does all the steering work OR you may simply slip. Whereas in a car, you can floor the throttle while turning. At the most you will have to deal with some amount of understeer (If you drive a FWD) or oversteer that can easily be tackled with the right amount of counter steering.

5. Potential for Mods: There is tremendous potential for aftermarket parts in a car! In a bike all you can do is a bit of paint, graphics, a good headlight and some small performance parts. In a car on the other hand, you can fit in a music system, a nitrous purge kit, a CNG kit also :P, headlights, fog lights, a fridge, huge performance mods, many body mods like scoops, kits, spoilers etc!

Enough of biker bashing for the day! Cheers!